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May 19, 2007 11:42 PM

Any Cheap & Good Eateries in the San Gabriel Valley?

I'm a college student that can eat like a HORSE. So heres the problem, I'm a student, I'm a sorry broke butt. I have a poor pocket, but a rich diet.

So heres the question: "Does anyone know where I can get some CLAIM JUMPER material for a cheap price anywhere???"

Anywhere near the San Gabriel Valley? (La Puente, Alhambra, Hacienda Hts, Dimond Bar, Walnut, La Mirada, La Habra, etc.)

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  1. I don't know what they serve at Claim Jumper (and I'm actually not ashamed of that), but I gotta tell you about two awesome ways to get stuffed for less than five bucks.

    1. Bahn Mi. Vietnamese sandwiches on nine inches of baguette. There are many places to go for these. They average around $2. You probably can eat two, maybe three if you're insane.

    2. Kang Kang Shao Mei. Valley Blvd east of Atlantic. Point through the glass at three things that look thrilling and they'll come at you on a large tray with a mound of rice and some soup for about four dollars. I usually end up with leftovers to go. There's a similar place on Garvey at Garfield, and probably others all over the SGV.

    1. Maybe Homestyle Buffet in Rosemead? All-you-can-eat for around 7.99 ain't too shabby if it's Claim Jumper material you are looking for.

      For a bit more refined and upscale (just a bit), might try Gerlachs Grill in Pasadena, which will give you enough rice with your order to carbo load for a marathon (or two).

      Also, various Chinese restaurants have lunch specials ranging anywhere from 3.99 to 5.99 and last until 5 p.m. on weekdays. Try Hop Woo on Main St. in Alhambra as a starting point.

      1. The absolute cheapest good-quality food would be Vietnamese sandwiches. Some places will sell you two for $3 and throw in an extra sandwich as a bonus. If your Iron Stomach Kung Fu is good, you can try an all-you-can-eat Mongolian BBQ, although it's really just glorified chow mein. Another option is getting three tacos at La Paloma for $5 (they're stuffed with a whole lot of meat). Or you can get a large burrito at some place like Los Chiles Locos for $5. You may find my restaurant review website to be helpful in your search:

        It contains a lot of restaurants, but it's skewed toward the more inexpensive ones.