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Feb 14, 2008 02:47 PM

Eating around USC

Hey, I've seen a couple posts for food around USC, but seriously, are there any good eats around here that aren't fast food? I'm looking for something not too pricey and affordable so I can go out to eat for like 30 minutes with friends. I know about Viztango, chipotle...all the stuff around campus, anything hidden or good I know should know about? Also is there any good chinese food around campus? I know Chinatown isn't that far, but just like for lunch is there anywhere nearby? And Little Tokyo is on the far side, sometimes I venture down there on a Thursday night with friends or on weekends. Thanks!

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  1. if your a student @ SC, el cholo on western is 1/2 off with ID on weekdays.
    29 is also a good place to pick up a pint.

    1. I was there for 3 years and the answer is no.

      There is good food yes, but it's all quickstyles (chano's, la taquiza, bistango was my choice). chipotle when it opened up was a blessing.

      your best bet is the dash, F route to DTLA/Little Tokyo.

      there's a shop (chichen itza?) in teh mercado de palama that gets raves, but i've never been.

      1. The 23rd Street cafe on 23rd and Toberman (?) is great-- it's "quick serve" and they do all sorts of food from burgers to Indian food to tacos on homemade tortillas. I have never eaten anything there I did not like, and I've tried food from all three categories.

        A month or so ago I went with a couple of vegetarian friends and their veggie burgers were homemade-- none of that Gardenburger stuff. Great place, and it's only a couple of miles from the main campus. Definitely better than all those franchises that line the streets down there.

        As you can see, I really like that place, haha.

        If you can't make it to Little Tokyo, there's a Japanese ramen place called Mikoshi near Fatburger on Figueroa. It's pretty good if you're only looking to spend 30 minutes eating. Lots of cops seem to like the place in the afternoon.

        1. Definitely check out Mercado La Paloma. Chicken Itza is well regarded for Yucatecan, and Oaxacalifornia serves juices and a few Oaxacan dishes. Taqueria Vista Hermosa is also very good Mex. There are a few other stalls, nothing notable.

          Mercado La Paloma
          3655 S Grand Ave, 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

          1. USC is one of the few large college campuses almost anywhere in the US that doesn't have a decently good Chinese (or at least authentic Pan Asian) restaurant nearby. This is particularly puzzling since they have such a large number of overseas Asian students there. The only concession seems to be the boba place on Figueroa near 30th. There was once a half decent place on Vermont called Campus Chinese Food, but it burned down in the riots. I guess the proximity to Chinatown has something to do with it.