I love the dichotomy of the food scene in Los Angeles. One week I can have prix fixe dinners at some of the city’s most well-known restaurants. The next, I can order from the hottest new gourmet food truck. And both meals are delicious!
While many Angelenos claim to want organic farm-to-table meals, there’s also a cultlike following for certain food trucks offering not-so-healthy options. Just follow one on Twitter for a couple of weeks and you’ll see.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz on Twitter about the Slap Yo Mama soul food truck, which you can follow on Twitter here: @slapyomamatruck. Earlier this month, I tracked down the truck at the recently reopened Westside Food Truck Central, a congregation of several different food trucks that gather for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner on Wednesday. (Read my earlier post about the food truck trend here.)
Slap Yo Mama serves Southern-fried specialties, including crab cakes, shrimp, oysters, catfish and lobster po’ boys, as well as greens, mac and cheese, cheesy grits, sweet potato fries and corn bread. For dessert, there’s banana pudding and peach cobbler.
But I just couldn’t resist trying the Snoop Dogg Monte Crizto, which is a tricked out, fried version of a comfort-food favorite: chicken and waffles!
Only, in addition to the fried chicken breast, there’s also mac and cheese inside. The whole thing is deep-fried and served drowning in syrup.
It was amazing! The creamy mac and cheese helped to balance out the sticky sweetness of the syrup, and the fried waffle seemed airy instead of overly dense.
I even got a Snoop Dogg Monte Crizto to go and delivered one to Kenley for lunch at his office — because I knew he wouldn’t forgive me if I got to try this concoction and he didn’t.
The sweet and savory taste of chicken and waffles holds a rather special place in my heart, thanks to our good friend Tug Baker (check out his “Tug Eats Everything” feature in Columbia’s Free Times alt-weekly newspaper).
As a wedding present to Kenley and me, Tug persuaded The Whig — one of our favorite watering holes in Columbia, S.C. — to bring back their late-night chicken and waffles for the after-party on our wedding night. When I stepped out of the limo to the bar, I was engulfed by the maple and peppery aroma. That smell will always remind me of that moment. Pure joy!
We are so taken with chicken and waffles that Kenley and I sought out the authentic experience at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles soon after we arrived in L.A.
I hear the Grilled Cheese Truck has a chicken-and-waffle/grilled-cheese special (read what LAist had to say about it here), and Wood & Vine is supposed to have the best chicken and waffles in L.A, according to Los Angeles magazine. Both are on my list of things to try.
But the Snoop Dogg Monte Crizto is going to be hard to top when it comes to an overindulgent sweet-and-savory combination.
Later that night, after eating the Crizto for lunch, Kenley — for the first time in his life — requested a salad for dinner!
Seriously, that has never happened before. Ever.