BY: BRITTANY BALLARD
As I headed for the door, I had to squeeze through the crowd of patrons hanging out outside waiting for their numbers to be called. Reaching the hostess stand, I asked how long the wait would be and the hostess responded, “Probably just 45 minutes to an hour.”
“Just 45 minutes,” I said—but I was informed that this was just another typical day at the famous Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Long Beach. People come from all over and are willing to wait as long as they need to try the much talked about and quite odd combination of fried chicken and waffles.
I spoke with a few customers who were waiting for a table to see why this place is so popular. “My wife and I have been coming here for years because the chicken is so good,” said Rodney Robinson. “I get six chicken wings and two waffles, and my wife gets the Country Girl every time. Put some hot sauce on my wings and it can’t get any better!”
Another patron explained that he was from New Orleans and whenever he visits California he never fails to stop by a Roscoe’s for some “good ol’ southern style chicken.”
Roscoe’s prepares their chicken with their own secret recipe, which explains the amazing taste of the crunchy, buttery and slightly sweet fried outer layer. The waffles are made with their own mix blending the perfect amount of sugar and spices to create a delicious breakfast item that is enjoy at all hours of the day and night. By the end of my chicken legs and waffle meal, I can truly admit that it was “finger-lickin’ good.”
Not only do people come for the famous food, but this location is the only Roscoe’s that offers live jazz and R&B music at night on the weekends and karaoke on Wednesday nights.
“You won’t see an empty seat in this house on the weekends. No way,” said a Roscoe’s waitress as she was waiting for her table’s drinks at the bar.
The Long Beach Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles soul food restaurant was the first of seven chains located around the Los Angeles area. It was founded in 1975 and is not only famous for serving chicken and waffles together, but is well-known as a favored spot for celebrities as well. President Obama, Snoop Dogg, David Beckham, and Larry King, to name a few, have been spotted dining at this famous soul food restaurant chain.
Go see what all the commotion is about, and experience some soul food for yourself at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Downtown Long Beach located at 730 East Broadway.