TALKING ABOUT FOOD YOU DON’T LIKE

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So far so good on #LostandHungry! We’re being told to try some fantastic food and you’re taking us to some really interesting places. Places that we’d probably never have even considered if we were exploring L.A. by ourselves. That’s what this tour is all about, using the collective knowledge of the whole community. You don’t even have to be local to get involved… Pick menu items for us, have us eat your favourites and tell us what food cities are best known for!

We’re hitting up some major locations, but also trying our best to head over to individual recommendations and check them out. Two of the foods we were told that we must try in L.A. were Fried Chicken and Waffles and Donuts!

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGenerally when we’re told where to go we literally have no idea what we’re going to turn up to. We hit up a popular Fried Chicken and Waffle place called Roscoe’s… And it was an experience! It’s not the fanciest building but seriously, you know where it is because there are people everywhere outside of the restaurant. We weren’t sure what was going on until we rocked up to the hostess and were told it was a 25 minute wait to get a table… wow! This place is seriously popular.

The wait gave us a chance to run across the bridge (leaving Jamie to hold our spot) over the freeway to check out an iconic L.A. donut. If you look at the picture below, you probably recognise the HUGE donut, but there’s just one tiny hatch with another big queue! We grabbed a quick recommendation from the cashier and tried them right in the carpark.

These were good doughnuts (donuts, we’re in America, right?). They were light and airy, and the chocolate one was just like a really really good cake… But was it the best donut we’ve ever had?

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Umm… No.

Awkward, right?

So here’s the thing… You know we’re always honest with you. Well this puts us in an awkward position because we need to be honest about everything but we’re also conscious that we’re following up on recommendations from you and want to remain polite!

We’re not reviewing restaurants/food vendors, we’re exploring food, and we’re not going to like everything. It’s just not going to happen. It doesn’t mean the food is bad, it doesn’t mean that you’re wrong to like it… It just means that it’s not for us.

So if it’s cool with you, we’d love to tell you our honest opinions on what we eat… And maybe we’ll just add a #NoOffence after!!

ANYWAY, back to donuts and Chicken and Waffles…

So these doughnuts were good but not great. It’s an iconic place and obviously popular, but we’ll keep looking for the best doughnuts out here!

Next up, back to Roscoe’s and another order of whatever the waiter wanted to give us! The restaurant was packed and the atmosphere was great. It was obvious that this place is a favourite that people keep coming back to. The food came and the portions are incredible. The food is hanging off the plate and we LOVE that! (Jamie) 😀

So what Roscoe’s is famous for is Chicken and Waffles. Most tables around us were having it. It’s simple and looks like a real crowd pleaser, but again, honestly, we weren’t 100% sold on it! We’ve never tried whipped butter on waffles (that we also associate with sweet!) and we’ve never had our fried chicken drenched in maple syrup either! Overall we could kind of see how it might work, but this particular chicken and waffle just didn’t cut it for us.

That said, it’s now on our list of things to cook and develop because of this trip! It was well worth having a go.

What do you guys think of chicken and waffles? Should we have tried the dish elsewhere?

And what do you think to our honesty policy? Could we do it any better?

  • Elie Glyn

    Unfortunately, you really can’t expect these well-known spots that draw all the tourists to have the best food. Those places serving the best food are often not in the most exciting areas to visit. (Strip malls, we call them in the US.) But it’s good that you got to see these iconic spots. I suppose you could do worse than to visit Pink’s hot dogs as well, for a bit of Hollywood schlock served with bacon and relish.
    It’s hard to explain the appeal of Roscoe’s (which I love!) to the American palette. Chicken and waffles hit all our favorite marks: greasy, coated in sticky-sweet, all on a base of starchy. It’s at once plain and simple, yet disgustingly vulgar. There’s really no reason for you to try to improve upon this dish, because while it undoubtedly great, it is not, as you have observed, what you would call “good” food.

  • Susana S

    I appreciate the honesty. A) it shows that you guys are real. No robots. You’re humans giving us your real honest opinion after actually giving things a try. Not everybody will agree on everything. B) it allows us following along to see what you guys like/don’t like and create better recommendations. Thanks guys for the post!

