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by Madisen Keavy
Vegetarian noodle bowls will be offered at Tutor Cafe. (USC Photo/Madisen Keavy)
Vegetarian noodle bowls will be offered at Tutor Cafe. (USC Photo/Madisen Keavy)

As Trojans return to the classroom, their appetite for learning will be fed — along with their fervor for food.

USC Hospitality has a host of new options including Verde — a make-it-yourself burrito restaurant at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center — as well as new choices on the menus at campus favorites Traditions and Tutor Café.

Verde was created from conception to implementation by Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality.

“Verde was something we created based on what we see out there — made to order, current and relevant,” he said. Ingredients, which include sustainable produce, come from local vendors.

At Tutor Café, USC Hospitality revamped the menu to offer Asian-inspired sandwiches and fresh noodle bowls. According to Eric Ernest, USC executive chef, this menu is now 85 percent Southeast Asian-inspired.

“We try to give a very authentic experience and a very high quality,” Ernest said.

Tutor Café is also offering Indian food through a partnership with USC Marshall School of Business alumnus Neeraj Pate, and his Indian Cafe, No Tomatoes. Students can now order samosas, chicken vindaloo and other Indian classics.

Traditions has expanded its selections with the Big Country Barbecue menu, which features a range of barbecue favorites and homemade sauces.

“Traditions should be that home-away-from-home, not only offering barbecue but Southern hospitality,” Ernest said.

Hoping to keep the line out the door not just on game days, Traditions has also created menu options like pulled pork nachos and Korean-barbecue-inspired ribs. The restaurant offers daily specials, such as 50-cent-chicken-wing Mondays.

And for those on campus who want to fill shopping bags with fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods, McCarthy Quad will host a farmer’s market every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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