WHY For a ‘real’ restaurant with good modern American cooking and a worthy happy hour, smack in the middle of the USC campus.
WHAT For proof that college campuses are now luxury resorts, check out this sleek place in the lavish new student center at USC. With a cozy bar, a chic dining room, a huge patio around the eponymous tree, and the modern American classics of star chef Bradley Ogden, Moreton Fig is surprisingly reasonably priced for the quality of food and drink. Try the burger, the seasonal salads, the pan-seared fish of the day on a bed of baby lentils, and the butterscotch pudding, and enjoy the campus people-watching.
WHO Professors, administrators and a surprising number of students, given the posh setting—but this is USC.