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Jul 26, 2006 07:06 PM

AFFORDABLE places to eat in los angeles

I don't have a huge budget but I'm going to dinner with friends tonight, and I really really do not want to end up at CPK again.

Thanks in advance I am looking forward to your recommendations

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  1. What neighborhood? Any type of cuisine preference? This is a pretty broad question.

    1. if it's dinner with friends i always enjoy a nice atmosphere. i would suggest gingergrass in silverlake. they have nice-sized delicious noodle bowls for 6-7 bucks. dinner entrees range from 9-14 bucks. they have a very reasonably priced wine list with selections from silverlake wine store across the street. my favorite summertime glass is the cheapest white wine by the glass...i believe its listed first underneath the white wine selections...only five bucks a glass and described as "like an ocean breeze with a hint of grapefruit." it pairs wonderfully with the food.

      their menu is listed on their website:

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      1. re: love2eat

        That sounds nice. Dinner and wine and money to spare :)

      2. As far as neighborhood is concerned West Los Angeles, or the San Fernando Valley...or anywhere within 15 miles of west LA would be fine for all of us.

        It doesn't matter much but we're going tomororw night not tonight. :)

        And food preference. I think we all just want it to be good and in the 10-15 dollar range.

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        1. re: Diananeg

          I think you can do very well at Chabuya on Sawtelle in WLA. It is quite pleasant inside, and I like their traditional pork noodle bowl very much. If you add a few items in (seaweed, an egg, perhaps) you will be quite full and satisfied for $10 or $12/pp. Then, when you are done, you can walk for dessert: a boba drink, Nijiya Market has a wide selection of good-looking items, Beard Papas and the Fantasy bakery that is attached.

          1. re: liu

            How is Chabuya now? I haven't been since it first opened when the broth was very salty.

            I definitely second Beard Papa's!

            What about Cafe Brasil on Venice? Although, you've probably already gone to dinner . . . maybe next time. I enjoy their executive lunch.

            1. re: Alice

              i went about a month ago and drank about a gallon of water that evening.

              1. re: modernist

                Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. We have been there about 5 times, and I have never experienced anything inferior, including over-salted broth (although I have heard this from other Chowhounds).

                It has been a few months now, so I think it is time to try it again.

          2. re: Diananeg

            Terried Sake House is always a favorite of mine. Get a bunch of yakitori skewers and lots of non-sushi side dishes to share amongst yourselves. Lots of fun, and cheap.

            1. re: WBGuy

              this place looks really interesting :)

            2. re: Diananeg

              if you're willing to drive to westchester, near the airport, go to
              AYARA THAI CUISINE

            3. Have you ever tried Versailles Cuban food? I believe there is one in Manhattan Beach, one in Ventura and one in Culver City. I love it there, and it always is great. The garlic chicken is to die for, so my fiance says. :)

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              1. re: AmberWaves

                oh I have been to Versailles. They freakin give you a WHOLE CHICKEN. Not a huge fan, but a fun experience.

              2. Hmm.. Do you think you'll be in the mood for anything specific?

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                1. re: AmberWaves

                  I personally like "California style" whatever that means. Mexican is good too.