Oct 19

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles – Long Beach, CA

730 E Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Located just a short drive away from my hotel, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles serves up southern cooking to Southern California. An adequate amount of parking is available via the attached parking lot and street parking. As I entered, a hostess quickly seated me at a table and provided the menu. A server promptly came by and took my drink order and answered any of my menu questions. After mulling through the menu, I decided on my order.

Today, I decided to order Herb’s Special, which included 1/2 a chicken prepared southern style and 2 waffles. For the 1/2 chicken, I opted for all dark meat. After sipping on my iced tea for a few minutes, the server brought over the chicken and large waffles. The chicken pieces did not seem very big and looked a bit dry. The drums were definitely dry, but the thighs had some juice in them. I was really expecting more flavor from the southern breading, but it was actually a bit bland. The waffles were a lot more interesting because they were very soft and not crispy at all. Their mix produces a soft, yet very sweet waffle. Each syrup-covered bite was enriched with brown sugar while coated with excessive amounts of soft butter. The plate did come with three containers of syrup, but I really only needed 1 and a half.

Overall, Roscoe’s serves up OK chicken and great tasting waffles, but it was not worth the money. If the chicken came out juicier or tastier, then the cost may be worth it. The waffles are great, but I felt like I was eating a ton of sugar. If you are into waffles, you should definitely give Roscoe’s a try, but don’t expect too much from the chicken.

Oct 16

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Long Beach, CA

87 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located at the Pike, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. serves up fresh shrimp to the masses. I entered the restaurant near closing time, but staff were still friendly and accommodating. I was seated near the bar, where I learned about the menu and their license plate style signaling system to flag down a server. After receiving my iced tea, I was ready to order.

Today, I decided to order the shrimper’s heaven, but I requested to substitute the french fries for broccoli. The fancy shrimp cone holder was lined with four different types of shrimp and three dipping sauces. The coconut shrimp were very big and came heavily breaded with tasty coconut. Each bite was hearty and full of shrimp. The grilled shrimp was one of my favorites because it was cooked perfectly and tasted fresh. The golden shrimp was classically breaded with a thin coat. The tempura shrimp had the lightest and tastiest breading coating the large shrimp. Out of the three sauces, the tangy Asian and Cajun marmalade were my favorite and both went well with all four types of shrimp. The broccoli was cooked fresh and had some delicious butter over the crowns. The broccoli added a great balance to the fried shrimp.

Overall, Bubba Gump serves up delicious tasting shrimp at reasonable prices while providing excellent service. Closely located to plenty of shopping and the aquarium, Bubba Gump is a great option for shrimp lovers. If you are in the area and love shrimp, then you must give Bubba Gump a try.

Oct 12

Wa Wa Restaurant – Long Beach, CA

406 E First St A

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Located on a fairly unassuming block in Long Beach, Wa Wa restaurant serves up simple Chinese-American dishes at great prices. In an effort to eat fewer carbs, I stumbled upon this establishment desiring no rice. There are a few tables inside the restaurant, but many people just ordered takeout.

Today, I decided to order the 3-item entree plate and one chicken skewer. I asked for the 3-item plate without rice thinking that they would just not fill up the box all the way. I was wrong. Without rice, the entire takeout container was filled with my three entrees of choice: broccoli beef, orange chicken, and teriyaki chicken. The broccoli beef had good tasting broccoli, but the beef did not taste fresh. The orange chicken had a thick hard breading, but the flavor was OK. The teriyaki chicken was tender for the most part, but the dish was not fresh. The chicken skewer had some chewy parts and was a bit dry, but was seasoned OK.

Overall, Wa Wa Restaurant serves up the basic Chinese-American food that people have grown accustomed to at excellent prices. However, quality and freshness were not that great for some of the items I chose. If I wanted Chinese food in the area, I would not mind coming back to Wa Wa, but my expectations still stay very low.

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