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Best dives?

Looking for good, inexpensive, relatively authentice - anything but Indian.

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    1. Just about anywhere, but primarily Pasadena, NE Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, downtown, Silverlake, etc.

      1. The Prince
        3198 W Seventh St
        Los Angeles, CA 90005
        (213) 389-2007

        "If this sucker doesn't grab you then your octopus has been dead too long"

        1. The Prince has a couple of amazing dishes. The Korean fried chicken is good as is the super spicy fried chicken.

          1. Tacomiendo has great taqueria items and other Mexican dishes. And the tortillas they use for the tacos are made fresh - you'll see them being pressed as you make your order. I know of two locations: Inglewood Blvd, just south of Culver, and on Gateway, about a half block east of Barrington.

            1. Tonny's, on Orange Grove just west of Lake in NE Pasadena, has chile verde, machaca, and birria which is terrific, and it's abierto 24 horas. Most times I have gone (probably a dozen or so) it has been packed regardless of the time of day or night.

              1. My favorite dives:

                J & J Shanghai (aka Jin Jian)
                301 W. Valley Blvd. #109
                San Gabriel, CA 91776
                (626) 308-9238

                Pho 87
                1019 N Broadway
                Los Angeles, CA 90012
                (323) 227-0758

                (not exactly a dive but very casual and inexpensive, great place for breakfast)
                Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
                12114 Washington Blvd.
                Los Angeles, CA 90066
                (310) 398-6326

                1. A couple of other spots that might be what you are looking for. Yuca's is a true dive with excellent grilled carne asada, machacha, carnitas and cochinita pibil.

                  2056 Hillhurst Ave (Cross Street: Ambrose Avenue)
                  Los Angeles, CA 90027-2719
                  (323) 662-1214

                  And Dino's on Pico Blvd. in the Pico-Union district for their chicken manaico plate. $5 for a half chicken, fries soaked in the manaico sauce and some tortillas to wrap it up in.

                  2575 W Pico Blvd
                  Los Angeles, CA ยท More Locations
                  Phone: (213) 380-3554

                  1. Since you are interested in those areas, this thread on Top 5 Cheap restaurants will probably be of great use:

                    1. In Pasadena, I like Tarantino's on Green.

                      1. Assuming you want dive-y restaurants, and not bars, see:
                        Thi's reviews of half the noodle houses in Thai-town. Some have moved; most are still there, or can be found by a little digging around.
                        in Glendale, there's Elena's, Chicken Al Wazir, and a half-dozen places, all called "something-Kabob-something" which I haven't tried.
                        in Eagle Rock, they're all being gentrified, but there are still some.
                        La Parrilla. The Mexican place at Sunset and Douglas.