Hey, Internet. It’s been another crazy week here in the world of food news. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up with that’s going on, worry not, the Katchup is live once again.
This week we talk about McDonald’s filing for a simpler new slogan. Someone posted a photo of a pastrami pizza with an everything crust that has us drooling on Instagram. A fast food manager got so steamed, he knocked out a customer.
Finally, Roscoe’s house of Chicken & Waffles is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Worry not, however, cause one celebrity’s got a plan to save it.
Check out, our weekly Katchup.
McDonald’s new slogan
It seems like the days of McDonald’s popular slogan, “I’m Lovin’ It.” might soon be a thing of a past. The fast food burger company has filed to trademark an updated slogan. Read more.
Pastrami pizza with everything crust
Instagrammer @indulgenteats posted this mouth-watering photo of a Katz Deli pastrami pizza that features an everything crust.
Damn, what a beautiful sight.
Fast food manager knocks out customer
Here’s our shameless, “We know you like watching dudes get knocked out” post of the day. Posted to World Star Hip Hop a couple weeks ago, a customer at a fast food restaurant is shown yelling and squaring up to the worker behind the counter. Read more.
Snoop’s gonna save Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles
As you can imagine, there were plenty of emotional reactions over the news of East Coast Foods Inc., the parent company of Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but none were as honest, or priceless, as Snoop Dogg’s. Read more.
Bottle of ranch dressing sold for $1000
A while back, a pizzeria made headlines after it started charging customers $1000 for some ranch dressing. While some like to enjoy dipping their pizza slices into the sweet and tangy buttermilk-based dressing, Cane Russo would rather have you eat their pizza as it is than request the addition. Read more.
Whether it’s upscale Japanese dining with an ocean view or chicken and waffles in the heart of Hollywood, rappers seem to enjoy food as much as women, weed, and weather. Why else would some of rap’s biggest names, like Kendrick Lamar and Biggie, name-drop their favorite Los Angeles restaurants in their classic hits? Keep reading to find out more about the local eateries immortalized in these tracks:
Where: Church’s Chicken, Compton
Song: “Backseat Freestyle” by Kendrick Lamar
Lyric: “Park it in front of Lueders, next to that Church’s Chicken”
There’s a lot of bomb fried chicken in Kendrick Lamar’s hometown, but Church’s Chicken gets the shout-out in his song – for good reason. If you’re in the mood for tender, juicy thighs encased in crisp, flavorful skin – the kind greasy enough to soak through the bag – and biscuits with a fluffy, sponge-like consistency, this place hits the spot. Sure, the rapper talks a big game in “Backseat Freestyle” about wanting money and power, but we get the feeling fried chicken is up there too.
Where: Nobu, Malibu
Song: “Who Do You Love?” by YG feat. Drake
Lyric: “Eatin’ crab out in Malibu at Nobu”
In this club banger, perhaps it’s less about whom Drizzy loves, but rather what he loves – to eat, that is. Answer: the crab at Nobu’s beachfront location. Our favorite woe doesn’t specify which dish he likes to order there, so it’s a toss-up between the lightly battered king crab tempura, the creamy snow crab, or the off-menu baked crab hand roll. But really, anything tastes good accompanied by a Pacific Ocean view.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles
Where: Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles, Los Angeles
Song: “Going Back to Cali” by Notorious B.I.G.
Lyric: “Frequently floss hoes at Roscoe’s”
Biggie boasted about how he got away with taking dates to one of LA’s most beloved fast-food chains, Roscoe’s. (And in “All That (Lady),” The Game called out a specific Roscoe’s on Pico for when he’s “in a hood mood.”) But despite the joint’s consistently delicious soul food – chicken and waffle combos, hot water cornbread, grits, and gravy-smothered potatoes – we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve Big Poppa-level success with the ladies here.
Where: In-N-Out, Los Angeles
Song: “Hit the J” by The Game
Lyric: “Never take her out to Crustacean, it be In-N-Out”
Again, a rapper eschews a fine dining establishment, like Vietnamese fusion spot Crustacean, in favor of a fast-food joint on a date. Thankfully, we don’t have any beef with In-N-Out’s pillowy, spongy buns and special sauce-smothered patties – so The Game’s partiality is a plus in our book.
Where: Fatburger, Los Angeles
Song: “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
Lyric: “No helicopter looking for a murder / 2 in the morning, got the Fatburger”
For decades, rappers have waxed poetic about Fatburger. Both Biggie and Tupac endorsed the fast-food chain (in “Going Back to Cali” and “Late Night,” respectively), and Ice Cube couldn’t resist a mention in his iconic hit. He’s right: There’s really nothing better late at night than Fatburger’s giant grease bombs, which typically include a highly seasoned patty and a fried egg.
Where: Spago, Beverly Hills
Song: “Men of Steel” by B-REAL
Lyric: “Never up in Spago’s when we knock hoes”
Wolfgang Puck’s ultra-famous Spago gets some love in this jam. It’s not all about burgers and fried chicken; some rappers, like B-REAL, also appreciate seasonal Californian cuisine, especially in the form of delicate fare like seared halibut and sautéed broccolini.
