Reasonable on the Westside
I eat out often and sure Craft and Comme Ca are great once in a while but i am looking for places that are reasonably priced - maybe $15 excluding drinks and dessert. No Chinese or Mexican please. Dives are fine!
I'd suggest Fritto Mixto on Colorado and 6th, as well as Rosti on Montana. Both have entrees in that price range. If you like Thai, there's Bankok West on Santa Monica at 6th...
A couple dives: It's easy to spend more, but I often get out of Terried Sake House for under $15. And you can definitely pick up some Indian chicken at Chutney's for under $15 - heck, you can probably feed 4 people for about that much there :)
Terried Sake House
11617 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
2406 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
will require some careful ordering, but shamshiri grill can come in at that level before tax, tip, beverages, and dessert.
Babalu... depending what you order
Bread and Porridge or Snug Harbor
Baby Blues BBQ
Cafe Dana on Montana
Food on Pico
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
Jinky's on 2nd
Real Food Daily
Bay Cities Deli
I know, no Mexican... but Monte Alban is worth it for Oaxacan
Renee's Courtyard Cafe if you want some music and drinks at the same time
Kreation Kafe (if you did a couple of tapas plates)