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Worthwhile dining near USC????

Going to be there visiting my daughter this weekend, I know the pickings are basically non-existent. We usually wind up somewhere downtown because I don't want to drive all over the place, get lost, can't find parking, etc and I'm from DC anyway so don't know my way around that well. That being said - any other suggestions besides downtown, which is so convenient to campus? Been to Engine Co, Zucca, Ciao Trattoria, Roy's and a few others which were all fine but looking for new, relatively convenient ideas. Thanks!!

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  1. Daily Grill
    The Palm
    Nick and Steff's
    Arnie Mortons
    California Pizza Kitchen

    Are all real close to USC

    1. Bacalo is a small tapas place/wine bar, sounds nice, but I haven't been there yet.
      El Taurino is far funkier than the places you mentioned, but makes some fine Mexican food.
      The original Chicken Itza, excellent Yucatan food, is in Mercado La Paloma which also has other food stalls, I think it's open only for lunch and early dinners.

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      Mercado La Paloma
      3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

      Rincon Taurino
      1104 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      Bacaro La
      2308 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Have you been to El Cholo? It's a Mexican restaurant on Western, not far from USC. 'SC Students get a discount on M, T, and W, so if you're going to be around your daughter can get half off her entree. Also, for Mexican food that's really good (but not a sit-down place), there's La Taquiza--on the corner of Figueroa and 30th. It's a great quick lunch/dinner.

        I second Bacaro, though I've only been for their special on Sundays.

        1. re: recentfoodie

          I really loved La Taquiza when I was at USC. It's at 30th and Figueroa. There is a small lot for the minimall that it's in, but you will probably have to wait for someone to pull out. Street parking isn't too bad -- easy on Fig, usually.

          You can sit down -- there are about 15 small tables. The atmosphere is zilch, though.

          Very good al pastor, decent fish tacos, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Their specialty is mulitas, but I always enjoyed the tacos more. Popular.

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

        1. Haven't been there yet but Provecho on Spring just south of Wilshire just opened - might be interesting to try.

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          1. re: kcharlotte18

            Drinks on the bar side are good if expensive, but the food at Provecho is awful

          2. Colori Kitchen http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/497478

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            Colori Kitchen
            429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

            1. You could always visit Chinatown. I hear dim sum at CBS is quite good. If you search the board, there are a few threads that would help you out.

              1. My pick would be Harold and Belle's for Cajun/Creole. They have valet parking as well.

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                Harold & Belle's Restaurant
                2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

                1. How about Korean BBQ? It's in Koreatown (15 minute drive from USC).

                  ChoSan Galbee has good food and a good atmosphere.

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                  Chosun Galbi Restaurants
                  3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                  1. Flor Blanca (for papusas, a real hole-in-the-wall)

                    1. Yes, it is just a chain in a Disney-esque center, but I enjoyed going to the Yard House at Staples Center--right up Figueroa from USC. Good appetizers, good happy hour. Easiest way to get there from USC is to take the F DASH bus. And there are other places to eat at the center.