El Taurino is qutie good. Koreatown is close enough for lunch -easier for dinner.
Just east of USC is mercado la paloma. Less than a mile from campus - try chichen itza for yucatean food, the taqueria, etc.
also try harold and belle's on jefferson near crenshaw.
2920 W. Jefferson Blvd
And best of all, explore. Go to
type in zip code 90007 and click check surrounding zip codes. That should give you a decent list from which to explore.
LAnger's at Alvarado and 7th isn't a far drive. But just looking at the list are two honduran places that might be interesting... I haven't been so I can't swear to them at all
1654 W ADAMS BLVD
2701 1/4 S VERMONT AVE
pupuserias abound. a little adventure - and by the way, both the honduran places have an A rating from the health board.
The cuban place el colmao is ok. Not worth a trip across town. I haven't been in ages but I used to like it. on Pico.
2328 W Pico Blvd , Los Angeles, CA
BBQ at Phillip's BBQ on leimert park is within a five-ten minute drive. Call to see if it's take-out only still. I've heard they've got tables now but I don't know. In any case, it's great food. PHILLIP'S BBQ
4307 LEIMERT BLVD
In general, though, downtown and koreatown are relatively close with a car. places like angelique cafe downtown or sa rit gol in koreatown are good places to start.
Phillips at Crenshaw and Adams has a few outdoor tables but is primarily takeout . . . there are about four basic patio tables, plastic chairs, some with umbrellas some without . . . I think it's a dud to sit outside there and there is no indoor seating.
Nonetheless, I love the food but be preapred for big heavy BBQ with lots of sauce, lots of mess, etc
El Taurino is straight up Hoover almost to Olympic, it's on the east side of Hoover and if you get to Olympic you've gone a block too far. I'm a taco / burrito guy, I don't do tortas but a LOT of people are eating them in here.
Great carne asada tacos and burritos, al pastor isn't bad but everyone here gets beef, the red sauce is HOT and it's the default so if you want the cooler green salsa you have to make that clear when you order . . . the truck outside is just as good as going inside, it's usually there on Thrs, Fri, Sat, and Sun nights . . . I don't know where it goes on Mon, Tues or Wed.
How about tacos el parian? It is a hole in the wall, but is supposed to have some of the best tacos around. It is on pico between union and the convention center. http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/2005/09/...
Also, when I was at Loyola Law School not too far away, we used to get a pretty decent mexican lunch at Fernando's Taco Inn, which is attached to the car wash on Olympic & Figueroa. A bit odd that a car wash would have a mexican food counter, but the food is great and I supoose you could kill 2 birds with one stone.
of course there is Chichen Itza [mentioned above] and you can always brave the lines of student slined up around chano's right off fig a few streets south of adams.
If you feel like going into the barrio, and you might as well since you're surrounded by it, there's a Gallo Giro at Jefferson & San Pedro. (About 2 minutes east from the Figueroa intersection).
It's inside the Mexican supermarket on the left corner (Mercado Numero Uno, I think it's called) so there's plenty of parking in their lot.
Very good tortas & tacos since they make their own bread and have their own tortilleria.
El Gallo Giro
701 E Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Try La Taquiza, I think it's pretty good, many folks like the mulitas. I also like Chicken Itza for SE Mexican and Taqueria Vista Hermosa for tacos and tortas, both in the Mercado la Paloma.
Chicken Itza and Taqueria Vista Hermosa
3655 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007
3009 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007