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One cheap lunch in LA

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Hey Hounds,

NYCers in LA for one lunch as part of a road trip. Fiance is vegetarian, I'm an omnivore- looking for a lunch 20 bucks or under... not Japanese or Indian food. Anyplace uniquely LA we should hit? thanks for the help!

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  1. M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose west of La Brea. Macrobiotic, but good anyway. :) For both of you, it could go over $20, but not by much. Check it out: www.mcafedechaya.com

    1. Go to the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax. Dozens of food stalls and a unique LA experience. Search the boards for specifics on what to eat where. Have fun!

      1. Road trip? If you are driving in from the east, then stop in the San Gabriel Valley off the 10 west of L.A. and get the country's best dim sum, dumplings, or other Chinese.

        1. Which route will you be taking? If you take the 10, the San Gabriel Valley has plenty of cheap places to eat. There are a number of Chinese vegetarian restaurants here, too. Here's my small list of restaurant reviews in this area: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv.

          1. Should've specified. This lunch will be on a Friday... we're probably going to be in the miracle mile area, as well as by the Getty... we'll be running around the city, but it will be the city proper (which is huge anyway). Can also hit Venice/Santa Monica... does that help at all?

            1. If you're doing Miracle Mile area... I couldn't agree more with I Turned Out...

              The Farmers Market at Fairfax and Third. You can't get much more true LA than that!

              Many many choices, lots of people watching...

              1. Grand Central Market downtown. Lots of different cafes, all cheap, most really good. Primarily different ethnic cuisines, plus it's in a super cool, old building downtown across from Angel's flight. Another good one if you like Mexican seafood is 7 mares on Sunset blvd. near Descanso. They have a sit down restaurant but next door is their outdoor cafe with killer fresh shrimp tacos for around 1.25 each. Fun to go at night when the mariaches have finished playing and come over to have a bite.

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                1. re: sabrinaz

                  After lunching there today, I totally concur with the Central Market plans. Lots of different good cheap prepared foods to choose from - plus, it's a fantastic market with goods from many parts of the world, especially Mexico.

                  We had 2 tacos each. The carnitas were done Michoacan style but shreded very fine...riquismo - but the carne asada were better, IMHO. I don't remember the name of the vendor at the moment but will try to post some pics in a while...

                2. I third the Farmer's Market at The Grove.