  • http://postcardandmenu.com Jonathan Cao-Nguyen

    Honestly, I would never have gone to those two destinations. I’ve lived in SoCal all my life and I’ve never even been. I admit that I did suggest Randy’s Donuts, but I merely said to consider it since it has a giant donut on it’s shop. I’m behind good food and I don’t share meals that I think are just bleh, so I’m sorry you had to pay and eat for something that I knew wasn’t going to be a good idea. I’m an honest judge of food. I avoid the ones that I know will be bad and give praise to those that I know that will be good. I stay away from trendy places and I search for quality meals. Everyone has bad meals once and a while and I guess you are getting to know LA the hard way.

    I think you should consider the dish chicken and waffles when you are in the South which is home to comfort food classics like fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes, etc. Chicken and Waffles are done there respectfully and I’m sure the quality of the food will be up there, not like this LA knock off that people fawn over.

    My offer to help out still stands. I don’t know how long you will be here in LA, but I’m still here for personal advice and maybe be a tour guide to some cool eats.

  • TNKnitter615

    Honesty is great. No you won’t like everything. That’s OK. As for Chicken and Waffles – yep, wait until the southern states – Tennessee has some great places. And the maple syrup? Try it on ice cream.

  • Emily Tan

    I’m glad you guys are being honest. You’re definitely not going to like everything you’re told to try but at least you do try it, right? I also agree about the places you had chicken and waffles and doughnuts, but I’d try them at other places. It might change your mind. Since you’re going to SF, you can try out Dynamo. They’ve gotten a bit famous over the years because of the maple bacon apple doughnut. And if you are going to work on improving the chicken and waffle recipe, I’d be really curious to see what you come up with.

  • Emily Tan

    I’m glad you guys are being honest. You’re definitely not going to like everything you’re told to try but at least you do try it, right? I also agree about the places you had chicken and waffles and doughnuts, but I’d try them at other places. It might change your mind. Since you’re going to SF, you can try out Dynamo. They’ve gotten a bit famous over the years because of the maple bacon apple doughnut. And if you are going to work on improving the chicken and waffle recipe, I’d be really curious to see what you come up with.

  • John Lustrea

    I’d rather have you guys be honest and thoughtful that to say everything is great. It’s all part of the experience of trying new things!

  • kiki0000008

    I like that your honest because your not going to like everything. I have never had chicken and waffles but I don’t think I would like it either. I like having a little something salty with my pancakes or waffles, like bacon for links of sausage but not a piece of chicken!!! That seems a bit much. Wish you guys would have stayed in New York a bit longer :-( but I’m loving this series either way. :-)

  • okmosa

    The world’s greatest donuts can be found at World’s Best Donuts in Grand Marais, MN, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The best! http://www.worldsbestdonutsmn.com

  • Jennifer Maddron

    Roscoe’s and the donut place are institutions in L.A., much like Pink’s hotdogs or Phillipe’s. But just because they are local staples, that doesn’t really mean that they are the absolute best. I, for one, appreciate the honesty.

  • Courteney Bush

    chicken & waffles isn’t my favorite combination either, but if you ever make it to DC, Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown does an interesting twist on chicken & waffles for their brunch.

  • Stacey Nelson

    I kind of prefer the fried chicken with honey option. It’s especially good if the chicken is a bit peppery. When you think about it, it’s basically asian fried chicken with more batter because it’s sweet and spicy. Good combination, I think. Honesty is always the best policy, imo. Everyone’s palate is different and I always love the travel shows where the guy (usually Andrew Zimmern) is eating something ‘weird’ with the family and loving it, but there’s one kid who won’t even try it and thinks it’s gross. It’s a good reminder that just because something is popular in a country, it doesn’t mean it’s universally popular. Although, I doubt you’ll find a Korean who doesn’t like kimchi. 😉

  • Anna Hörter

    I think its great, that you´re being honest. I´ve never been to the US and need you to taste the food for me 😀 So next time i you have to make a describtion in Mukbang – Style 😀

  • Carm

    i love hearing your honest opinion! and i totally get i with the donuts because sometimes it depends on what you like. But i loooove chicken and waffles. I’m from New Jersey and they are more of a south easter thing. So 1. I dont get them very often where I live 2. I was surprised to hear that it was a popular Californian dish 3. Go to “Sweet Chick” (serving chicken n waffles) in NYC, New York (Manhattan), I have some great memories there and they are the best I have found outside of the south.

    ps love your youtube channel but this is the first time im on the blog, and ill definitely be back

  • Robin Newquist

    I’ve never actually had chicken and waffles, but all my coworkers rave about Roscoes. I personally think it would be a wierd combo, so i’ve never tried it. As for the donut, randys is a tourist place. If you want amazing donut, go to Cafe dulce in little tokyo. They have soft, luscious donuts , topped with bacon, fruity pebbles, and a couple other crazy but delicious combos. Also, its your tour, you can do whatever you want with it!

