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Los Angeles Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 04:17 PM

I've been creating a Google Map of above average cheap eats comfort food places on my website. I need more ideas. If you have any please post here. Thanks

These are the ones I have so far

Carney's Restaurant
Chichen Itza Restaurant
Dino's Burgers
Fisherman's Outlet Seafood
Guelaguetza Restaurant
Hook'd On Fish
Howard's Big Burger
In-N-Out Burger
Langer's Delicatessen & Restaurant
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe
Panini's Pizza
Pete's Blue Chip
Philippe the Original
Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
Sonora Cafe
Tere's Mexican Grill
Tommy's Original World Famous

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    schrutefarms RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 05:32 PM

    How about the 101? And Swingers? Also Applepan, The Griddle, and Astro-Burger.

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      FrugalDanny RE: schrutefarms Jan 26, 2009 07:04 PM

      terrific classics I added all of them

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        kevin RE: schrutefarms Jan 30, 2009 08:19 PM

        apple pan is not exactly cheap. neither is sonora cafe or chichen itza (at least not the restuarant0.

        but most of these restaurants are delicious except perhaps tommy's.

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          Burger Boy RE: kevin Jan 31, 2009 07:48 AM

          Sonora is closed.

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            JeetJet RE: kevin Jan 31, 2009 12:53 PM

            kevin, have you had the breakfast sandwich on a English muffin or the
            "Break Fast" burrito at Tommy's? Fast, cheap, comfort, and maybe the most "Los Angeles" of anything mentioned on this thread IMO. Same chili that they put on those chili dogs but something delicious happens to it when combined with all those other things (sausage, egg, cheese, mayo, pickel, tomato, onion, or in the burrito they include a hashbrown).

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              Burger Boy RE: JeetJet Feb 2, 2009 07:29 AM

              that is so wrong with the egg, sausage and cheese, to add chili, pickles etc., is just WRONG!

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                JeetJet RE: Burger Boy Feb 2, 2009 12:10 PM

                Burger Boy, you go eat one of those Tommy's Original breakfast sandwiches on a English Muffin with "Everything" on it. After you finish it clean your face and hands three times and then type your response.

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                  Burger Boy RE: JeetJet Feb 2, 2009 08:03 PM

                  I tried one, that was all she wrote, not my cup of tea!

            2. re: kevin
              schrutefarms RE: kevin Feb 1, 2009 12:15 PM

              Tommy's IS delicious!!!

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                soto i am RE: schrutefarms Feb 2, 2009 12:12 PM

                Anyone know the closest Tommy's to Palos Verdes? Breakfast sandwich sounds terrific!

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                  JeetJet RE: soto i am Feb 2, 2009 07:06 PM

                  Hey soto i am, Enjoy and report back

                  Original Tommy’s
                  LONG BEACH
                  4315 E. Anaheim
                  (562) 498-2867

                  SANTA MONICA
                  1900 Lincoln Blvd.
                  (310) 392-4820


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                    kevin RE: JeetJet Feb 3, 2009 07:29 AM

                    original on beverly and rampart, a couple miles west of downtown la.

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                      monku RE: kevin Dec 21, 2009 03:33 PM

                      "Original Tommy’s" is the trademark name they use no matter what the location to differentiate it from other Tommy's knockoffs.

          2. Vaya Con Carne RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 05:33 PM

            My Taco in Highland Park
            Terried Sake House in West LA

            Terried Sake House
            11617 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            My Taco
            6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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              FrugalDanny RE: Vaya Con Carne Jan 26, 2009 07:17 PM

              Added My Taco - half way between DW's old neighborhoods...

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                JeetJet RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 05:36 PM

                My Taco (try the potato taco and asada sope)
                6300 York Blvd Ste 4
                Los Angeles, CA, 90042
                (323) 256-2698

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                  PurpleTeeth RE: JeetJet Jan 28, 2009 10:46 AM

                  and the goat stew.....

