I first heard about Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles (yes, that’s right, they have a website with music) whilst doing some fried chicken related research online. Last month I was in LA and had to check it out with a friend.
Once we arrived I saw they had security on the door, at that moment I knew Roscoe's meant business, London based chicken shops should take note; if you are going to serve crackfoods employ appropriate measures.
The two of us ordered a No. 18 (1Pc Chicken and Waffle) each and 6 wings to share. Whilst we waited for the food it was a pleasant surprise to notice most of the other tables were occupied by pairs of girls; big up the beautiful chicken loving ladies, soon the food arrived and our attention was back to the matter at hand.
As you can see the waffle came caked in butter along with a generously sized pot of maple syrup.
The chicken was top quality with crisp flavoursome spicy skin surrounding moist juicy meat. On the standard of the chicken alone it is not hard to see why Roscoe's has been open some 30 years.
The waffle was also delicious and only became more so as the butter melted.
Combining both elements and adding the maple syrup as a catalyst unleashed the true power of Roscoe's.
The crispy skin/juicy meat/buttery waffle/syrup combo is a true lick, the flavours and textures complimented each other superbly whilst the substance of the meal ensured I was one tasty step closer to a heart attack. At first I was hesitant about the syrup but it soon began to flow freely.
The wings were hench and had been cooked in a different batter to the chicken which made them a nice addition to the meal. Needless to say they were well lush, I want live in a world where I can get 4 of these from Morley's for £1.
After the meal, as we walked home, a strange but warming sensation of peace and sedation took us over, liked they’d slipped us a valium on the sly, much more than your average foodcoma. We were disorientated and unsure about what had just happened but we knew it was a good thing.
Next time I go I’ll try the gravy, I wasn't feeling it from the picture but from my experience this time I'm sure it's deep.
Novelty Value: 100%
BUPA Health Rating: -2%
Hunger Quench Level: 12
Overall Rating: 8.75/10
Overall Verdict: Roscoe’s will really put you on a level. Although, at around £8 each with drinks it's hardly cheap fast food, that, and the fact I saw no special meals offered for juniors, is why it doesn't score top marks. If you're in L.A. and you love fried chicken, and lets face it who doesn't, then Roscoe's is not an experience to miss out on.