Ridiculous as it sounds, food was one of my top criteria in deciding what school I should go to. USC delivered on that front, and it’s only been getting better. Last year we got Yogurtland – the best frozen yogurt I’ve ever had. And we have a Chikfila, which is without a doubt the tastiest fried chicken sandwich this side of Texas. The list goes on, but I wanted to take a minute and highlight my favorite place to grab a bite.

Armando in front of his magic food wagon.

Armando’s has been a hidden gem on campus for years. It’s an independently owned food truck, so it isn’t on any campus maps or directories (Armando’s solution? “Ask around; you’ll find us”). Fortunately, Armando’s is always parked in the same location at the intersection of Jefferson and McClintock – at the Northern edge of campus and a minute’s walk from the Webb and Fluor dorms and the Lyon Center Gym! Armando’s has a wide selection of food from sandwiches to burritos to breakfast plates. Its amazing home-cooked flavors and unparalleled pricing and serving size make Armando’s a sure bet for lunch or breakfast. One of the coolest things about Armando’s is that you can text in your order right before you leave class, and by the time you get there it’ll be packed and ready to go.

The combo breakfast burrito - the Mona Lisa of breakfast burritos.

My favorite thing to get at Armando’s is the combo breakfast burrito. It’s a glorious concoction of eggs, cheese, potatoes, sausage, ham, and bacon. Pair that with the sweet and authentic taste of a Calypso juice and you’ve got the best picnic you’ve ever been on. I also strongly recommend the USC Chicken Sandwich – grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions and mushrooms. And for the strong of heart, there’s the Lendale Sandwich – sausage, hashbrowns, cheese, egg, bacon, and jelly! Check out Armando’s when you come tour. It’s authentic USC student food and I promise you won’t be disappointed.



Junior biomedical engineer (electrical emphasis) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. I enjoy cooking, folk music, and reddit. And I'm all kinds of geeky.