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Mar 12, 2007 02:58 PM

I've Got $9 to Spend on Dinner in W. LA. Where Do I Go?

The subject line says it all, really. I have all of $9 to spend on dinner tonight (why $9? I'm saving money for a trip to NYC and that's my dinner budget every night this week).

Preferably, recommedations will be near Westwood Village; Sawtelle Japanese district; West LA (Olympic/Pico/Sepulveda).

Where will $9 go the farthest in terms of quality?

As for cuisine - I'm totally open (though I'm not in the mood of burgers/fries).

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

PS: Burnt out on the following: Zankou, Poquito Mas, Asahi Ramen, Ramenya, Apple Pan

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  1. you can feed yourself silly for $9 at saks teriyaki in the village. not the best food but i have a fondness for the spicy crispy chicken combo. a whole lot of food for @ $6.

    or you can head south on westwood to sunnin and get a dinner plate for @ $9.

    1. If it were me, I think I'd go with a carnitas burrito or a flautas plate at Tacomiendo ( ). Their chili rojo con papas is pretty nice too. All are around $6 or $7.

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      1. You could eat for $9 at Sunnin Lebanese Cafe, on Westwood Blvd.

        Likewise, you could probably eat for $9 at Ambala Dhaba (Indian):

        Ambala Dhaba
        1781 Westwood Blvd.
        Westwood, (310) 966-1772

        I like the Pad See-Ew from Noodle Planet, on Westwood Blvd. -- there are probably a number of options you could choose from here.

        Perhaps your best bang for the buck would be to go for tacos -- there was a long thread recently about the best tacos in West L.A./Santa Monica with some decent options to get you started:

        1. santouka(ramen) at mitsuwa market place! Is located on venice/centinela.
          their signature shio ramen($7) is one of the best in LA. Make sure you get toroniku pork with your shio ramen, its a must!

          1. A bit further down from your area, but $9 at Simpang Asia (National@Motor) will get you one of their several Indonesian mixed rice plates, probably one of their drinks, too. I always get the Nasi Warteg here.

            Or, you could get a really hearty Persian soup/sandwich at Attari Cafe on Westwood@Wilkins.

            Another favorite, get a Bosnian cevapi or meat burek at Aroma Cafe on Overland, just south of Pico.

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            1. re: WBGuy

              i believe that attari is not open for dinner

              1. re: westsidegal

                they actually are open til about 10pm now...they're closed on sunday and mondays I think