Where: Mr Chow, Beverly Hills
Song: “Started From the Bottom (Remix)” by Drake feat. Machine Gun Kelly, Meek Mill, and Wiz Khalifa
Lyric: “In the cloud smokin’ loud on my way to Mr Chow’s”
Smoking some chron before sitting down to dinner at Mr Chow – à la Meek Mill – doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. All the better to whet your appetite for the restaurant’s dressed-up Chinese menu, including hand-pulled noodles and their perfected take on crunchy-skinned Peking duck.
Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, considered one of L.A.’s most treasured institutions, has been slinging fried goodness for the past four decades to both natives and eager visitors alike. Since opening its doors in 1975, this soul food chain has kept it consistent, forever with a line out the door on the weekends and a cult following who won’t hear it if you try to speak sideways about this joint. It’s comfort, it’s classic, and some might even call it a piece of home.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, Roscoe’s has dropped a limited-edition collaboration with Los Angeles-based clothing brand Popular Demand. With only 100 sets available in this capsule collection, there was no time to think twice about getting your hands on this coveted red box, packed with a Roscoe’s x Popular Demand waffle flag t-shirt, leather brim snapback and a keepsake bottle of Roscoe’s maple syrup. To sweeten the design just a bit more, the creative team at Popular Demand used actual images of Roscoe’s waffles for the tee, making it a drool-worthy piece.
Fried chicken lovers of the world were quick to polish off those wings and scoop this baby up! As excited as we were that now anyone in the world had a chance to own a little piece of Roscoe’s, snatching up this rare collab will now be quite the challenge as in only 1 day, it sold out. Guess we’ll just have to hit play on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Going Back to Cali” and start refreshing our ebay search.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, a mainstay in Southern California, is releasing a new line of products for retail in supermarkets across the country. Which is great, except for the fact that that the actual chicken and waffles aren’t for sale. What’s up with that?
Bert Muñoz, head retail product developer and marketing manager for the new Roscoe’s Home line, has already put macaroni and cheese, chicken chili mac, and southern collards on the menu. The items hit shelves last year, while plans for waffles, chili and rice, and gravy are still in the works. As for the fried chicken itself, Muñoz says “the number one challenge is making a product come out exactly like it is at the restaurant,” which means that it might be a while before a #3 Herb’s Special is available in the freezer aisle.
You’ve got to respect Muñoz for already making this much headway with Roscoe’s classics. And, let’s be real, we all know that nothing can beat chicken straight out of the frier, no matter how quickly it’s flash-frozen. I guess this just means I’ll have to take a trip to the west coast ASAP for some chicken, waffles, and of course, an In-n-Out burger, monkey style.
Full disclosure before we get started: I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, “waffle” is hardly the best, worst, strangest or news-worthiest booze flavor we’ve heard of–for some reason, vodka has literally become the Bertie Bott’s of the drinking world, with distillers almost actively trying to boil down every little thing down every single grocery aisle–reason or taste be damned.
Introduced and served alongside alcohol-flavored waffles in celebration of National Waffle Day last Friday, Georgi’s latest concoction will be included as part of the breakfast menu at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook, New York, “as long as the patron is over 21 and it is consumed in the bar/lounge area of the hotel.” According to Martin Silver, President of Star Industries, “Georgi is four times distilled and [. . .] tastes just like waffles. What better place to kick off our product that a place like Holiday Inn Express where travelers coming from all over our great country can try it?”
HuffPo voiced its uncertainty over Waffle Vodka being a viable breakfast commodity, but I’m thinking this would also get plenty of mileage alongside a bucket of deep-fried chicken and butter, Roscoe’s-style.
Who says you can’t booze it up all day, err day?
According to the Gothamist, a 1.75 L bottle of Georgi Waffle Vodka is available from $12-$15, depending on the retailer, or online for $10.99.
According to Mohammad Jalilian, a Roscoe’s construction manager, this new location will be the largest of the chain’s six and might even be taking some design cues from its more theatrical neighbor. When it opens “it will be themed as a Southern plantation,” he explained, complete with an “outdoor street-level patio, as well as a second-story French Colonial veranda.”
He also told the OC Register that Roscoe’s is currently looking to expand to other cities including San Diego, and that the Orange County location should be open within the next three months.
If your food adventures don’t involve tons of fried food smothered in gravy, you’re doing it wrong. Conan O’Brien does it oh-so-right in this video of his soul food adventure.
In Thursday’s episode of Conan on TBS, comedian/show writer Deon Cole took O’Brien out for lunch at M & M Soul Food in Inglewood, where O’Brien promptly went beast mode on the menu. Conan ordered a fried bologna sandwich, fried catfish, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, macaroni and cheese, and six bowls of gravy.
In typical Conan O’Brien fashion, he took what could have been an average restaurant meal and took it to a different level, truly earning his future spot on M & M’s celebrity wall of fame.
If you’re like me, you want to put gravy on everything, but it almost feels like a sin if it’s not Thanksgiving. That’s why places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and M & M Soul Food give the perfect excuse to indulge in a gravy-filled feast without judging eyes lurking.
“If we’re going to do it, let’s do it.” I think this is the perfect motto for any food adventure.