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May 31, 2007 10:53 AM

$2 and under

You've got two shiny gold-coloured coins in your pocket. What's the best food (it doesn't have to be a full-on meal, obviously -- it could be one exquisite piece of chocolate) that you can get for that $2? (Let's pretend you have seventeen extra cents to cover the tax.)

Obviously you can get a hot dog at 7-Eleven or a candy bar, but let's talk about things that are really worth spending that $2 on. (And no, spending it on public transit fare to a restaurant doesn't count!)

You can get a banh mi at any of several places in Little Saigon, including Banh Mi Che Cali.

You can get che at the same place for $1.

You can get a plate of dim sum at New Capital in Rowland Heights.

You can get two pieces of beautiful sour sausage at the Wat Thai food stands.

You can get two (and sometimes three) tacos at any number of taco trucks, including Tacos La Fonda in North Hollywood.

And you can get a Diddy Riese ice cream sandwich for $1.25.

What else?

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  1. You can get three mini-cream puffs from Paradise Pastry in Glendale. ($1 or $1.50)

    You can also get a lovely palm-sized fresh fruit tart in a chocolate shell from Paradise Pastry in Glendale. ($1.50)

    You can get a bag of Lay's salt and vinegar chips. ($1?)

    You can do the 99-cent menu at a myriad of drive-thrus.

    1. any of porto's house specialties such as:

      papa relleno, pastel de carne, pastel de chorizo, etc.

      1. The fried curry bread at Famima!! for $1.85

        1. A big burger and fries or a quesadilla hits the spot at McCormick & Schmick's during happy hour for $1.95.

          3 Replies
          1. re: LisaStitch

            This is probably the most food you can get for the $2. Pretty darn good too.

            1. re: MeAndroo

              Except you need an additional $3.50 to spend on the drink minimum. And I thought the food was priced right for the quality.

              1. re: skinny malinky

                I don't remember a drink minimum? Huh. The $1.95 deal does stiff the waiter from a tip if you wanted to keep it under $2 anyway. I always feel bad for the servers during happy hour.

          2. Hog dog and a drink at Costco

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              1. re: ns1

                Or one slice of the pizza is $1.99 (but it is one huge slice cut into two slices)

                1. re: slbear

                  Let's not forget the delicious churros.....