As Trojans return to the classroom, not only will their appetite for learning be fed — but also their appetite for food. USC Hospitality has a host of new options including Verde, a make-it-yourself burrito restaurant in the Tutor Campus Center, as well as new food choices on the menus at campus favorites Traditions and Tutor Café.
Verde was created from conception to implementation by Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality. “Verde was something we created based on what we see out there — made to order, current and relevant,” he said. Ingredients come from local vendors and include sustainable produce.
At Tutor Café, USC Hospitality revamped the menu to offer Asian-inspired sandwiches and fresh noodle bowls. According to Eric Ernest, USC executive chef, this menu is now 85 percent Southeast Asian inspired.
“We try to give a very authentic experience and a very high quality,” Ernest said.
Tutor Café is also offering Indian food through a partnership with USC Marshall alumnus, Neeraj Pate, and his Indian Cafe, No Tomatoes. Students can now order hot entrees that include samosas, chicken vindaloo and other Indian classics.
Traditions has expanded its food choices with the Big Country Barbecue menu, which includes a range of barbecue favorites and homemade sauces. “Traditions should be that home-away-from-home, not only offering barbecue but Southern hospitality,” Ernest said.
Hoping to keep the line out the door not just on game days, Traditions has also created menu options like pulled pork nachos and Korean-barbecue-inspired ribs. The restaurant offers daily specials like 50-cent-chicken-wing Mondays.
For those who want to fill shopping bags with fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods right on campus, McCarthy Quad will host a farmer’s market every Wednesday from 11 am to 3 pm.