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Oct 24, 2011 07:10 PM

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.