Going out and discovering what Los Angeles has to offer is one of my favorite things to do, and when those things are related to food, I enjoy them even more! I know my last blog was about cooking for myself, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t also been eating out as well. Recently, I’ve added a few new favorites to my list of restaurants which I frequent. Here’s a list of my favorite places to eat in Los Angeles:

The 2-9: One of the classics in the area, the 2-9 is right on 29th street, just a few blocks from campus. It’s a great place to hang out and watch Sunday football, so I’m constantly going there on Sunday nights to catch a game while eating one of their awesome sandwiches. It’s your basic American style restaurant, but because of its mostly student staff and the location, it’s a great place to go to relax on a weekend to see friends and watch football.

Urth Cafe: A hidden gem, Urth cafe is located deep in the heart of Los Angeles, but is still only about 15 minutes away from USC’s campus by car. It’s a popular spot for students and LA residents alike, and their wide array of entrees from mexican style dishes to italian classics caters towards a wide audience. Another thing Urth is famous for is their desserts. You simply cannot leave without having tried their vegan chocolate cake. Normally, when I want chocolate cake, vegan cake isn’t my first choice, but this dessert is not something to mess with. You’ll probably need a partner in crime to take it down, but even sharing is totally worth the experience.

The Bazaar: A restaurant at the bottom of a fairly popular hotel, the Bazaar is a Spanish Tapas restaurant that has both traditional and modern (and BIZARRE) tapas. For those who aren’t familiar, tapas are basically spanish appetizer type dishes, meant to be shared by a large group. I went with my family over parents weekend, and it was an amazing experience. Some of the modern tapas the restaurant flaunted on its menu included liquid nitrogen olives and cheese infused philly cheese-steak sandwiches. The food was entirely a new experience for me, but definitely a place I’d go again. It’s not your every day style restaurant, though it was a welcome change of pace.

Among the many things Los Angeles offers, I think the food is certainly my favorite. Wherever I go, I try new restaurants and local dishes (aided by my friend, the food network). In LA, everyone has their own reason to explore, and I’ve certainly found mine.