Eating My Way Through LA
Los Angeles is such a diverse city, meaning you can practically find any kind of food you like- and what’s better than some delicious food? I’m going to go into five of my favorite restaurants within walking (or a short drive/campus cruiser away) from USC!
1. Mercado La Paloma: 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
This is my new favorite spot. Located just off the freeway exit, Mercado la Paloma is a hidden gem that’s not even a 5 minute drive away from USC! It offers restaurants, shops, social services, classes and exhibits, so you’re not just going for a great meal, but a great cultural experience! There are 8 restaurants ranging from traditional Mexican food to Ethiopian food, to Thai food, and everything in between. Check it out for something different!
2. Bacaro: 2308 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Bacaro is seriously the greatest if you are a little hungry or have a huge appetite. Try some cauliflower or the signature Bacaro burger with the fried egg on top and I guarantee you won’t regret it. The atmosphere also really contributes to the overall fun time you have a Bacaro. It’s small enough that you feel you’re not one of a million people and the waiters can actually have conversations with you, but not that small that you feel like you’re cramped on top of the people around you. USC students definitely frequent this restaurant, check in out on a Wednesday-Saturday night and you’re sure to hit and line and see someone you know.
3. Nature’s Brew: 2316 S Union Ave, Los Angeles
Bacaro’s “sister” restaurant is everything amazing as Bacaro but opens it’s doors during the day. From Cesar Salads, to amazing smoothies, to hand pressed juice, to incredible breakfast foods, this place can’t be beat. It also has a great atmosphere perfect for weekends full of studying.
4. The Lab Gastropub: 500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
The Lab is the coolest spot. Located directly next to the Galen Center in front of the Radisson Hotel, the Lab is worth waiting in the line that’s usually formed on weekdays and on gamedays. Beakers serve as vases and the menu is broken up into clever sections such as “Group Projects” for appetizers, and “Class Favorites” for their most famous dishes. It has both outdoor and indoor seating, and because it’s always beautiful in Southern California, people are always outside laughing and socializing enjoying the delicious food. I definitely recommend the spinach and artichoke dip and the Lab Burger, you won’t regret it!
5. Jacks n Joe: 2498 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
There aren’t enough words to describe Jacks n Joe. All I have to say is go there and get there early! By 10 the line is long, but I can assure you that it’s 1000% worth it.
Enjoy some of my favorite eats around USC!!