            2. Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 05:37 PM

              Let us not be forgetting Pann's, whose pea soup has comforted the dickens out of me, repeatedly. All their other stuff, too. Leroy's in Monrovia is mighty comforting, as is Harry's in Burbank. And one could easily drown many bleak sorrows in Pies and Burgers...

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                ChinoWayne RE: Will Owen Jan 26, 2009 05:47 PM

                The won ton soup and shrimp lo mein and shrimp egg foo young at Wang's Palace in Monrovia has comforted the poe out of me, and bloodlessly too. ;-)

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                  JeetJet RE: ChinoWayne Jan 27, 2009 05:26 PM

                  Hey Wayne, I just drove by the new location of Wang's two nights ago. Still not open but i talked to the owner as the crew worked late building the dinning room and kitchen. He told me thinks they can open next month and to try again then. This is true comfort food.

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                    ChinoWayne RE: JeetJet Jan 27, 2009 05:54 PM

                    Thanks, Jeet, we will really need our fix when they do open up.

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                  FrugalDanny RE: Will Owen Jan 26, 2009 07:25 PM

                  Added Pann's right before Peter's Blue Chip - should probably put it after eh?

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                    Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 11:44 AM

                    No, that's Panini's Pizza, not to be confused with. Doubt that Panini's Pizza has pea soup, though I could be wrong...

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                      Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 11:50 AM

                      Oops, sorry - you meant you just added it to your own list. Never mind...

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                      mrshankly RE: Will Owen Jan 30, 2009 01:19 PM

                      Will, I'm glad you mentioned the pea soup at Pann's. I had it last weekend (for the second time) and my only disappointment with it was that I didn't order a paint bucket's worth of it:) I could sit there and spoon that soup for an entire meal. What a comfort food their pea soup is followed by some of their hot wings.

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                        Wes RE: Will Owen Feb 2, 2009 10:22 PM

                        We used to go to Pann's regularly but no more!

                        The prices on the new menu are totally ridiculous. Over $9 for a diner hamburger, etc. Everything is overpriced. You can go to your favorite specialty restaurant for the items you crave and save.

                        Too bad. I turned in my Pann's card.

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                          Servorg RE: Wes Feb 3, 2009 10:19 AM

                          My birthday coupon gave me $8 off, so the burger would have been a dollar. Still a good value.

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                            JeetJet RE: Wes Feb 3, 2009 11:04 AM

                            Hold-on Wes. I notice prices as much as anyone but two big factors come into play at Pann's -- best Fried chicken (wings or meal) and that Googie ambiance. With so many post in recent months about some of the best places closing up shop we have a duty to keep a place open that has the best fried chicken in town with the best "future" ambiance. If Pann's should close then we have only second best fried chicken and no more "future." Oh, did I mention the pea soup? and about those....

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                          Burger Boy RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 06:26 PM

                          When you say Howard's , are you talking about Howard's Bacon Avocado Burger's on Venice Blvd.? Sonora Cafe closed a few months ago, FYI. Where is Hooked on Fish & Panini Pizza? TYIA

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                            FrugalDanny RE: Burger Boy Jan 26, 2009 06:37 PM

                            yes Howard's Big Burger -11127 Venice Blvd
                            removed sonora - thks
                            hooked - 17200 Ventura Boulevard
                            panini pizza - 8849 West Sunset Blvd West Hollywood

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                              jencounter RE: Burger Boy Jan 27, 2009 04:20 PM

                              I'll happily second Danny's rec for Hook'd on Fish. I am addicted to their cajun seared ahi wrap. Great fish, cooked right (seared outside and rare inside) rolled up in a nice wrap with cabbage, rice and some kind of delicious cajun sauce, all for around $10.

                              In this economy, I keep worrying that they, like so many others, will disappear...particularly when you consider that the rent/lease cost in that center has got to be astronomical. Here's hoping they stick around!

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                              cls RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 06:31 PM

                              This being a very large and casual city, and looking at your list, I would say there are more restaurants that meet your criteria than don't. I.e. this is going to be a pretty long list...

