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Our Founder

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is a Hollywood, California-based soul food restaurant chain founded by Herb Hudson, a Harlem native, in 1975. It is best known, as the name states, for serving chicken and waffles, both together and separately, although they do offer more traditional menu items as well.

How We Became Famous

Soon after Roscoe’s was opened, Mr. Hudson’s friends in Motown and television, such as Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole, would spread the word to other celebrities including Redd Foxx who would go on to tell their audiences about Roscoe’s incredible soul food menu offerings. Other celebrities, like Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O’Neil, and even global leaders including President Obama have enjoyed Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles making it a timeless L.A classic.

L.A. Institution

Many media outlets, television shows, and movies have filmed at Roscoe’s making it a favorite for everyday diners and celebrities alike. The Los Angeles Times refers to Roscoe's as "such an L.A. institution that people don't even question the strange combo anymore,” while The New York Times refers to it as a "beloved soul food chain.” Visit us at our original location in Hollywood and you may catch a glimpse of one of our many celebrity diners!

"Beloved Soul Food Chain"

The New York Times