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Does anyone also agree with me that Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is just not that great?

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About 15 years or a maybe at least a decade ago, it was pretty darn good i though, but over the years for me it seems to have seriously gone downhill though i still love their eggo-like waffles. but the fried chicken is barely ok, or not even that.

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  1. I agree. Went as part of my waffle quest (see above). After a wait for a table, I got some chicken and waffle. The waffle was soft, flat, and flabby -- no crispiness at all. The chicken pieces were small and typical diner fried chicken -- not at all juicy, crust insubstantial and not especially flavorful. I like the spicy at Popeyes or even KFC more. The service was very friendly and efficient (they got me in and out of there fast) but nothing that made me want to return, and on the expensive side.

    As long as we're talking waffles, I also tried Pann's, and the waffle there didn't do it for me either.

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    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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    1. re: nosh

      yeah, i forgot to mention that it is really expensive too.

      1. re: kevin

        And Kevin, I know that you are not averse to dropping $$$$$ and ordering the entire menu when things are good. But it is annoying when you pay $10.95 for something that should be at least two or three bucks cheaper and it isn't even really tasty. Value!

        1. re: nosh

          Wrong kevin. You're thinking of "kevin h" of kevineats.com

    2. Who goes to Roscoe's because it is great? You go because it is Roscoe's. Where else are you going to get a fried chicken liver omelet? Where else can you order a waffle with a side of fried chicken and not have the waitress cock a disapproving eye at you?

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      1. re: scottca075

        I never been a fan of Roscoe's myself but I do get it if people like to go there.

        I can eat at Tito's no problem and Marisco Chente's no big whoop.

        1. re: scottca075

          "Where else can you order a waffle with a side of fried chicken and not have the waitress cock a disapproving eye at you?"

          Pann's

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          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          1. re: Servorg

            Panns = overrated.

            jan's = fluffy and crisp belgian waffle and better chicken

            jans on beverly east of la cienega

            1. re: jessejames

              I've given this place two tries because some older neighbors who like inexpensive food eat there once a week with a coupon & they go for the specials.
              What I've deduced is that it's a diner with mediocre food and lots of old timers who enjoy having someone remember them when they walk through the door. A few tourists who want to experience some old LA landmark.
              The salad I had was awful....week(s) old iceberg with veggies to match. I can't imagine the 'fluffy and crisp belgian waffle and better chicken' being any better.
              Bleh.

              1. re: latindancer

                wait, is this in regards to panns's or jann's on beverly ?

                thanks.

                1. re: kevin

                  Wait a minute. You went to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles and didn't have the chicken OR the waffles? Your indictment of the place is based on the SALAD? REALLY!? This type of input is precisely why peer review sites often lack credibility.

                  Don't get me wrong, I'm not a big fan of Roscoe's (and I've eaten there several times) but to give the joint a thumbs down without trying their signature dish is like going to The House of Pies and complaining their bugers aren't up to snuff. Consider the weight your words carry when you put them in print.

                  1. re: Steve2 in LA

                    no, i did have the fried chicken and waffles.

                    i think just the three posts above in response to the OP was on discussing different restaurants, so the salad or whatever was not in reference to Roscoe's.

                    1. re: Steve2 in LA

                      I like Roscoe's....or at least I did a few years ago. You might want to read the thread again. I was referring, not Kevin, to a person's opinion about Jan's Coffee Shop. I think the food is awful based on the food I ate there....the salad being part of my meal. I would never eat there again.

                    2. re: kevin

                      This is in regards to Jan's on Beverly.
                      I was responding to jessejames.

              2. re: scottca075

                Agreed. Phillipe's is not that great, Apple Pan is not that great, Pink's is not that great, and so it goes.

              3. ive eaten there 3 times...once in pasadena ..very so so....the chicken lacks moisture and tenderness....the service is very good..red beans and rice tasty and fresh.....chicken needs attention..a better batter would also help....

                1. I like how you can opt to get your fried chicken 'smothered' in that oniony gravy at Roscoes. I like the smothering, though for most folk that would kinda defeat the purpose of fried(crispy) chicken...

                  1. There's better fried chicken, like Honey's Kettle Chicken in Culver City. But it's still not Roscoe's, people go for the novelty. That said, I don't care about novelty.

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                    Honey's Kettle
                    2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221