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CSBC to fill my Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles void?

When I moved to LA in 2004, I was told that I should make it a point to eat at legendary Los Angeles eateries Pink’s Hot Dogs and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Now that I live in NYC, I have filled my Pink’s deficit with Crif Dogs, and I have been skating by on a rather delicious but daintier version of chicken and waffles (buttered cornmeal waffle with fried chicken, $10.50, served with apple compote – pictured) from the Alias brunch menu. The Alias chicken and waffles isn’t the artery-clogging, rib-sticking taste explosion of fatkid heaven you get at Roscoe’s, but it’s still mighty tasty and you don’t feel like you’re going to have a heart attack.

The perfect bite at Alias:

Given my enthusiasm for chicken and waffles, maple butter, beer, and Clinton St. Baking Co., when I read on the Strong Buzz that CSBC has now introduced Fried Chicken and Waffles Wednesdays, I jumped for joy. You get buttermilk fried chicken with honey and Tabasco sauce on a crispy Belgian waffle with warm maple butter and a frosty bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale for $20 on Wednesdays.

Be still, my heart.

Go: Clinton St. Baking Co. (LES) 4 Clinton Street, near Houston, 646-602-6263. Wednesdays only.

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Self-constructed 3-course meal

Yesterday’s eatventure with Sara consisted of three stops (unplanned) and a self-made three-course meal.

First stop: Jo’s (SoHo/Nolita)
Ate: 1/2 dozen $1 HH Miyagi oysters – these were normal sized, not on steroids – still buttery and meaty
Drank: HH draft of Ommegang Witte $4 for me, glass of Vouvray for S $10
Note: Angus the Aussie bartender has fabulous hair – he works Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Pardon the crappy camera but can you see how deep this Miyagi shell is? Not at all like the European flat oyster.

Second stop: Sachiko’s (LES)
Ate: Spicy Crunchy Rice (Spicy tuna on crispy rice) 6 pieces $8 – I am addicted.
Drank: HH sake for me, a very full champagne flute for $4; HH sake Cosmo for S $6
Note: We only ended up at Sachiko’s because when we arrived at CSBC (below) at 7pm, there was a 40+ minute wait for a table and we knew Sachiko’s has happy hour till 7:30 on weekdays.

The Spicy Crunchy Rice is good every time. Your choice of tuna or salmon. Also very good for HH is the tonkatsu ($10 – normally $14 if not HH). Sapporo drafts just $2.50 but I was afraid I’d be too full for Stop 3.

Third stop: Clinton St. Baking Company (LES) – February is Pancake Month!
Ate: BBQ Sugar Bacon Cheeseburger (BBQ sauce on the side) $16 & Fresh Blackberry Pancakes with Pecan Streusel and Warm Maple Butter
Drank: Water. We were already tipsy from HH boozing.
Note: 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, they’ve just introduced a $16 Crab Cake Sandwich & Amstel Light combo deal on Mondays & Tuesdays. By the time we finished dinner at 9pm, there was an hour+ wait! Get there early, put your name on the list, and grab a drink elsewhere until your turn is up.