  • lynnielouwho

    I love the honesty policy :) It’s so… You guys!

    For the chicken and waffles, though, I remember someone saying they weren’t fluffy enough. Try a Belgian waffle: super fluffy and wonderful, they stand well with the chicken. If you want less grease with the chicken, try baked, breaded chicken strips.

  • Esther

    It’s great how blog post is setting fundamental ground rules for this project. Not always easy to be honest but in this case it’s definitely appreciated and keeps things interesting.

    I’ve tried chicken and waffles on two occasions and although they were both mediocre experiences, I think that it has the potential to be great. Judging from what I saw on Snapchat, the waffle at Roscoe’s looked a bit… sad.

  • Ariel

    I love trying new restaurants too, but sometimes everyone else’s favourites just don’t do it for me, so I’m honest and move on. :-) Honesty really is the best policy!

  • Huyen Ta

    Everyone’s palates are different. Not everyone is going to like everything they try. It’s all about food and honest conversation. Two great ingredients for a happy life.

    As for chicken and waffles… I like chicken and waffles but not a fan of drowning them in syrup. Everyone makes them a bit differently so you shouldn’t write the dish off yet. You should look for a chicken and waffles with a unique spin then try them again. If you are ever in Philadelphia you should head to the Reading Terminal and go to Beiler’s and try their donuts. They are made fresh on the premises by the Amish and you can watch them make them as you stand in line to order. You can always trust the Amish to have fresh ingredients and delicious home cooking.

  • Audrey Livingston

    What’s the point of an opinion if it’s not honest? I would much rather have you guys tell us what you really think than say everything you eat this whole trip was THE BEST EVER. That would be sort of annoying (kinda like diners, drive ins, and dives). It’s going to be really cool, though, to see how you recreate certain recipes, especially ones you didn’t care for, and make those recipes work for you.
    We all appreciate that you’re human (:

  • Gabrielle

    I really really really hope the Roscoe’s visit was because of my YouTube comment, and I’m so glad you got to have the full packed restaurant-great service Roscoe’s experience (even if you didn’t love the chicken)!

  • Daniel Chan

    Your honesty is most welcome and expected. Just offer your opinion with tact and you’ll be fine.

    Places like Roscoe’s and Randy’s are renown for their history and worth the visit, so you can (at least) say you’ve been. But, as you’ve discovered, their food doesn’t garner top marks. Roscoe’s chicken and waffles—though fine—probably hasn’t changed their recipe in its 40-years, and our palates nowadays expect more. As for Randy’s, it’s more known for the donut atop its shop than the treats it sells. Of course, if these places suit one’s taste, then great! But if not, then take away a benchmark for later comparisons.

    For my money, I’d hit Bru’s Wiffle in Santa Monica for their several variations on chicken and waffles, as well as their other items waffled, French-toasted, and what have you. For donuts, I don’t know a place that’s all-around superb. But in a pinch, I’d go “way the heck out” to The Donut Man in Glendora, especially this time of year for their strawberry donuts, and later in summer for their peach donuts; or to DK’s Donuts in Santa Monica for their delightful variety and being open 24/7.

  • night ankh

    I respect you guy even MORE for being honest about what you don’t care for and your right, it doesn’t make it bad, just not for you. I’m sure there are things in England that most Americans may not like, such as blood pudding and the sort. Keep up the honesty policy, it’s the best way to be.

  • Kimberly Barus

    Sorry boys, but if you want the BEST DOUGHNUTS IN AMERICA you need to head to Winston Salem NC for the Original Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!!! They are COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE and light as air! https://www.krispykreme.com/about/Our-Story

  • anglophile

    I thought about trying chicken and waffles once. Then I noticed that there was whipped cream and maple syrup on it, so I ordered the fish-n-grits off the menu. This was not at Roscoes. And if you do want to try some good food, SORTED crew, why not come to Homewood, AL and try Johnny’s? It was featured in Garden & Gun, the best Southern magazine ever, and their fried catfish, grit cakes, pot roast, and fried green tomatoes are INCREDIBLE! If you are seeking the best of the best in Southern food, definitely go there. And hopefully for #LostAndHungry!

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