Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles – 8/31/14

Niekon/ August 31, 2014/ Restaurant/ 0 comments

With an 8am opening, I arrived at the location near the corner of Orangewood & Harbor in the Anaheim Resort District about 25 minutes early expecting there to be a line-up already taking place. There was a line-up, but it started to really appear after I arrived. I was the 2nd party in line… Just waiting for the doors to open at 8am.
8am arrived… The doors opened… And then the flood of people began. I was seated at a 2-top since I was a just a single person. What? No counter-service available? No worries. This allows me sort of deal with my stuff on my own. My only issue is at I was seated at a 2-top that was kind of obscured by a machine… so while other tables were being asked for their drink orders it wasn’t until almost 10 minutes of sitting that I was finally asked what I wanted, which meant that I had more than enough time to look through the entire menu and give my entire order to my eventual server.

My order consisted of the Home Style Chicken Sausage, Grits, Eggs, and a Biscuit. I also added a side waffle for shits ‘n giggles along with a cup of coffee.
About 20 minutes after being seated, I finally get my cup of coffee… in which the runner spills part of on the table and didn’t even bother to wipe it up. We are not off to a great start thus far.
Breakfast arrived… and it is exactly as I ordered it. My only concern is that there was no butter with the grits. I could have sworn that grits and butter went hand in hand… it’s how I’ve always eaten them in the past, no reason to change that up now. So I ended up stealing the butter meant for my biscuit instead to use in the grits. The waffle was decent enough… slightly on the sweet end. It could almost be used in a waffle sandwich if eaten almost immediately. I screwed up and ate half initially and then went back to finish it near the end of my entire meal… at that point it was rather rubbery. Chicken sausage was decently prepared, if not a bit overlooked on the outside, but the sausage patties were nicely seasoned. Scrambled eggs were fresh eggs and not some pre-mix… I could easily pick up what was egg whites and yolks, so that actually made me happy. And then there is the hockey puck biscuit… the outside was so tough. I’m expecting an easily opened/torn biscuit but instead it became breaking apart into pieces to eat. The insides were delicious, but again the outside was overdone.
The final note I’m going to have on this place… the cleanliness. Obviously I was concerned when the runner spilled some of the coffee on the table and failed to immediate clean it up, hell… it could have been cleaned up at any point during the meal but it wasn’t. Then thee are the condiment containers… I reached for the salt and pepper for my eggs and they were all slimy. I was immediately repulsed. I used my napkin to wipe down those two containers. One might think that if you are in a fried chicken joint that part of the closing shifts responsibilities would be to go through, fill the salt and pepper dispensers as well as to wipe them down. For germaphobes this is a huge deal… I had to use both wet wipes on my hands at the end of this meal.
Overall thoughts, while it was off to a slow start things did pick up once my server got to me and she was attentive throughout the meal. The food was okay, but not “I’m going to wait for 2 hours to get a table” great. I would come back to try some of the other sides mainly… only because I’m curious on their Mac ‘n Cheese and potato salad.