Food is an essential part of one’s life. The food surrounding the University should also be regarded as a top priority. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities, and with that home to a wide range of food. Korea town is close to campus and students love going to Road To Seoul for Korean BBQ. Many USC students also love to flock to Taco Zone, a taco stand in the nearby AutoZone parking lot, for a late night snack. Personally, I love going to Avenue 26 Tacos, which has $1 tacos and is off of the metro line.

I am currently on a mission to find the best chicken sandwich in LA and a couple places are putting up a good fight. A fan favorite is always Honeybird, a Southern eatery, in the USC Village. Whenever my parents come to visit, we always go there as it’s the best food in the Village hands down.

Last weekend, I went to try Dave’s Hot Chicken which turned out to be amazing. It has 7 different levels of spice: no spice, little mild, mild, medium, hot, extra hot, and reaper. I had tried the extra hot and it was mouthwatering. 10/10 would recommend. They just opened another location about 2.5 miles from campus which is awesome because I can definitely see myself going more often.

Up next on my list is Howlin’ Rays! Talks around town always pin the two against each other and I have yet to try it. Their owners have stated “The people of Los Angeles were hungry for hot chicken – they just didn’t know it yet” and I felt that. It started as a food truck and just opened a location in China Town.

So far, Dave’s Hot Chicken is in the lead. I will update this blog after Howlin’ Rays to compare the two! Stay tuned.

Mark Parent

Mark Parent

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2022 HOMETOWN: Diamond Bar, California PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @mvparent On campus, I am part of the National Society of Black Engineers and was a Resident Assistant for the McCarthy Honors College. I have also conducted research in the Immersive Audio Lab and have a Sports Business & Management Minor!