Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Rest of LA - Villa Delle Stelle and Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles

Villa Delle Stelle - Hollywood

On our last trip to L.A., we discovered the perfect Hollywood hideaway. Villa Delle Stelle - a five unit rental property/inn between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset, just off Gower. It's one block from the Sunset Gower studio, two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, and perhaps best of all, spitting distance from the Hollywood Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. So close that the aroma of frying chicken will fill your nostrils day and night.
The Art Deco Suite at Villa Delle Stelle

This is the Art Deco suite - one of the four rooms in the house.  There are six other accommodations with various "themes". In the Art Deco suite, the decor is modern but the original vintage charm is still intact. There are two bedrooms and one and a half baths (one shower, two toilets) and a party-ready kitchen, complete with a drawer dishwasher tall enough to hold champagne flutes.
Villa Delle Stelle - Hollywood

On the last trip, we all crashed in this apartment at the end of the night - this time though, our friends also rented the one next door - connected through the back staircase. Theirs was the "Parisian" - decorated with a French Provincial theme. Downstairs is the English Suite, featuring Dudley Moore's Disklavier piano (the place is owned by one of his ex-wives, presumably the most recent one).
Villa Delle Stelle - Hollywood

The Art Deco suite is probably the best apartment is arranged in a line along the upper West side of the building - so it has a view of Sunset and the Hollywood sign, and gets a lot of great natural light. It costs about $350 for one night, including tax - but the price goes down the longer you stay. All of the units can also be rented out long term.
Villa Delle Stelle - Hollywood

I actually found this place because of the great location before our last trip in June. We were going to see a friend's band play on Hollywood Blvd. and I wanted to find a place to stay within walking distance - so I went on Google Maps, and searched the location for nearby hotels. This was not only the closest place, it was by far the nicest (the area around there is still a little sketchy - especially after dark.)
Sunset over Sunset

Another benefit of having and apartment rather than a hotel - you can paar-taay. And we did. Actually, they did. I went to bed at midnight. I had to rest up for fried chicken the next day.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, Hollywood

There was a wait outside this place day and night the entire time we were there, so we were kind of surprised when we were able to waltz in at 9:30 on Sunday morning and found the place nearly empty. Everyone must have been at church or sleeping in.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, Hollywood

I had the "Carol C. Special" one breast with waffle combo. My waffle was ok, but if we had one complaint it was that some of the waffles were a little limp. The chicken was fabulous with juicy meat and crisp skin and nice savory flavor. A little hot sauce, a little syrup.. oh yeah... I didn't need the butter - but it just wouldn't look right without it I guess.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, Hollywood
This was the heap of fried chicken our friends ordered to share. I found it curious that they placed the chicken on the plates skin side down. Must be a reason for that, but I don't know what. It slides less on the plate? It sends the juices flowing downwards?
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, Hollywood

Chicken and waffles may sound like an odd combo, but if you like your chicken with biscuits and honey, you're already halfway there. The legend goes that it started in the African American community when familes returned from church, and some people wanted breakfast, and some wanted lunch. If you're not a fan of waffles or just can't do chicken for breakfast, they have all sorts of combinations of each served together and separately.  If you really have a death wish, you can also order just about anything on the menu "smothered" -  which means covered with gravy and onions.

Villa Delle Stelle
6087 Harold Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6403
(323) 876-8100

Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
1514 North Gower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6422
(323) 962-0276


  1. the rooms look gorgeous! what a find. and now i'm craving fried chicken.

  2. You wondered why the place was so empty on a Sunday morning, and yet you answered that question yourself later on in the post.

    [I'm pretty sure at least that] It was empty because most of its regular patrons were at church at that time. My experience is that on Sundays at about noon is when you'll really find Roscoe's packed -- and it's with the after-church crowd. (Although that may be more so with some of the other locations, like the Pico-La Brea one..)