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what's the best lunch deal in town?

olivexjina Dec 19, 2006 08:37 AM

all cuisines welcome...looking for good eats....weekday lunch specials...which places do u feel are a steal for the food? LA area...thanks in advance!

  1. mrgreenbeenz Jul 29, 2009 04:27 PM

    As a professional brokester this is something I've done a lot of research on. Sadly, my range is limited to the eastside (gas prices can kill a cheap meal) but here are a few recs...

    Phillipe's - Skip the French Dip and get a heaping bowl of beef stew. Not exactly sure on the price but I think it's about $3.00 (and comes with crackers). Some folks also swear by the chili ($2.50/bowl) but I think it's kind of gray, gross and midwestern style.

    Nam Thai Lunch Truck - Cheap banh mi truck at Alpine and Spring. I prefer it to Buu Dien which is similarly priced ($2-2.50 for most sandwiches).

    Big Mista at Atwater and other farmer's markets - BBQ sandwich for $4 (Sundays).

    The Sanamluang noodle bowl at Sanamluang on Hollywood. Heaping bowl of pork, pork stomach, shrimp and shrimp and fish balls - $6.50.

    RoRo's Lebanese on Sunset - Falafel sandwich for $2.50. Also cheap schwarma and roast chicken lunch specials.

    Yum Cha Dumplings Chinatown - admittedly it's no Din Tai Fun but so cheap you won't care. If you want to spend a little tiny bit more Won Kok nearby is tastier.

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      Keatonese Jul 29, 2009 11:39 AM

      A better deal than Joe's and just around the corner is the Brickhouse Kitchen. They have a huge menu with items from breakfast to salads that run $8 - 9 with large portions. The dressing on their Greek Salad is the best and everything I've tried is good to great. A nice casual, unstuffy atmosphere as well.

      1. westsidegal Jan 29, 2007 12:06 PM

        thai boom has a whole list of lunch specials at
        $5.50 each.
        samosa house has their combination plate, your choice of 3 dishes plus rice plus raita plus 2 roti for $6.
        hungry pocket in santa monica serves a great falafal sandwich for about $3.50.

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          2chez mike Jan 29, 2007 11:19 AM

          Poquito Mas. One taco with rice, beans chips and fresh salsa bar. $3.82 or somthing like that.

          1. aching Dec 20, 2006 08:16 PM

            I agree that Joe's prix fixe lunch is a standout. Excellent food, service, and ambience. The only problem is that it's easy to linger longer than an hour!

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              arkestra Dec 20, 2006 07:58 PM

              i've always felt that sushi can be a real bargain at lunch (if you're willing to accept a fixed selection). not all places offer lunch specials (and i wouldn't want to eat at many that do). in addition to some that have been mentioned above, i would add (1) mori sushi ($mid-to-upper teens), and (2) R23 (about $13).

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                igj Dec 20, 2006 06:56 PM

                I haven't been there since October, so maybe things have changed, but Thai Patio -- the place that moved into the old Palms Thai space in Thai Town -- had a $3.99 lunch special. That was a bargain, although quality was, I'd guess, about commensurate with the price, maybe a bit higher. Still, if cheap is top priority, it sure beats Panda Express.

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                  Fidelixi Dec 20, 2006 04:11 PM

                  It's Indonesian food. Sticky rice with various stewed/braised meats and fried/braised tofu. I don't know a lot about this cuisine so I leave it to someone better informed - but, it's delicious, inexpensive and unusual. The curried chicken is especially great. The food can be moderately spicy, but make sureto also get some of the sauces in jars by the condiment table.

                  It's on National, 1 block west of Motor, in a mini-mall with Cheviot Farms.

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                    ks in la Dec 20, 2006 04:46 PM

                    In the market section, they sell containers of their beef rendang which for a while was my favorite food product in LA. It's dry-ish (as opposed to a lot of sauce), deeply flavored, and completely addictive.

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                    silverlakebodhisattva Dec 20, 2006 03:41 PM

                    DINO'S! still under $5!

                    r gould-saltman

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                      Fidelixi Dec 20, 2006 03:41 AM

                      SIMPANG ASIA in Mar Vista/Cheviot Hills. #1 or #8.

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                        kevin Dec 20, 2006 05:56 AM

                        where is that/ AND WHAT FOOD/ THANKS.

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                          Fidelixi Dec 20, 2006 04:11 PM

                          (please look below - replied on wrong link!)