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                                FrugalDanny RE: cls Jan 26, 2009 07:19 PM

                                Yeah! I may need to divide into neighborhoods

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                                swimfin RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 07:35 PM

                                Tito's Tacos (Culver City)
                                Rick's Burgers (Pasadena)
                                Wolfe Burgers (Pasadena)
                                Tortas Mexico (Tujunga)

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                                  FrugalDanny RE: swimfin Jan 26, 2009 08:18 PM

                                  thks added tito rick & wolfe to the California page

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                                  paprkutr RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 07:41 PM

                                  Senor Fish
                                  Andres Italian on 3rd Street

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                                    FrugalDanny RE: paprkutr Jan 26, 2009 07:56 PM

                                    Mr Fish on 1st?

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                                      Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 11:49 AM

                                      Señor Fish is also in South Pas (Mission at Grand, across from TJ's) and Eagle Rock Blvd. at Norwalk. I've found the flavors a bit better in SoPa, but the bosky little terrace on Eagle Rock is a much nicer place to be. Shrimp, scallop, and shrimp/scallop tacos highly recommended, as are the fish of course.

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                                        FrugalDanny RE: Will Owen Jan 27, 2009 08:42 PM

                                        you don't hear bosky enough now a days for my tastes...
                                        I've included !st ave. and yes also eagle rock because it looks real good and because it looks so overgrown with bosky!

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                                          Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 10:29 AM

                                          They even have fake bird sounds twittering from the big tree in the middle - a tad over the top, but it's strangely pleasant. And of course it won't poop in your plate...

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                                      FoodKitCat RE: paprkutr Jul 9, 2010 11:40 PM

                                      Touche on Canters. Nothing like kreplach soup served at 2 am by a surly waitress.

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                                        Servorg RE: FoodKitCat Jul 10, 2010 03:09 AM

                                        I think my waitresses name was Shirley the last time I had soup at 2 AM...so I guess I almost had the perfect Canters experience! ;-D>

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                                          Tripeler RE: Servorg Jul 10, 2010 03:27 AM

                                          He said "surly" -- not Shirley, FWIW....well, close enough.

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                                            Servorg RE: Tripeler Jul 10, 2010 04:54 AM

                                            Shirley, I was jesting (and I'll call you Shirley just this once)... ;-D>

                                    3. westsidegal RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 09:59 PM

                                      taqueria sanchez in mar vista
                                      hungry pocket in santa monica

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                                        FrugalDanny RE: westsidegal Jan 27, 2009 08:19 AM

                                        added sanchez thks

                                      2. Kate is always hungry RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 10:22 PM

                                        I'd like to nominate Rae's in Santa Monica on Pico Blvd.

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                                          FrugalDanny RE: Kate is always hungry Jan 27, 2009 08:15 AM

                                          Thks Kate Added to my California map

                                        2. Emme RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 10:53 PM

                                          Monte Alban
                                          Mario's Peruvian
                                          Nate'n'Al's... maybe not cheap eats depending what you get...
                                          Numero Uno Pizza [a long time ago when I could eat it and it was good...]
                                          Sorry, but Jack in the Box for an oreo shake and curly fries... sigh, i miss these

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                                            FrugalDanny RE: Emme Jan 27, 2009 08:35 AM

                                            thks emme - added monte

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                                            malibumike RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 06:49 AM

                                            The Eastside Italian market and deli on Alpine street about a mile west of Chinatown

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                                              FrugalDanny RE: malibumike Jan 27, 2009 08:40 AM

                                              mike - done thks

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                                              CCDiner RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 07:08 AM

                                              I iike Bernie's on Glendale Blvd. beten Temple and Beverly. They have great chicken, teri beef and prk sticks (kabobs) w/ fried rice.

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                                                FrugalDanny RE: CCDiner Jan 27, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                i like bernie's too!

