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.
(310) 679-0095 or taco-man.com
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.
BERRI’S PIZZA CAFÉ
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.
HOAGIES & WINGS
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.
SWEET LADY JANE
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!
Food: Special Features Dining [Break Out and Take Out]
Break Out and Take Out
By Camilla Warner
Article posted on 3/13/2006
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