“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
I don’t know if I would take things as far as George Bernard Shaw, but I do love food. Luckily for me, LA is a foodie heaven. We have everything you could possibly want, everything you can even imagine, and even more. I recently found a few downtown spots that I am excited about! The Arts District is only a few miles from USC and truly a hidden gem. Even as an LA native, I had never heard of it. The Arts District houses small theaters, many art galleries, and shops. But perhaps the coolest art is the art on the streets. The streets are colorful, and paintings are everywhere.
Also, the Arts District houses independent restaurants, coffee shops, and small businesses, which are becoming more and more rare these days. One of these restaurants is Wurstkuche, an “exotic sausage grill.” Wurstkuche is actually owned by a USC alumnus who even came to a USC class to speak with entrepreneurship students about starting their own businesses. This place is so successful that people flew in from Canada to try these sausages! They loved the business model so much that they want to open a similar restaurant there.
Even as a vegetarian, I love this place. When my friend first suggested it, I was reluctant, but when I got there I saw a good selection of vegetarian options. If you are an adventurous eater, try the rabbit, crocodile, or rattlesnake sausages. They really have it all.
If you are still hungry after all of that, you don’t have to look far. Across the street you will find the Pie Hole. The Pie Hole sells pie! But not just any kind of pie. This place has the most exotic apple pie I have ever seen: apple pie with cheese crumbles. It doesn’t seem like the two would go together, but the cheese really complements the sweetness of the apples, making it even better. Plus, every foodie knows that you need to be adventurous in order to find something really good. They also have other delicious pies (the pies rotate so you never have to get the same one twice if you don’t want to) like earl gray as well as many chocolaty options!
Downtown LA is full of surprises and great spots, many of which give you anywhere from 5-20% for being a USC student. Panini Café offers USC students 20% off and is always a good choice. If you go there, be sure to try the humus trio and the salmon kabob. They are awesome!