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student on the loose in city. cheap reccomends?

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Im in town for 3 nights, and probally doing it big one night, town hall or somthing along those lines. And also so Yank Sings for dim sum. Any good rec's. for some cheap end good food that I cant get down in OC/LB. any dinner/lunch spots any nationality as long as its good and not too expensive.
Somthing like 10-20$ for dinners and 10$ for lunch.

thanks!

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      1. re: Euonymous

        Orange County / Long Beach ... what are the most type of restaurants in that area?

        Aziza
        http://www.aziza-sf.com/

        What days will you be here? A week-end visit might get different recs than weekday.

        1. re: rworange

          yank sing is not cheap!!! cheapest good dim sum i have found that i really like is a bakery with zero atmosphere called good luck dim sum on clement near 8th...

          1. re: sfoperalover

            I had dim sum at Good Luck and it sucked! Cold and greasy food and not friendly at all. I don't see why people keep recommending this place.

            1. re: chemchef

              Was it crowded when you were there? Some dim sum places are good only at peak hours.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yes, it was very crowded. That's one of the reasons we decided to stop. There was a long line.

              2. re: chemchef

                I don't really agree with this assessment. Good Luck is often packed and rushed, so they try to be efficient. There isn't a lot of time for niceties, but I couldn't say I've ever had rude treatment there.

                I've also never had cold dim sum there, either (have never gone at non-peak time), though there's always a timing issue with these sorts of things. Grease level, however, has varied.

                I would never say Good Luck is the best dim sum in the city. But I would still say it's a good option because of a confluence of factors. It's a good value, as I can easily get full on decent and sometimes quite good quality dim sum for just a few dollars -- and I can do so relatively quickly, as take out if needed, rather than a longer, more extended cart experience.

                At other places, I've paid more money for lower quality dim sum that took longer to be served. Good Luck is no Koi Palace or Yank Sing, but I think it's a good choice for this particular niche.

                EDIT: I should qualify to say I haven't been in almost a year, so if there has been a very recent decline, I wouldn't have noticed.

        2. deem sum at yank sing can go +$30.

          you might try ti couz. i recommend the scallop-tomato crepe.
          it's a bit unusual. VN, thai, chinese, indian i assume you an get
          all at a equal or higher standard in LA.

          aziza is way out in the sticks, and is hard to see coming in under $20 [zagats claims
          it is $40: $20 entrees, $9 starters/desserts/cocktails]. i also personlly think it is overrated.

          decent $7 happy hour pizzas at olive bar.

          1. Hit the Mission for some killer Tacquerias. There are a lot of them and lots of great bars too. It's a fun night out if you're with friends.

            1. Burma Superstar in the Richmond. Not going to get that in LBC/OC. Relatively affordable as well. Burritos you can get at home. While you're on Clement you might look around - plenty of inexpensive food.