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Sep 13, 2009 12:47 AM

Hungry Food Snob at USC

Okay, I'm kind of a food snob. That doesn't mean I eat truffles and foie gras. It just means I like tasty food, and I like them with acceptable quality. I like gourmet burgers, but also love my In-N-Out. Unfortunately, I am a poor student trapped in USC's reign of fast food restaurants like Taco Bell and Yoshinoya or whatever the heck it's called, with no car to escape too far out.

So, please help me out! Anyone know of a good hole-in-the-wall place to eat around this forlorn area? I am willing to brave the metro or the DASH, but can't go out too far. I have papers to write and books to read!

Thank you and happy burping!

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    1. Okay, I haven't been there, but Bacaro gets its share of good digital ink. It's about a mile up Hoover.

      2308 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

      Sounds like it's a notch up from the hole-in-the wall category, though.

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      1. re: Peripatetic

        Bacaro has a good burger and it's owned & operated by USC alum.

        1. re: J.L.

          Bacaro is great. I love that plaze.

          Burp- I'm a USCer, too. I do Cafe 29 and Bacaro when I need some decent food near campus.

          1. re: EricDC

            I've seen Cafe 29, but no one seems to know that place, so I assumed it was bad!

      2. Chichen Itza

        They just closed their MacCarthur Park location but extended the hours at the one closer to USC: 3655 S Grand Ave

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        1. re: wutzizname

          Second... and return to the same spot the following day to hit Mo-Chica... any of the seafood dishes will statisfy even the pickiest food snob...


        2. For Value for Money, I would take the bus (it'll take some time so maybe weekends only) to:

          Regarding you sign-off phrase & Chow name, I can't help referring you to a famous cinema belch, one that is modest, even encouraged, and sort of at the opposite end of the burp, shall we say Animal House, spectrum. The 1st 15 seconds is enough:

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          1. I like La Taquiza's burritos and agua frescas.

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            1. re: mdpilam

              Good point. Pretty thorough write-up here (from the Daily Trojan):


              1. re: mdpilam

                Is La Taquiza walking distance from USC?

                1. re: burp_excuzme

                  It's not too far, unless you're on coming from the far corner of campus. Figueroa and 30th. That was my favorite cheap spot for lunch when I was on campus, and I miss my frequent visits. Good tacos, burritos, plates, especially el pastor. Great lemonade. I was not enchanted by the mulitas, but people like them.

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