Most chicken and waffle fans from Southern California will tell you that their favorite place to indulge is Roscoe’s with several locations down south. Even though there are no local editions of the So Cal classic in Vegas there is a very good source here…Lo-Lo’s in the old Bandito Kitchen close to Lawry’s the Prime Rib at Hughes Center.
There are a lot of competitors who deliver different versions of the dish but they usually involve only chicken breasts with a wealth of other ingredients. One pick around town has arugula as an ingredient that really dulls the sweetness of the dish.
Whenever I speak to people about chicken and waffles most of them are initially turned off by the combination. After all, why would you combine a dinner item with breakfast? I always tell them that this is a dish that you can enjoy anytime of the day.
Lo-Lo’s was started in the Phoenix area by Larry White who loves to say he has been cooking soul food since he began walking and talking.
In order to prepare this dish right nicely seasoned fried chicken is a must. The pieces need to be tender and juicy and not dried out.
The waffles should have a slight crunch on the outside plus real maple syrup that immerses them in sweet goodness. Don’t be afraid to dip a piece of chicken in the syrup as well. Lo-Lo’s does it right and will make you a fan.
The “Classics” menu is full of other options like Betty’s Boob with one breast and waffle. Nay-Nay’s includes two waffles, a pair of eggs and a bowl of grits.
There are other soul food selections available like a blackened fish plate with dirty rice, plus a zucchini and squash vegetable medley topped with shrimp that are sauteed in a garlic butter sauce. DVZ’s Hot Ghetto Mess includes six wings splashed with southside Chicago-style sauce sitting on top of white sliced bread.
A classic beignet is re-invented with catfish and Backwoods is a combination of chicken gizzards and rice smothered with gravy and onions. They even feature a rotisserie chicken dinner with two sides and a buttermilk corn muffin.
All-day breakfast includes a nice collection of classics like Ivan’s Chorizo and Eggs with crumbled sausage delivered with warm four tortillas. Biscuits and gravy is a plate made with country sausage gravy with eggs and home fries.
There are a couple of desserts that fit the Southern theme well. Banana pudding and red velvet cake will top of the meal well.
A creative slate of drinks includes many with lots of fruit. For instance, Lo-Lo’s Punch is their signature creation with red berry vodka, red Kool-Aid and pineapple juice. A Melon Mojito is a mix of cucumber watermelon vodka, muddle mind and lime juice topped with Sierra Mist.
If you haven’t yet enjoyed the pleasure of two food items that you may think are miss-matched I implore you to give it a try. After the first taste you will no doubt be hooked and will enjoy many trips to Lo-Lo’s.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, 325 Hughes Center Dr., Las Vegas (702) 483-4311.