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                            Das Ubergeek Dec 20, 2006 04:25 PM

                            Indonesian, and it's on the same intersection with Hu's and El Nopal (home of the pregnant burrito).

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                          ThatPat Dec 20, 2006 02:58 AM

                          Not a steal exactly, but Kiriko's lunch special--10 pieces of spectacularly good sushi usually including a blue crab roll and heavenly (and I mean that) home-made ice cream at $29.50 has to be one of the best deals taste-wise. Worth every penny if you want really high quality sushi at an affordable price. I would much rather spend the money at Kiriko than go to Echigo at less than half the price.

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                            chowmominLA Jan 29, 2007 07:08 AM

                            I love Japanese lunch specials,

                            You could "downsize" the Kiriko lunch special mentioned above to 8 select pieces of sushi (toro, yellowtail, albacore, shrimp, eel, house-smoked salmon, halibut and... forgot the last one... ) plus tuna roll for $18. No homemade ice cream though...

                            Sushi Don on Laurel Canyon and Riverside in Valley Village has six quality sushi nigiri (2 albacore, salmon, yellowtail, tuna and... I forgot the last one) plus your choice of rolls, including an excellent blue crab roll, for $9.

                            Sushi Gen on Alameda and 2nd in Little Tokyo has an AMAZING sashimi lunch platter with choice cuts of fish (toro, hamachi, etc.) plus soup, a few salads and rice for $13.

                            Izayoi in Little Tokyo has a great bento box with grilled mackerel, chawamushi, sashimi, soup, salad and rice for $9.50.

                          2. SauceSupreme Dec 20, 2006 01:27 AM

                            I Cugini in Santa Monica has a three course pris-fixe menu for $20.

                            Here's the menu (from the website):

                            Choice of

                            Golden Beet Carpaccio
                            Soft Polenta
                            White Anchovies Marinated
                            Peppery Iron Skillet Mussels

                            Choice of

                            Alaskan Halibut
                            adriatic style, grilled or braised
                            Grilled Chicken Salad
                            with walnuts, feta cheese, oranges & balsamic dressing
                            Gamberetto Pizza
                            shrimp, basil pesto, tomoto sauce and mozzarela
                            Risotto of the Day
                            please consult your server


                            Sfolia Dolce
                            Ciao Bella Gelato
                            Coffee, Tea or Soda Included

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                              WHills Dec 19, 2006 11:43 PM

                              Moffett's in Arcadia has chicken pot pie for around $2.50. However, if you are a big eater, you might need 2 to be full, but they are the best chicken pot pie in L.A.

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                                VealParmGuy Dec 19, 2006 10:55 PM

                                Echigo in Santa Monica has a very well priced ($13 maybe?) omakase lunch special.

                                Does dim sum count? I have feasted at Empress Pavillion normally for about $8 a person. And there parking garage is probably the best deal in LA at 60 cents.

                                Anyone know of any burger deals?

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                                  ThatPat Dec 20, 2006 02:55 AM

                                  Unless they raised the price in the last month, Echigo's lunch special is still $12.

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                                  calabasas_trafalgar Dec 19, 2006 10:30 PM

                                  Taco Time downtown has 2 tacos for a buck!

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                                    loganfilm Dec 19, 2006 11:58 PM

                                    MMMMMMmmmmmm....... Taco Time. I've been waiting years for those to show up in LA.


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                                      Das Ubergeek Dec 20, 2006 04:24 PM

                                      There's one in Anaheim, on Katella near Euclid.

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                                        calabasas_trafalgar Dec 20, 2006 05:44 PM

                                        On Broadway between 3rd and 4th, next to McDonalds

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                                          calabasas_trafalgar Jan 29, 2007 06:15 AM

                                          No more special deal. Now they are a buck each!

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                                        malibumike Dec 19, 2006 02:53 PM

                                        Many restaurants in Chinatown you can get a complete lunch including main course, rice, soup, and tea for around 4 to 5 bucks.

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                                          cvc Dec 19, 2006 02:37 PM

                                          One of them is certainly Joe's $15 three course prix fixe in Venice. Hard to match the quality for the price. Lily's next door does a $10 lunch if you're on a stricter budget but I'd go to Joe's. The Pink Pepper in Hollywood does great Thai and has a $5.95 lunch special. For something unique the self serve cafe at The Getty is excellent and, well, the art is free but then there is parking unless you bus it from the Sunset and Church area.

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