Chano's Drive-In is a USC-area institution, famed for its cheap, tasty eats. Operating out of a questionable-looking stand on Figueroa, Chano's serves Mexican fare such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas as well as burgers and sandwiches. On Sundays, they also offer menudo and pozole.
Some argue that Chano's is only for the drunk or hung-over, but I'm here to tell you that it's an excellent decision any time you want some good Mexican that's bad for you.
Their nachos are piled high with meat (in this case, steak), pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese. The chips are thick and crunchy, the pico de gallo is flavorful, and there's a lot of meat. I always end up stuffing my face when I order these.
My favorite dish from Chano's, though, is the combination plate with two tacos (here, I ordered shredded beef and hard tacos) served with rice, beans and pico de gallo. I just love the contrast of the soft meat, pico de gallo and sour cream with the satisfying crunch of the taco shell. This plate is probably one of my favorite things in the whole world.
If a shady stand with a drive-thru speaker that sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher isn't your thing, you can class it up down the street at Chano's 2, which used to be a KFC. Awww yeahhh.
I'm sure that Chano's food is absolutely terrible for you, and my workout was really hard the next day but, still, Chano's...you have my heart (and J's heart, although he was once given his nachos sans chips).
3000 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007