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A local food review: Chichen Itza Restaurant

By Jonah Vroegop

Edited by Natalie Grace Sipula

[3.5 minute read]

Do you enjoy delicious Mexican food? If your answer is yes, I have a recommendation for you! Due to its location near the USC campus, Chichen Itza is a popular spot for students and community members to pick up a bite to eat. They serve a variety of dishes from tamales, tacos, soups, tortas, appetizers, and more! It is one of my favorite places to eat around USC, and a great spot to go to if you are looking for a new place to eat during quarantine.

First and foremost, the restaurant is located in Mercado La Paloma – a local business hub of the Figueroa corridor that supports business ownership opportunities and living wages for members of our community. There are many restaurants and businesses similar to Chichen Itza, as well as non-profit offices, a health office, and a range of affordable meeting rooms and community spaces. They frequently host art and music-centered events, film showings, and open mic nights as well, giving the community a forum and a place for local interaction. The market takes pride in the quality of their goods and services and are proud to serve the community with the goal of achieving economic and environmental justice while fostering community engagement and exchange of culture. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurants and shops are only open for takeout or delivery. Don’t miss the chance to check out the market! 

The cuisine served at Chichen Itza comes from Yucatan, a region in the south of Mexico known for its fresh chili peppers, cilantro, and oregano as well as achiote. Their menu is expansive and definitely contains something for everyone! They take pride in their ingredients and use house-made meats and handmade corn tortillas. These ingredients are staples of Mexican street cuisine and a vital part of serving a delicious Yucatan dish. Many of the marinades and preparation techniques come from the Yucatan region, providing flavors and ingredients that aren’t commonly seen on restaurant menus. Each dish comes with a few options for fillings, cooking techniques, and salsas. I recommend the cochinita pibil (banana leaf-wrapped slow-roasted pork) and the pollo asado (roasted chicken) on any dish. If you’re struggling to find something to order, you can’t go wrong with tamales – arguably the most famous Mexican street food.

“Taco’s de pollo asada” and a “torta de pollo asada”
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Best Brunch Spots Near USC

By Shivam Goyal

It is no secret that one of the primary ways to fit into the LA lifestyle is to step up your brunch game. LA offers some of the best places for brunch that I’ve seen throughout my travels across the world. I have pointed out a few of these places below.

Cliffs Edge – 3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cliff’s Edge offers one of the nicest patios in Los Angeles (Great place for a date!). Their eloquent greenery along with lights and two levels seating make this place a go-to brunch place in the silver lake area. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch options including different flavors of mimosas, and one of the best French toasts I’ve ever had.

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Grand Central Market317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Grand Central Market is in close proximity to USC and has many great options to choose from. This option is more informal and allows you to try different types of brunch foods including falafel based dishes and LA-famous Egg Slut (which serves eggs in a variety of different ways). Beyond brunch, Grand Central Market is also a great option for lunch and dinner as well.

Study Hall2827 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Study Hall is located only a few blocks from campus. This American –style diner offers TV’s to watch sports, as well as great breakfast burritos for brunch on the weekends. This non-traditional eatery doesn’t have a fixed brunch menu so you can order any item at any time of the day.

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