Top 10 Best USC Eats

Top 10 Best USC Eats

Find out the best food near the USC campus.

University of South Carolina students are fortunate enough to live in a city with amazing restaurants. A lot of them are even located close enough to campus to be able to walk to. Here a list of just some of the amazing places USC students are able to enjoy.

1. Cantina 76

Cantina is definitely my all time favorite restaurant in Columbia. It is not only budget-friendly, but amazing as well. The menu features creative tacos and delicious enchiladas that can even be served with queso on top instead of salsa. They also have nachos, quesadillas and a fried ice cream that will blow your mind.

2. Kaminsky's

If you are looking for a gourmet desert, head to the Vista and stop by Kaminsky's. Their menu features a variety of desserts, coffees, sundaes and alcoholic dessert beverages to satisfy any sweet tooth.

3. Community Table

If you need to spend some of your meal plan but still want some good food, Community Table is where you need to go. It is right on the edge of campus across from Strom and Greek Village. Breakfast, including waffles and omelettes, are served all day along with some mac & cheese that is to die for.

4. DiPrato's

If you are looking to splurge on a brunch with some friends, DiPrato's is the place to go. It is located just barely off campus and features a good selection of brunch and lunch items along with fresh baked pastries.

5. California Dreaming

Whether you need a good date night place or somewhere to take your parents when they come to visit, California Dreaming is the place to go.

6. Mellow Mushroom

Located in the Vista, Mellow Mushroom has some amazing pizza and appetizers. It is the perfect place to go to with friends on a Friday night or with your parents when they come into town.

7. Tio's

If you want some delicious Mexican food or margaritas without going too far from campus, look no further than Tio's located off campus just past the horseshoe.

8. Village Idiot Pizza

If you are in Columbia looking for a New York style pizza, Village Idiot is the place to go. They also deliver as well, so you don't even have to leave your place. They even have two locations near campus. There is one by Granby Mills and another one in Five Points.

9. Tsunami

The best place to get sushi by campus is definitely Tsunami in the Vista. The sushi is freshly rolled after it is ordered with the best ingredients. You can even sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs roll your sushi.

10. Hibachi House

Lastly, the best place to get take out is definitely Hibachi House. The hibachi is amazing however, they do tend to take a while since it is usually very busy. Ordering ahead is the best way to ensure you aren't stuck waiting.

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Almost 100 Percent Of What Servers Say Earning Your 20 Percent Tip Is BS

Here it is.... the truth.

So, if you don’t know, I am a waitress.

I deal with, so many different types of people and I have learned how to handle each kind of person.

I have had so many people that make my day a little brighter and then there are always those people that can easily bring me down.

No matter what, I always keep a smile on my face and give the customers the best service possible.

But I am ready to unleash all the thoughts I have built up for some of these customers.

So here it is, what servers want to actually say to you.

When I first walk up to the table and introduce myself:

What I say: Hello! My name is Maddie I am going to be taking care of you, can I start you off with anything else to drink other than water? Any appetizers?

What I want to say: Hi my dudes, let’s get this over with, c’mon what do you want to drink. Get a bottle of wine or something expensive.

When a customer asks me what exactly is on tap, or want to know every single kind of wine we have and what they all taste like:

What I say: *grabs drink list OFF THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THEM* here you are, I have a hard time remembering some of the drafts because we have newly featured ones all the time. Also, I can get you a wine recommendation if you would like.

What I want to say: Uh hello, the list is right in FREAKING FRONT OF YOU!!!!!!! Look at the list, and then ask me questions! K BYE.

When I come back with drinks and they ask me if I am going to bring out rolls:

What I say: Yeah, I can bring out some rolls! Would you like any appetizers or anything? Were we ready to order dinner?

What I want to say: *laughing* uhhhh you have been sitting here for a good three minutes please wait until I set your vodka soda down before asking about some crusty bread Tina. Thanks bye.

When a customer asks me what sides we have:

What I say: All of our sides are at the bottom of the menu, and we have mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, fries, mac and cheese, onion rings, etc.


When I bring out the rare steak the customer ordered and they complain:

What I say: I can take it back to the kitchen and we will get it fixed right away!

What I want to say: ARE YOU JOKING. If you didn’t want it mooing and running around your plate then you shouldn’t have ordered it rare!!!!!!! CMON!!!

When I bring out the bills and a customer jokes around and says "I thought you were paying!?":

What I say: *laughs and walks away*

What I want to say: HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT. ME? PAY? After making $3 an hour plus your sh*tty tip. Yeah right.

When a customer asks me if the tip is included:

What I say: No, it is not, you have to include that when you sign the slip! Thank you!

What I want to say: …… *starts screaming*

When I go the table for the last time and say goodbye:

What I say: Thank you so much for coming in, have a great night! Come see us again!

What I want to say: Alright get to moving, I want to go home. I hope you tipped me good, seeeeee yaaaa. Peace out my dudes.

So there it all is. I laid it all out there.

Those are just a few things that I want to say to servers but instead I keep a smile on my face and stay kind and nice. It takes A LOT of work to maintain a nice personality and put up with the handful of people that come through the restaurant I work at.

So there you all go, how I truly feel and what I want to say to you.

P.S. - I am really sorry if I have ever served you before. Lol. Don't take it personally. :)

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If You Want The Most Relaxing Weekend Getaway From NYC, Go To Tulum, Mexico

Escape the freezing temperatures and head to the sunny beaches.

With below freezing temperatures upon us in NYC, the white sand beaches and warm temperatures of Tulum, Mexico sound ever appealing. Tulum is located just a short two-hour drive south of the busy city of Cancun, Mexico. The numerous daily direct flights out of NYC make this trip truly seamless.

This small rustic town and laid-back vibe is the ultimate weekend getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle you’re surrounded by in New York City. Get out of the tundra and head over to your beach life get away. Grab some friends and your bathing suits and head over to Tulum for the most relaxing weekend of your life.

Tulum is special because you can interact with all the locals and experience their easy-going way of life. You truly get to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and you get a sense of their spirituality.

This small, rustic town promotes a healthy, positive lifestyle in the sense that everything is fresh and requires physical activity.

The narrow streets, lacking room for cars, push the tourists to live like the locals and either ride bikes or walk everywhere. You have the opportunity to take long walks on the white sand beaches and stop at one of the many beachfront hotels for a quick lunch.

Most boutique hotels you stumble into offer moonlight yoga on the beach with the ability to channel all of your energy into the sound of the relaxing waves. Be sure to take advantage of the beachside massages offered by the hotels. After spending an entire day laying out its time to head over to a trendy dinner where the chefs are sure to take advantage of the local, fresh ingredients.

Must-see hotels:

  1. BeTulum
  2. Nomad
  3. Sanara
  4. Casa Malca

Must-see restaurants:

  1. Hartwood
  2. Raw Love
  3. The Real Coconut @Sanara hotel
  4. Posada Margarita

Must-see bars:

  1. Gitano
  2. Casa Jaguar
  3. Taqueria La Eufemia
  4. La Zebra

Safe travels!

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