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Sometimes I just want a Food Day in LA. Los Angeles is just a quick 4 hour drive from Las Vegas. It is the perfect daytrip excursion when I’m tired of the Las Vegas scene and looking for another major city to peruse for a bit. The Los Angeles area has many fun attractions and such as a vibrant and eclectic population. Everything ranges from urban and trendy to high-end and fancy. Even their beaches! I had the chance to make pit stop at both Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach. Two completely different personalities but both wonderful in their own way. However, I will save my beach blog for another time. The focus of this particular day was food! Two locations to be exact: Roscoe’s and Porto’s.

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

The menu at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles

The menu at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

I’ve heard of this place via word of mouth for years from friends who grew up in the SoCal area as well as those who visited frequently. It has also been featured on various Food Network and Travel Channel specials. I love soul food, especially fried chicken! So it was shocking even to me, that I have never experienced Roscoe’s. Even Barack Obama has tried Roscoe’s and loved it!

Photo hanging in the restaurant from the President's visit!

Photo hanging in the restaurant from the President’s visit!

What was the verdict for me? I agreed with the masses. Roscoe’s was pretty bomb.com if I do say so. An array of well spiced chicken comes super crispy and so very hot. (The service is so quick, it’s amazing!!) The waffle was sweet and was the perfect the size.

Myself enjoying Roscoe's

Myself enjoying Roscoe’s

The #9 aka the Obama Special is 3 pieces of finger licking good chicken and heavenly waffle all on a plate. For $10, I think it will be hard for me to find a comparable chicken joint in Las Vegas.

The #9 Obama Special. 3 pieces of chicken & a waffle.

The #9 Obama Special. 3 pieces of chicken & a waffle.

Porto’s Bakery

The Bread Wall at Porto's

The Bread Wall at Porto’s

Once again another location I became aware of through the power of word of mouth. A Cuban bakery and cafe known to have some of the best pastries and snacks. Some friends have been nice enough to bring back some baked treats before, but I needed to experience the sweetness fresh out of the oven. The lines are long but it is worth the wait. I spent a little over $55 on various baked goods, breads, sandwiches and coffee. Every single item was taste bud nirvana. (It actually reminded me a bit of a Filipino bakery! The resemblance was unexpected, but certainly delightful).

Only SOME of their baked goods

Only SOME of their baked goods

Even though their Cuban Bistec sandwich was superb, the pastries are the real star. I would make a list of desserts you HAVE to try, but honestly, you really can not go wrong. Everything is also very cheap! So I highly recommend you go all out.

Part of my to go order at Porto's

Part of my to go order at Porto’s

Overall, I had such a great day in Los Angeles that I am already contemplating another day trip. I would be perfectly content reliving a day of Roscoe’s and Porto’s. I mean, who wouldn’t? 🙂 Until my next Food Day in LA.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

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