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                                                Ogawak RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                You're going to have a big list before you're done. Here are some my thoughts:

                                                Tops Burger on 3838 Colorado in Pasadena
                                                Bay Cities Deli
                                                Vito's Pizza
                                                Randy's Donuts
                                                The Hat
                                                Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
                                                Donut Man
                                                Pepe's Galley
                                                Jongewaard's Bake & Broil
                                                Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen
                                                Joe's Pizza
                                                King Taco
                                                Sam Woo BBQ
                                                Stan's Donuts

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                                                  FrugalDanny RE: Ogawak Jan 27, 2009 08:49 AM

                                                  yeah ogawak!

                                                  yep i've gone from 16 to about 30 and I haven't got to you yet! I'm gonna break for lunch (i'm so hungry after looking at all these places)and then tackle this list.

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                                                    JeetJet RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                    Ogawak is correct adding donuts. Include Peacock Donuts to that list also. This guy got pride.

                                                    Peacock Donuts (Crullers, plan cake and iced cake -- especially the chocolate iced white cake, all things cinnamon)
                                                    34 E. Durate Rd. (1 block East of Santa Anita Ave. & plenty of parking in the rear)
                                                    Arcadia, CA 91006
                                                    (626) 445-6564

                                                    Tops is a great call also
                                                    Tops (Kobe Bistro Burger with a small side of deep fried zucchini, asada totasda, pastrami)
                                                    3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
                                                    Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
                                                    (626) 449-4412

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                                                    FrugalDanny RE: Ogawak Jan 27, 2009 08:56 PM

                                                    Work in progress:

                                                    added Tops vitos bruddahs Fosselman's Brooklyn Bagel Bakery Pepe's Galley Bake 'n Broil King Taco Stans

                                                    added randys donut man Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen peacock donuts to california page

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                                                      bfoster1970 RE: Ogawak Jan 31, 2009 03:46 PM

                                                      Stan's Donuts are the best.

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                                                      anothernotch RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 08:45 AM

                                                      Gilbert's El Indio and Gallegos Deli are worth a look.

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                                                        FrugalDanny RE: anothernotch Jan 27, 2009 10:20 PM

                                                        done thks
                                                        gilberts's added to California map
                                                        gallegos LA map

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                                                        WSB RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 11:52 AM

                                                        Howard's Cafe
                                                        Chinese & American Food


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                                                          mdpilam RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                          La Taquiza (currently my fav LA burrito and they have great Agua Fresca)
                                                          El Chato (Taco truck - my fav taco spot in LA)
                                                          Cemitas Poblana truck on Venice in front of Smart & Final

                                                          Tacos, burritos and Cemitas - there you have my comfort foods - and all a filling meal for less than $10.

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                                                            Servorg RE: mdpilam Jan 27, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                            El Chato Taco Truck
                                                            1013 S La Brea (at Olympic Blvd.)
                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90019

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                                                              FrugalDanny RE: mdpilam Jan 28, 2009 06:32 AM

                                                              la taquiza el chato on the map

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                                                              JeetJet RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 05:44 PM

                                                              Chicken pot pie is major comfort food

                                                              Moffett’s Family Restaurant, Chicken Pie Shoppe (Two great Soups everyday, Chicken Pot Pie either mixed white/dark meat or White Meat only, Beef Pot Pie, & fruit Pies, Must try the peach, pumpkin, and berry, Eat there or takeout (Also, uncooked beef or chicken pies to-go -- freeze and bake later)
                                                              1409 S. Baldwin Ave.
                                                              Arcadia, CA
                                                              (626) 447-4670
                                                              Monday-Saturday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
                                                              Two blocks South of Huntington Drive next to Sav-On Drugs

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                                                              1. re: JeetJet
                                                                FrugalDanny RE: JeetJet Jan 28, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                                added to new Greater La map thks

                                                              2. monku RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 08:51 PM

                                                                El Tepeyac doesn't exactly fit into my "cheap" eats category lately. Have you seen their prices? Most of their burritos are now $10 and my favorite Manuels Special (regular) is like $18 now. Saw a family of 5 eating there one day on the patio and I calculated their lunch must have been about $60.

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                                                                  FrugalDanny RE: monku Jan 28, 2009 06:15 AM

                                                                  True but burrito bigger than most heads .

