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Taking daughter to California Science Center to see the Endeavour. Lunch???

MarlaPR Nov 19, 2012 06:14 PM

Looking for a cool place for lunch near the USC, she is a foodie and would love something fun.

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    nosh Nov 21, 2012 09:13 PM

    Dino's!!! Pico at Berendo, two short blocks west of Vermont. Chicken combo!!

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      MarlaPR Nov 21, 2012 10:17 AM

      Now they are leaning toward Morton Fig because they can walk to it!

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      1. re: MarlaPR
        latindancer Nov 21, 2012 03:59 PM

        Good choice :).

      2. TonyC Nov 21, 2012 09:40 AM

        Near USC, there are two fantastic "foodie" options.

        1 is Chichen Itza at Mercado La Paloma
        2 is Taste of the Islands: http://www.taste-ofthe-islands.com/ This place has completely been passed over except by the local USC students and Groupon junkies. The jerk chicken is grilled, though it lacks the heavy pimento wood smoke so commonly found in Jamaica, and its a bit tame on the jerk. The sauce is not as spicy as true scotch bonnet pepper sauces, but it's tasty enough. The curry goat is tender, intensely curryous (not a word), and the sauce seriously tasty over their red beans and rice. Clearly the winners here though, are the chicken or beef patties, made on the premises fresh daily. (You can see the chef rolling the dough out on the pasta machine; it's damn near impossible to find anyone still making their own patties in LA, mostly they're shipped in from Jersey). The pastry is flaky, not too greasy, and the filling carries just enough spice to warrant a special trip deep into Trojan territory.

        This stuff is far more affordable, and interesting, than what amounts to fancy Taco Bell gorditas, and it's just around the corner from Science Center.

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          ronsilverado Nov 22, 2012 10:37 AM

          I'd add Flor De Yucatan as a "foodie" option, not too far from USC. Best cochinita pibil I've ever had and some really unusual Yucatecan specialties, but you'll have to take it to go as I don't think there is any seating

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          MarlaPR Nov 21, 2012 09:31 AM

          She is 18 years old going on 30. A super foodie! Thank you Chowhound for all your thoughtful choices. He husband is now thinking Chinese town, maybe Hop Lee. Will keep you posted. ;}

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            latindancer Nov 20, 2012 08:57 PM

            I'd go to Morton Fig on the USC campus.

            I eat there at least once a month and it's within walking distance of Exposition Park, where you'll be. Their ahi tuna is excellent.

            1. aching Nov 20, 2012 03:40 PM

              If you're on foot, I think the best option is the Lab (on Figueroa next to the Galen Center). It's a little overpriced, but the food is quite good gastropub-ish fare. If you're driving, definitely head up to Downtown, where I agree that Baco Mercat and Woodspoon would be good options. Mo-Chica, Lazy Ox, Spice Table, and Wurstkuche would also be good.

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                JudiAU Nov 19, 2012 09:16 PM

                If you are driving, go to Langers or downtown.

                1. Mattapoisett in LA Nov 19, 2012 07:04 PM

                  Will you be driving or taking Expo? Expo drops you right there.

                  Mercado De La Paloma is a couple of blocks away where you can find wonderful mexican food at Chichen Itza. There is a Lemonade across the street at the USC dining commons though I'm not sure how accessible it is.

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                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                    carter Nov 20, 2012 08:19 PM

                    Best option is Mercado La Paloma - 37th & Grand, former home of Mo-chica, and still home to Chichen Itza among many other Latin-flavored operations.
                    Within walking distance, although a bit of navigational knowledge of the area might be required.
                    But please, please do NOT go this coming Saturday as USC is playing Notre Dame in the Coliseum at 5pm. Expect 90,000+ friends to be in the 'hood!

                  2. ipsedixit Nov 19, 2012 07:02 PM

                    Wood Spoon?

                    1. wienermobile Nov 19, 2012 06:40 PM

                      Langer's deli is just 4 miles away for the world's best pastrami. Closed Sundays.

                      1. Servorg Nov 19, 2012 06:39 PM

                        Maybe http://bacomercat.com/ or http://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com/ ?

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                          A5 KOBE Nov 20, 2012 03:47 PM

                          2nd Baco.

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                            Mattapoisett in LA Nov 21, 2012 07:15 AM

                            I might hesitate on Baco for one reason. I don't think it's kid friendly.

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                              Servorg Nov 21, 2012 07:22 AM

                              Of course we don't know if Marla has a "chowhound" friendly kid, or not... ;-D>

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                                latindancer Nov 21, 2012 07:48 AM

                                I don't see that she mentioned how old her daughter is.

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