Chow Challenge: $5 lunch on the Westside => Cent. City, Culv City, WLA, SM, Brntwd, Wstwd, MDR and Venice
Awhile back, someone asked for recommendations for $5 or less lunches in the Pasadena area. I'd like to extend the same plea for the Westside area. Any type of cuisine is welcomed!! I think I'd skip the fast food places except for In 'n Out.
Oh, and drinks not included (of course!).
Oooh love the challenge!
Tempura House, a cute moms and pops take out restaurant on Sawtelle Blvd had daily bentos for $5. It comes in two plastic boxes, one filled with rice and the other filled with a variety of yummy stuff. They seem to change the contents daily so I never know exactly what will be in them. But generally there's some sort of fish, meat, stewed vegetable, fishcake, pickled vegetable, tamago yaki, and of course two cute edamame pods. Good stuff!
$5 cemitas from the Cemitas Poblanas truck parked just west of Venice and Clarington. The tacos there are cheap and good, too.
Mitsuwa supermarket: The (small) bowl of ramen from Santouka is just over $5, but they have mini rice bowls for $3-something. Several bowls of noodles and other meal options from Sanuki are under $5.
Falafel sandwich from Sunnin, $4.50. $5.50 gets you a Beef Shawerma.
India Sweets and Spices have combo meals with rice, two items and a chapati for under $5. Around the corner at the Hare Krishna temple they sell food by the pound. Not great chow, but cheap.
The often mentioned Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica has a Poor Boy sandwich for $4.35, bologna, cotto salami,swiss cheese with the works; mayo, mustard (yellow, honey or dijon), onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, Italian dressing & mild or hot pepper salad. For $5.75 you can get their best sandwich, the Godmother: genoa salami, mortadella
coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone with the works. Their bread is baked on the premises, several times a day, and is terrific.
The regular salads at Tender Greens are $5 exactly, they're a nice size, and they come with a slice of garlic toast.
El Super Taco - WLA - 11923 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 312-6260
$1.00 (or are they $1.10 now?) Tacos, Torta Cubana $4.99, easily accomplished here.
Philly West - Westwod-ish - 1870 Westwood Blvd., (310) 474-9787
Several Sandwiches under $5.00.
Bella Pita - Westwood Village - 960 Gayley Ave., (310) 209-1050
Falafel or Beef Wooshie $4.00. Actually the beef wooshie is a thin layer of spiced ground beef cooked inside a double pita sized sandwich pocket which they cut in half. Stuff them full from the condiment bar and its alot of food. (I thinky they have a vegan option for $3,25) If your really on a starving student budget, 2 people could split it and dine for $2.00 each, or $1.63 each for the vegan option.
p.s. - They have a sister restaurant called "Westwood Burgers & Falafel" that they're converting over to the Bella Pita menu that is alot more accessable "right" next door, or on, a parking lot @ 1945 1/2 Westwood Blvd., (310) 475-4070
If you ever get the hankering for that simple baseball food you had as a kid, they you can get the Diddy Dog Special - all beef hot dog w/ 16 oz. drink, add a bag of patato chips and an ice cream sandwich for dessert, and your out the door for $3.75 (approx.). @ 926 Broxton Ave., Westwood Village (310) 208-0448.