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                                                                    malibumike RE: monku Jan 28, 2009 06:40 AM

                                                                    Yes but it is good, I just wish there was something like this closer to malibu

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                                                                      ohdaylay RE: monku Jan 30, 2009 01:28 PM

                                                                      Try the Tepeyac in Alhambra. Good prices, good eats. The place is hard to find, though. It is in an industrial park on Raymond or Palm. Can't remember right now, I'm thinking of their Hollenbeck. ummmmm

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                                                                        monku RE: ohdaylay Jan 30, 2009 08:06 PM

                                                                        Tried it many years ago when they first opened (near Costco) and wasn't anything special. They aren't and were never related to El Tepeyac on Evergreen.

                                                                    2. CookieEater RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 09:00 PM

                                                                      I personally think of Chinese, Vietnamese, or Filipino food as comfort food, particularly when you consider dumplings or soups. Ok really, anything with rice works for me. That's a huge category for me to breach, but just off the top of my head Luscious Dumpling and Golden Deli are pretty cheap.

                                                                      I also put in another vote for Jongewaard's Bake n Broil. Food is definitely comfort food, though it can be hit and miss. But the baked goods are CHEAP for what you get, and always excellent.

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                                                                        monku RE: CookieEater Jan 27, 2009 09:03 PM

                                                                        Chinese....Sam Woo BBQ's

                                                                      2. Peripatetic RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 10:17 PM

                                                                        I agree it will be a Herculean task to create and maintain this map.

                                                                        One thing you might want to be aware of: Google Maps silently ignores all POIs after the first 200 POIs, at least when using KML and GPX -- at least that was the case eight months ago (I haven't checked recently). I got around it by breaking my lists into multiple lists, but it gets unwieldy and performance starts to really suffer. I can show you an example if you like.

                                                                        That said, I'd add the following places that I didn't see mentioned yet:

                                                                        Fab Hot Dogs
                                                                        The Oinkster
                                                                        Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
                                                                        Phillips Barbecue
                                                                        Brent's Deli
                                                                        Greenblatt's Delicatessen
                                                                        Pinches Tacos
                                                                        Jay Bee's House of Fine Bar-B-Que
                                                                        Brats Brothers
                                                                        Porto's Bakery
                                                                        Vicious Dogs
                                                                        The Counter
                                                                        Don Huarache
                                                                        Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Subs
                                                                        Baby Blues BBQ
                                                                        Pie 'n' Burger
                                                                        Father's Office (borderline cheap)
                                                                        Lucky Devils (borderline cheap)

                                                                        Depending upon your cutoff point for ethnic (I notice Mexican's already included), I'd also propose these:

                                                                        Jeon Ju
                                                                        Chunju Han-il Kwan
                                                                        Pho Minh
                                                                        Falafel Arax
                                                                        Kyochon Chicken

                                                                        There are some 260 more cheap places on my "to try" list that I've compiled based on CH recommendations. If even only 50% of them turn out to be good . . .

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                                                                          FrugalDanny RE: Peripatetic Jan 27, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                          Peri - Yes!.... Thks for info on Google maps and I appreciate your kind offer...
                                                                          just glancing I like your picks
                                                                          have to go to sleep

                                                                          I need some ideas on how to split LA but do it so is easy to understand

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                                                                            bfoster1970 RE: Peripatetic Jan 31, 2009 03:48 PM

                                                                            Father's Office is great for drinks with friends.

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                                                                            broncosaurus RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 07:26 AM

                                                                            Rice Things on Artesia (sushi and chicken bowl-type stuff)
                                                                            Very crowded at lunch time.

