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Mar 23, 2007 10:33 AM

$5 lunch in Pasadena-- is it possible?

I am craving an even cheaper lunch today. Usually, my average is $7-15 for a decent lunch.
Is it possible to get a good lunch for $5-6 in Pasadena? If so, where? I am willing to drive, but close to home in the Playhouse District would be even better. Del Taco? Rick's? Lovebirds? I would appreciate any recs. Thank you.

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    1. re: kajtf

      Do they have a lunch special? Maybe, I'll check them out today. Thank you. :)

      1. re: kajtf

        pie n burger would be too expensive, unless a delicious slice of pie could be considered lunch.

        tough one, maybe an americanized taco for luigi ortega's.

        a slice from avanti's if they do slices (they have stuff like duck sausage, etc.)

        1. re: kevin

          Actually, pie does sound good. Thanks for this suggestion. :-)

          I have a feeling I'm incapable of a $5 lunch here.

          1. re: katkoupai

            better yet, if haven't already, give Bulgarini a try, get pistachiio and a couple other flavors (3.50 small, 4.50 large).

            oh, and hopefully strawberry pie is in season at pie n burger.

            1. re: kevin

              Yeah, I've been eating Bulgarini about once a week for the last month at the Laemmle Playhouse 7. Love that stuff! Bulgarini for gelato, 21 Choices for yogurt. Re. Bulgarini, I've had pistachio, cantaloupe, lime custard, and pineapple so far-- all delicious!

              I'm really tempted to check out Pie N Burger.

              1. re: katkoupai

                pie n burger wit run you at least 13-15 for a full meal though.

                6.25 for a burger, fries 2 or 2.50, pie 3.50, coke 2 or so.

                1. re: kevin

                  I know-- I was thinking just that-- won't be $5. Thanks for the details. Still thinking...

                  I might just have to hit up King Taco, again.

                2. re: katkoupai

                  just thought of something bowl of seafood corn chowder from fanta sea grill in south pasaden, next to rite aid? on fair oaks.

                  hasn't been mentioned for a while on these boards.

                  they also have garlic pepper shrimp, ahi w/ a yogurt wasabi sauce, and bowl of shrimpin garlic butter sauce all above your requirements though. mostly 10-15 per, except for the chowder. and everything is still cheaper than a haute restaurnat since served on paper plates. plastic utensils, utilitarian surroundings.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Sounds really delicious. Thank you.

                    1. re: kevin

                      do you know what kind of sea food they put in the seafood chower, I am pickey about the seafood, it sounds really good

                      1. re: monkfanatic

                        no i don't know. drop by and check it out, they have some sauteed fish dishes in addition to the chowder and also shrimp dishes one a cajun soup versian, a veggie gyro, and a tofu-blue crab burger.

          2. La Estrella - any of their locations, really, although I'm thinking of the new one on Orange Grove. $1 al pastor tacos - four is a meal.

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            1. re: condiment

              Okay, this is what I'm talking about. Cheap. Gotta find this place, see how far it is...

              1. re: katkoupai

                Make sure you try the Tacos de Cabeza! I LOVE 'EM. Don't be put off by the name. The meat is actually from the cheeks.

            2. I've always liked Los Tacos in the brick strip mall on the Northwest corner of California and Fair Oaks. I think tacos are $1-$1.50, and 2 or 3 is filling. I think you can get 4 for less than $5, but no drink.

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              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                They also have a multi taco deal (like 4 or 5) that I believe is around 5 bucks. It's definitely cheap (and good).

              2. Try Los Chiles Locos or La Paloma in Monrovia and Duarte (right off the 210):

                1. I'm not too familiar with Pasadena, but you can definitely do it in the Arcadia area. Here are my recs:

                  Moffett's (Baldwin Ave/past Golden West)--chicken pot pie for $2.50 each (they are small ones, and you can order it to go for around $2.50 per pie)
                  Garden Cafe (Baldwin Ave/south of Huntington Dr.)--I think Garden has lunch specials that start at $3.99 (sandwich dish with soup)
                  In and Out--cheeseburger and hamburger combos would get you out under $5.

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                  1. re: WHills

                    IMHO, Tasty Garden would be a better choice than Garden Cafe. It's just a few blocks down the street on the southeast corner of Duarte and Baldwin (close to Moffett's). But avoid Vietnam Kitchen, which is located in the same mini-mall as Moffett's. Their food isn't that great.