3000 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000734.024680 -118.277751
Neighborhoods: South LA, South Los Angeles (South Central), South Central LA
HELL YEAH – CHANOS...! OFCOURSE U SHOULD TRY THE NACHOS. DONT LISTEN TO THEM OTHER PEOPLE
Chanos...seriously? Drunk food ONLY – Definitely a Trojan hang out... but only at 2am after the 901 Bar and Grill closes its doors, and only for those who are really, utterly intoxicated. The food is not good! It has a lot of hype for no reason other than it's convenient. I don't know why it reigns king amongst its fast food neighbors, yuck. I would not trust to eat the meat they serve and have you seen the nachos? They are soaked in grease, as are the burritos. It literally leaks through the bag. And talk about sketchy location! Speaking as a USC student who lives in the area, I do not recommend hanging out on Figueroa at night. Pass on Chanos. Get a sober friend to drive you to In 'N Out if you really have a fast food craving, come on.
Chano's more like Banos – I heard the hype of Chano's from USC students, I tried it and came to the conclusion that those recommending it must have been drunk when they visited. I had the chorizo con huevo burrito and was disgusted by it. While eating it I had to take cartilage/bone out of my mouth (multiple times) or wipe grease that was dripping down my arm. I have known 2 people who have gotten very sick after eating at Chanos. This place is only good for their fries. I can't believe it has such a good rating on citysearch. Shame!
Not bad – There are plenty of "better" Mexican/Californian food stops than Chano's, but the shanty architecture makes it worth a visit. For some reason, they built the drive-through window on the passenger's side of the car and the exit dumps directly onto the super-busy Figueroa. All in all, the food is decent and an adventure in almost getting into a wreck is guaranteed for every visit.
Decent food- not anything great – Popular among college students in the area, "The Original Chano's" is a little shack at an intersection on Figueroa.
The food here is overrated because people think they're getting really authentic food from a small place. Overall, food isn't bad- but nothing spectacular. If you pass it and you're hungry, you'll be pleased- but don't go seeking it out.
It takes 2 – The food is really good, especially the chicken burritos and chicken nachos. Really good salsa too. It's basically a little shack on the corner with benches outside. You don't want to eat there at night because the customers get kinda shady. So, you'll have to go through the drive-thru but you'll need a passenger, or extra long arms, because the pickup window is on the passenger's side instead of the driver's side. Worth the trouble though.
Trojan hangout – A huge hangout spot for Trojans. The food is greasy, but oh so satisfying. You'll never leave the biggest little Taco stand in SoCal hungry. Everything is SOOO good!
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