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The Obama caravan at Roscoe's for a little snack...

Just something kinda Chowish and Presidential that my wife just shared with me. She was on her way home from the mid-Wilshire area around the time that the President's caravan was cruising through. Stuck in traffic, she noticed that the caravan stopped by Roscoe's on Pico. While I applaud the POTUS for stopping by one of LA's culinary institutions, I'd suggest he give Pann's a try next time. They're closer to LAX, their chicken wings and waffle are pretty tasty as well, he could sub for one of the best patty melts this side of heaven, and maybe he can write up a Presidential order for Pann's to rectify the corned beef hash situation.

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  1. Not to be racially insensitive or stereotypical, but maybe he felt sort of obligated to go to Roscoe's as an African-American president.

    Sort of like if there was an Asian-American president he (or she) might feel sort of obligated to go to Din Tai Fung or something, or maybe 85C.

    Plus, with the way things are going for him, he probably needs all the votes he can get, even in a traditionally strong Blue block like African-Americans.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      He was invited there by Congresswoman Karen Bass and the restaurant is in her district... so it really wasn't his call and quite politically expendient...


      1. re: Dommy

        I still like their Eggo-style waffles with their salty whipped butter.

        But the fried chicken has gone seriously downhill.

        Sometimes the craving for chicken and waffles hits and then I attend to my hunger. But in the end, I'm usually not at all satisfied.

        And on a few occasions the fried chicken was ultra greasy and oily though not in a good way.

        On the plus side, I've heard Stevies Creole Cafe in Encino is now doling out fried chicken and waffles. I've always loved the smoky, peppery fried chicken when I had it at the old now long defunct Stevie's on the Strip joint along Jefferson Blvd, hard by Crenshaw.

    2. I decided to stay at work extra late tonight to miss the hellacious traffic. Got a lot of stuff done. Mission accomplished.

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        1. I have never been to a Roscoe's.....any comments about their food?

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          1. re: HBfoodie

            I'm not a big waffle person anymore, not since my teens, but Roscoe's are IMO a lot better than Pann's, to about the same extent as Pann's chicken is better. The rest of their offerings (except for the mac'n'cheese, when they have it) are underwhelming. We take visitors there once (to the Pasadena location very near us) and maybe encourage them to get a T-shirt, because it's cute and cool and fun. You can get big servings of livers or gizzards, too, which I enjoy doing now and then.

            1. re: Will Owen

              I always get #9, smothered. Waffle cooked crispy. Sprinkled (okay, maybe more doused) with hot sauce. Perfection. I also really like their collards.

            2. re: HBfoodie

              it's a good place to go to once, just to say that you've gone.

            3. While I have never eaten at Roscoe's on Pico, I've driven by it a zillion times on my way to Lucy's Mexican-American Drive-thru, just a block down Pico on the corner of La Brea. Last night I was on my usual trip to Lucy's when the radio traffic report mentions that the President had stopped at Roscoe's, on his way to a benefit dinner no less. I thought 'how odd' for the President to go to Roscoe's since it's kind of a 'divish' looking area institution, maybe he heard good things about them? Later, on the ch 2 TV news they mentioned the President's stop, and that four other Presidents had stopped there also, Nixon, Carter, Clinton, & Bush(?). So, maybe its now the 'thing' to do for a President on the campaign trail, and enjoy the food! BTW, Lucy's has the best onion rings around, and my personal favorite is their egg & onion burrito.

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              1. re: Vlashba

                What else is good at Lucy's???

                I've never tried it before.

                1. re: kevin

                  I'm a burrito kinda-person, so I can't speak to about 80% of their menu. Since I'm 'watching' my weight lately, my favorite is the Onion egg burrito. Add the cheese for more flavor. I like their chicken w/rice, all-beef, all-pork, go green if you're into spicy, & w/potatoes if you want more 'filling', carnitas, and machaca (not so much as the others). There's a hundred other items/combos that I can't speak to...Vlashba

                  1. re: Vlashba

                    My regular items from Lucy's are the all-meat chile verde or rojo burritos. Machaca is pretty good too.

                2. re: Vlashba

                  Mmmmmmmmm! Never been to Roscoes but I'd drive from Las Vegas for Lucy's salad dressing. Everything I've ever had there has been good but that salad dressing is really unique.

                  1. re: Vlashba

                    Lucy's if very similar to Cinco de Mayo in Culver City, IMO.

                    I actually thought CDM used to be a Lucy's.

                    I used to eat at the Lucy's near Pico and Hoover when I was in college.

                    1. re: PaulF

                      CDM formerly was Lucy's...my favorite location of the bunch, but alas, now not the same, not as good.

                      1. re: Vlashba

                        Fair enough, I can't remember well enough to compare.

                        CDM also has that really good egg and onion burrito, though.

                        They also have a very interesting fish burrito, with I think I mayo sauce inside. I get it once in a while, but have trouble describing it. It doesn't have the rice and beans you think you're gonna get.

                        CDM is decent for when you want greasy and cheap. The people are nice.

                        But it's perfectly possible Lucy's is better. For me, CDM is just closer.

                  2. While Pann's is good, Roscoe's is an institution. With so many references in popular culture, it's a no brainer. I actually like the chicken and the waffles. Plus, the one near the airport - on Manchester, is still getting it's cooking legs. I like to take visitors to Roscoe's - especially because it's usually quick, the food hot and the crowd enjoyable.

                    1. My wife and I, 8 or 9 years ago, ate at Vida, Fred Eric's Silver Lake restaurant. I ordered an entree called Diana Ross's Chicken and waffles, It was fabulous. I found out that she loved the dish from Roscoe's. The next week we went to Roscoe's on Pico Blvd. We both ordered the #9. We now go there maybe once a month to eat the #9.

                      1. I had the fried chicken livers the last time I was there - amazing !

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                        1. re: mikester

                          I also had the fried chicken livers and highly recommend. Shared w 3 others the plate was piled high and delicious!