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Larry White Jr. (Lo-Lo) Dishes about Family Recipes & Secretly Loving KFC

Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles 10 W. Yuma Street, Phoenix 602-340-1304 and 2765 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-945-1920 www.loloschickenandwaffles.com

This is part one of my interview with Larry White, Jr. (Lo-Lo), the owner of Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles. You can read part two of the interview here.

Was it nature or nurture for Larry White Jr. -- the Lo-Lo behind Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles and the grandson of Mrs. White of Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café?

"Before I can walk and talk, I'm holding collard greens in one hand and fried chicken in the other," White says. But making fried chicken didn't sound glamorous to a young man who couldn't pinpoint precisely what he wanted -- only that he intended to be his own boss.

In the early 90s, he and a couple of friends started an independent record label called Fo-Life Records, producing local recordings and hooking up with CA-based artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Dogg Pound.

On his frequent trips to LA, White always stopped at Roscoe's (famous for its chicken and waffles), until one day he said to himself, "I can do this, and my fried chicken is better." In 1997, he got his grandmother's blessing to make fried chicken and waffles for the late-night crowd out of her cafe, which closed early. On Friday and Saturday nights, he was slammed until 4 am.

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Nikki Buchanan