Jacks N Joe is basically USC’s personal breakfast and brunch heaven. The food isn’t really worth traveling for, but if you’re a hungover student and you want decent eggs, this is your spot. The service is fast, the coffee is better than at your average diner, and you’ll probably run into your hookup from last night. Try not to go in a hunger blackout, though, because the waits can get truly horrendous. Get the off-menu loaded hash browns.
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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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It might not be anything special, but Freddy Smalls is a solid “in the middle” spot for those crucial after-work drinks.
The Rooftop Grill
Beverly Hills has no shortage of hotel rooftop pool bars, but The Rooftop Grill at The Montage is far and away the best one.
Malibu Farm Cafe has simple, crowd-pleasing food at the end of Malibu pier, and is perfect for entertaining your third cousin when he’s in town.
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