Breakfast near LAX

(Facebook repost & update)

Flying in or out of Los Angeles?  Well, the Eagle got me hip to this spot near the airport called The Coffee Company.  I tried their Waffle of which was fine, but soon learned about their french toast of which I had to try.  However, for some reason when we returned, I forgot to get the french toast and ordered the waffle <frustrated sigh>.  Every time I walk out of this place and look over to another persons plate I say to myself, “DAGGIT, I was suppose to try the french toast this time!”  And this is when (J) would say, “LOSER” and as I would say, “I SUCK”.

The Coffee Company serves breakfast, lunch and dinner just so you know.  A nice spot!  I absolutely love the hanging flower pots out front.  Reminds me of my mother.  A great spot to hit up when taking someone to or arriving from the airport and in need of some good food.  As always the customer service is great, food arrives quickly and the prices are reasonable.

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“OMG it’s them!”

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CHICKEN & WAFFLES

We’re not here for biscuits and gravy (even though we ordered that).  We’re not even here for eggs and ham.  PEOPLE, we are here for…CHICKEN & WAFFLES!!!

We pull up. “Hey sir, nice ride,” the security guard yells out.

“Thanks!” The Eagle responds back.

We’re at one of my favorite spots for breakfast.   A place I frequent regularly?  Enough I’d say.  So what I’ve learned early on is that you only order what the establishment is known for.  Therefor, when The Eagle asked where did I want to go for waffles, I responded without hesitation…Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.

As usual we had some small talk with the folks outside.  It’s what we like to do – talk to folks.  Almost making our way to the front door, “Looks like you could use some help,” I tell the man.  He agrees and takes on my offer.  He was trying to take a selfie photo with the restaurants logo.  I smiled with a head nod of approval and continued on.

We finally entered the two-toned, wooden paneled building.  The waitress seated us and we proceeded to read the menu.

Flatware drops on floor “TING, Ting, ting”

WAIT – WHAT?

Read the menu?  I know what I want!

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(looks like an owl <chuckle>)

“Is she actually reading the menu?” A woman yells out.

“Just browsing,” I mumbled.

Do I really need to explain what I ordered people?  Didn’t think so.  Well The Eagle got his regular, the #11, which are giblets with rice, gravy and a biscuit.

Did we enjoy the food?  No time for silly questions.  YES!  And you will too once you go try them out.  As far as I’m concerned, this (B.O.) establishment located in varied parts of Cali offers THE BEST combination of chicken and waffles in town or around.  Their special batter and seasonings are what some of us say, “Is Everything!”

And check this, they’re starting to make their entrees available at grocery stores throughout Southern California.  That’s awesome!

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The Serving Spoon

Another (B.O.) located in Inglewood is called The Serving Spoon.  You can find them on Facebook under The Serving Spoon Restaurant.  It’s a place The Eagle and I periodically visit.

Parking can get a tad difficult , but we make it work.  He’s been coming here for years so he knows the deal.  You can park in the lot out front or find street parking along the side of the building.  “Babe, get out and get a table,” is the usual dialog in the car.  “Ok, I’m on it!” the typical response.

Once you enter, there’s a woman behind a lectern who greets you and behind her off to your left is the counter where you pay your bill upon leaving.  There’s a couple chairs upfront to rest and wait while someone cleans off a table for you.

“Hey, babe check this out!” as I read the listings on the community board.  I’m always a sucker for businesses that promote local happenings.  Speaking of community, did you know The Serving Spoon has serviced so many locals and celebrities from Former President Bill Clinton, Lisa Leslie, Kat Williams, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Davis to Stevie Wonder – cool huh!?!?  Oh and there’s me <LOL>  You know, because I’m somebody too (BIG SMILE) – we all are.

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Well, when it comes to ordering, I’m starting to always get their chicken sausage.  Most sausage makes me sick and I hardly ever entertain it these days, but whenever I do, this one I can handle.  I decided to match it with four slices of tender french toast and as always, hard scrambled eggs.  I CAN NOT handle soft runny eggs – YUCK!  Maybe it’s mental, who knows.  The Eagle went with a soft buttery waffle accompanied by sausage.  As always we enjoyed our meal and the service is always great.  So, have you tried the spoon?

