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Big article in the Washington Post today about the revivial of downtown LA - am visiting my daughter at USC in a week - any recommendations of places downtown since it's fairly close to campus? Beats travelling all the way to Santa Monica or Beverly Hills! Thanks so much.

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  1. I think those "search the old posts" replies can sometimes be a little gruff, but seeing as how we have a "What's good to eat in Downtown?" thread right here on the same page even...


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        1. Close to USC you won't hurt for great Mexican food. La Taquiza is well regarded in addition to the other places located in Mercado La Paloma. Chano's had decent burritos. Click the links to look for previous topics and menus.

          3000 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          Chichen Itza
          3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          Taqueria Vista Hermosa
          3655 S Grand Ave Ste C5, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          La Taquiza
          3009 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          1. There are plenty of great restaurants downtown. Look into Engine Co. 28 (fire house turned restaurant & very cool!), Roy's BBQ (Hawaiian), Morton's Steak House, Daily Grill, The Standard Hotel restaurant, CPK, and I am positive there are more.

            1. Don't forget Langer's for what many rank as the very best pastrami on rye in the entire country. A short drive north of campus on 7th and Alvarado (parking lot one block east).

              Another fun, very inexpensive place for lunch is Dino's, for their "crazy chicken" special -- a chargrilled half-chicken with a fantastic marinade served over a big pile of fries with coleslaw and tortillas for about $5. On Pico and Berendo, a block west of Vermont (which is the main boulevard on the west side of campus).

              1. Best restaurant (a bit pricey, but worth it) in Downtown is the Water Grill. Arguably one of the best seafood places in So Cal.