Before oldest nephew and lil' sis left to go back, we met up with my brother and his family for a late lunch at Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in Pasadena.
Roscoe's is a small chain of five restaurants that's been an L.A. institution for decades. It's been mentioned in several movies and rap songs, but my first introduction to Roscoe's was actually more than a decade ago through a college friend's friend. We alternated entertaining duties, and while I can't remember if I took her anywhere interesting, I do remember that her friend introduced me to Versailles' lemon garlic roast chicken and Roscoe's chicken and waffles (the location on Pico Boulevard though).
The Pasadena location was packed that Sunday in June and we had to wait for about 20 minutes for a table.
There's a weird divider that runs through the restaurant so it felt a little like we were eating in a hallway. I had only eaten at this location once or twice before.
Mmm. Sweet tea with free refills, $2.30.
My brother and his wife split the Herb's Special, half chicken and two waffles, $15.30. Lil' sis got the Carol C Special, one chicken breast and one waffle, $8.50.
I got the House Combo #22 with mac and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, and two thighs, $11.40. I swapped one of my chicken pieces for half of oldest nephew's waffle.
Oldest nephew got chicken livers and a waffle, $10.40. A huge plate of fried chicken livers. He's crazy! They were good, but I can't eat a whole plate of them. Douse them with hot sauce for maximum flavor.
The waffles and fried chicken are decent. It's just the combo of the two that gets people here. I think the food at the Pasadena location is better than the Pico one though.
Personally, I think the fried chicken is juicier and the waffles are better at Merritt Bakery & Restaurant - Oakland, but that's too far away so Roscoe's will have to do. Thankfully, I rarely get fried chicken and waffle cravings. Fried chicken, yes. Waffles, not really.
But hey, chicken and waffles are totally an L.A. thing via Harlem anyway, and now oldest nephew can say he's tried this too.
Other fried chicken and waffle restaurants:
Merritt Bakery & Restaurant - Oakland
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles
830 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Monday to Thursday, and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight
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