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Eat’n Park Memories

Do you know what time it is midwest-east coast???

It’s Eat’n Park Christmas Star Commercial time

(and the crowd screams)

The Eagle and I actually took a trip to the Burgh to visit some folk and before making our way to the airport, guess where we stopped?  OMG how did you know?  You got it – Eat’n Park!

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Oh how I remember the days of a child eating away and if lucky walking out with a little treat.  As I have gotten older, we would always go to Eat’n Park right before my road trip back to good ole Ohio.  It was ‘our thing’!   I tell ya, there’s nothing like cheap, pathetic, warm, restaurant chain food to put a smile on your face before a road trip. LOL

What all was on the menu for the day?  Well, I honestly don’t remember what The Eagle ordered, but I know I went for the buffet.  Now, lets pause for a sec.  You do understand what kind of place this is?  Think of such chains as Denny’s, Big Boy, IHOP, etc so lets not get our nose too high up in the air.  Bring it down some and enjoy the lower side of life <chuckle> You know, the common folk.  Besides, it makes you appreciate the really, really good stuff 🙂  Now, I had two plates LOL one consisted of mini waffles, eggs, potatoes while the second plate was compiled of grits, biscuits and gravy and yes, bread pudding OF WHICH I FREAKING LOVE!!!  How did it taste?  You know, average chain food.  Am I kicking and screaming to return soon?  No, but it’s a place I respect for what it is…cheap food.  So, I’ve learned to find a place in my heart for it 🙂

And speaking of things I love – THE SMILEY FACE COOKIES!!!  Anyone who’s anyone knows about the smiley face cookies.  And they know it’s almost tradition to purchase one or some on the way out.

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<big sigh> Oh I see the commercial now so clear.  (sit back and close your eyes…ok well keep one eye open to keep reading I guess)  SO, it starts off with a plain christmas tree all alone.  Oh look, a little star all by his lonesome too, just bouncing about.  The star makes his way over trying to be apart of tree but can’t reach the top.  OK – OK here’s the Hallmark moment.  Wait for it, Wait for it.  The tree then bends over and helps the star get to the top of the tree then BAM! The tree lights up and becomes a beautifully lit Christmas tree THE END!  (go to youtube to watch if you feel left out)

Goodbye E’nP, it’s been a nice reunion.

 

 

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Lets Get Waffled!

(Facebook repost)

My partner in eating crime, Nabachwa (the best friend) came into town 🙂  and therefore we decided to finally try The Waffle.  The Waffle is a little spot located in Hollywood that pretty much has an entire menu dedicated to waffles.  So as far as we were concerned, this was a great trip to make.

We dived right on in and ordered the Red Velvet, Applewood Bacon and Blueberry/Lemon Cured waffles.   Well, we were disappointed.  I felt there wasn’t much effort in them and that I could have done the same thing, if better at home. The pecan sauce was more like a thick clump of sugar and the blueberries were cold and hardly baked inside the batter.  I hate that!  We waited for a table for 10 years (fyi it wasn’t crowded) and our server hardly checked on us.  What I also noticed was a couple who was seated before us, but the server took our order first.  That sucked!  I felt bad for them.  They were so upset, which was understandable.

We wanted this experience to be magical with sparks of syrup all over the place and little kids dancing in the background pouring batter on themselves, while sexy men slowly cut each slice of waffle and fed us until we couldn’t eat anymore LOL Ok, Ok I went too far, but you get what I’m saying.  Instead it was a small brown and yellow restaurant with simple presentation, street parking, shifty customer service and dry waffles.

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However, there’s always a positive! The price was awesome, ambiance was fine and there’s in and outdoor seating options.  I can respect the varied flavors and concoctions of waffles.  Furthermore, you’re able to order half sizes rather than whole.  What does that mean?  It means instead of ordering one whole apple waffle, you can order half apple and a half berry STILL for the price of one – freaking awesome!  This is how I was able to sample the varied flavors.

Would I go back?  Ahhhhhhh… I don’t have to, I think I’m good.  However, I still would want you to go for the experience.  It may be better than mine, who knows!  And out of humor, I’d go back, but I’m not paying LOL not worth my money.

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