March Madness is a damn good excuse for a party. Campus Circle is featuring a list of the best take-out joints in the LA. so you and your guests will have the fuel to cheer for your favorite teams all tournament long. All you have to do is pick up the food (some deliver too), relax and eat. Now that’s madness.


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Taco-Man’s Mobile Taco Bar and Margarita Machine were made for March Madness parties. All meats and condiments are prepared in the catering kitchen the day of the event and transported to your home sweet home. The "Premium Service" option includes Taco-Man’s own grill, special presentation and two servers to get the fiesta started.

Along with a festive Mexican motif comes delicious food. The "Baja Package" offers a choice of three meats (BBQ steak marinated with onions and cilantro, shredded beef, ground beef, diced chicken, pork, fish and shrimp). Sides of Spanish rice, beans, tortilla chips and salsa complete the buffet.

The Mobile Taco Bar is not for the faint of heart (prices vary based on package choice, rental items and piñatas) and the 50 person minimum means there is enough food for all of Mexico at your party.


8412 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles (323) 852-0642

Everyone loves pizza, and the bigger … the better. Berri’s answers all prayers with its 20" pizzas ($14-22). Its unique combinations are sure to please your guests. Meat-lovers revel in the "O" pizza topped with chorizo, Italian, and Merguez sausages. BBQ sauce, cheese, chicken or shrimp, jalapenos, olives and herbs ornament the "Barbeque" pizza.

The "Vegetarian" is crowned with peppers, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, and olives. Bold pizza lovers will try the smoked salmon and bacon pie. It might be a challenge to double-fist a drink and a slice of Berri’s continent-sized pies, but just look to the screen for athletic motivation.


5065 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323) 665-7842

Zankou has amassed a cultish following with its succulent chicken and inexpensive Mediterranean food. These Armenian-run establishments (there are now seven) offer food for an eclectic game-day menu. Zankou is fast, but does not have the cheap and greasy "fast-food" flavor.

Order plates of falafel with hummus and sesame sauce, tri-tip schwarma and of course their famous rotisserie chicken (whole and half chickens come with pita and cost under $10) served with the legendary garlic sauce. The pita bread is baked fresh every morning, and fans line up when doors open at 10 a.m. for the juiciest chicken in L.A.


5301 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 934-1500

Citysearch voted this joint No. 1 for chicken wings in L.A., and rightfully so. They offer mild original buffalo style, lemon pepper, honey BBQ, teriyaki or the hot, hot, hot "suicide" wings. Party sized portions have 30, 50, 75 or 100 wings (get up to four flavors) and range from $17-47.

The original hoagies cost $6, and are loaded with Monterey jack cheese, onions and mushrooms. Go with some fries or garlic bread to calm your mouth down between bites of the fiery wings. Hoagies & Wings is a one-stop shop (they also deliver) for a feast that fits the madness.


1415 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 289-0392

The tastiest Cuban missile hit Los Angeles just about 30 years ago: Versailles! Pep your party with a bit of Cuban flavor from this delicious restaurant that gets everything right.

Pork chops marinated with citrus juice, slow-roasted garlic chicken, hefty paella and sweet plantains are the favorites. A sampler plate offers ham croquettes, stuffed and fried yucca, and fried pork. With five locations offering consistently flavorful fare, you and your friends will rumba while you watch the game.


8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 653-7145

No get-together is complete until your sweet tooth has been satisfied. That’s where Sweet Lady Jane comes to the rescue. The desserts at this adorable gourmet bakery are artistic masterpieces. In fact, be careful not to miss the winning shot as you lose consciousness in sugar bliss!

Cakes and cakes galore: chocolate strawberry shortcake, dulce de leche, coconut, seven layer mocha, lemon curd … are you hungry yet? Heaven must be missing brownies with walnuts, because these treats are perfection. Mini cheesecakes and cupcakes conclude the celebration on a high note. Oh, Sweet Lady Jane, we have simply gone mad for your desserts!