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Best dives?

jazzlover Feb 15, 2007 12:14 PM

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

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    silverlakebodhisattva Feb 16, 2007 12:46 PM

    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.

    1. SauceSupreme Feb 16, 2007 12:46 PM

      In Pasadena, I like Tarantino's on Green.

      1. Chowpatty Feb 16, 2007 12:42 PM

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

        1. tony michaels Feb 16, 2007 07:52 AM

          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 · More Locations
          Phone: (213) 380-3554

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            chowmominLA Feb 15, 2007 09:54 PM

            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. ttriche Feb 15, 2007 09:03 PM

              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.

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                bulavinaka Feb 15, 2007 07:22 PM

                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.

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                  pjsace Feb 15, 2007 12:49 PM

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

                  1. tony michaels Feb 15, 2007 12:46 PM

                    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. jazzlover Feb 15, 2007 12:42 PM

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

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                        silverlakebodhisattva Feb 15, 2007 12:38 PM


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