Ask any USC student where they’re spending the weekend, and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you Bacaro. The tapas are solid and affordable, but the real highlights are the drinks deals. For $20, you can opt for the “open bar,” where you can down unlimited sangria and champagne for 90 minutes. So you can imagine what this place is like towards closing. They also do weekend boozy brunches if you want to continue your Friday night revelry into daylight hours. If this wasn’t already abundantly clear: this place will be filled with college students no matter when you go.
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Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo Meat Co. of Grand Central Market in Downtown LA is a butcher counter/takeout stand with a great burger.
Cole’s in downtown is the (other) originator of the French Dip sandwich and a great place to pick up a quick beer and a sandwich.
Sticky Rice is a stall inside Grand Central Market and home to the best panang curry in the city.
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Cecconi’s is the place for a power lunch in West Hollywood - plus the food is pretty good.
Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
Santa Monica’s Via Veneto has the kind of classic, upscale Italian food that New Yorkers claim you can’t find in LA.
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