Salty fried chicken with sweet, syrupy waffles? I remember asking, "Do you eat them together?" I thought about it for a moment and realized it could work. A play on salty and sweet, like peanut butter and jelly. Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N' Waffles was all I heard Brandon talk about the first year we started dating. He would say, "Next time we're in California we have to stop there!" I had never experienced fried chicken with waffles in the same sitting and couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. I should point out however that Roscoe's is extremely famous. It was mentioned in Quentin Tarantino's movie "Jackie Brown" as well as the films Swingers and Rush Hour. Snoop Dogg took Larry King to Roscoe's on Larry King Live in 2008 and it was even mentioned in the Notorious B.I.G's song "Going back to Cali" many years ago. The opportunity presented itself one Thanksgiving to make our way out to my mother's house in southern California. Brandon hadn't forgotten about his craving for Roscoe's chicken 'n' waffles and on our drive home we stopped by. I couldn't believe how long the wait for a table was until I took that first bite. The crunch of the chicken along with a bite of the syrupy, sweet waffles somehow worked perfectly together. You can only guess what my next question was, "Why don't we have a Roscoe's in Las Vegas!"
To my surprise, Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N' Waffles had a bar inside the restaurant. Although I'm not sure if they were serving an off-dry Prosecco, it would have been my first choice if it were not for the long drive home. Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of Italy and is slightly sweeter than many other sparkling wines (be warned that some of the driest versions are labeled "extra dry" or "extra brut"). Dry again means almost no sugar. You want a slightly sweeter Prosecco with chicken 'n' waffles so that the wine doesn't taste bitter against the sugar in the syrup. The wine is full of citrus, green apple and floral aromas and is also "frizzante", meaning slightly sparkling. For those of you who don't care for the more aggressive bubbles, this one's for you. After a bite of the chicken 'n' waffles and then a sip of the wine, I notice the sweetness of the waffles spring forward. The wine feels refreshing against such an intense bite of greasy yet thick food. The slight sparkle from the bubbles help to wash the grease and butter off the tongue and re-fresh the palate. Other wines to try with chicken 'n' waffles are white Burgundy, a buttery Chardonnay, German Riesling, off-dry sparkling wine/Cava and demi-sec Champagne. *For the drier style wines I've mentioned above, please be warned that too much maple syrup can ruin the wine. Cheers!