                                                                            1. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                              just done creating a City Of Los Angeles Map

                                                                              and a

                                                                              Greater Los Angeles Map

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                                                                                Burger Boy RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 08:30 PM

                                                                                Al & Bea's in East LA for burritos
                                                                                Juanito's for Tamales on Floral near Eastern

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                                                                                  FrugalDanny RE: Burger Boy Jan 28, 2009 09:02 PM


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                                                                                jzalvidea RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 12:16 AM

                                                                                In the South Bay / Long Beach area, my favorites are:

                                                                                Big Mike's Philly Steaks
                                                                                Hermosa Beach & El Segundo

                                                                                Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
                                                                                Long Beach & other locations

                                                                                Daily Donuts aka Dunkin Donuts
                                                                                former Dunkin that has kept same recipies and setup
                                                                                Crenshaw corner Sepulveda, Torrance

                                                                                El Burrito Jr.
                                                                                several PCH locations

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                                                                                  FrugalDanny RE: jzalvidea Jan 30, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                  ok! greater la

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                                                                                    JeetJet RE: jzalvidea Jan 30, 2009 06:52 PM

                                                                                    "ormer Dunkin that has kept same recipies and setup" Do they have the original plain cake with the little handle (a "dunkin" donut)?

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                                                                                      jzalvidea RE: JeetJet Jan 31, 2009 11:03 PM

                                                                                      never seen that one. what they have are my favorites, chocolate cream (powdered w/ choco filling), bavarian and boston cream

                                                                                  2. A5 KOBE RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 01:27 AM

                                                                                    Ciro's (down the street from El Tepeyac)

                                                                                    Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop

                                                                                    Bob's Okazuya

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                                                                                      monku RE: A5 KOBE Jan 30, 2009 04:53 AM

                                                                                      What? No Bruddah's ????

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                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: monku Jan 30, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                                                        on greater la map

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                                                                                          Servorg RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                                          Take a look at these two prior threads for the purposes of cross checking the places you currently have with ones you may be missing. The older of the two threads, (Modernist's essential list) is a still a GREAT resource even if it's a little bit dated. And Maxzook needs to be singled out for his selfless and incredibly helpful act of finding as many of these places and listing them in Chow Places as humanly possible.



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                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: A5 KOBE Jan 30, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                        ciros - la

                                                                                        bowl & bobs - greater la

                                                                                        where did lebowski bowl...

                                                                                      3. Maxmillion RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 05:35 AM

                                                                                        Daichan in Studio City -- Japanese Soul Food!

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                                                                                          FrugalDanny RE: Maxmillion Jan 30, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                          thks greater la

                                                                                        2. Kate is always hungry RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                                                          Two Van Nuys candidates: Mom's BBQ on Vanowen @ Hazeltine and Nat's Early Bite on Burbank @ Hazeltine.

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                                                                                            FrugalDanny RE: Kate is always hungry Jan 30, 2009 07:47 AM

                                                                                            greater la - thks

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                                                                                            ohdaylay RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 01:26 PM

                                                                                            Nice posts everybody. How about these:
                                                                                            The Hat (Alhambra location)
                                                                                            Pie 'n Burger in Pasadena
                                                                                            Ricks in Pasadena
                                                                                            King Taco (any location)
                                                                                            Oinkster in Eagle Rock
                                                                                            Genovese's Pizza in Alhambra
                                                                                            Carney's in West L.A.
                                                                                            Swingers in Santa Monica
                                                                                            Tommys (all locations)
                                                                                            La Estrella in Highland Park on York
                                                                                            The Redwood inn in Downtown

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                                                                                              FrugalDanny RE: ohdaylay Jan 30, 2009 07:40 PM

                                                                                              thank you

                                                                                              1. re: FrugalDanny
                                                                                                kevin RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                                                                arturo's home of the puffy taco in whittier.

                                                                                                the hat, of course.

                                                                                                stuffed sandwich in san gabriel.

                                                                                                where's hook'd on fish at?

                                                                                                ok, bask to the list:

                                                                                                tacos baja ensenada
                                                                                                nick's cofee shop
                                                                                                pita pocket
                                                                                                pita kitchen
                                                                                                chef's marilyn's place.
                                                                                                woody's bbq

                                                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                                                  FrugalDanny RE: kevin Jan 30, 2009 09:19 PM

                                                                                                  Hook'd On Fish
                                                                                                  17200 Ventura Boulevard
                                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                                  arturos hat stuffed put on greater la
                                                                                                  tacos Cole's nicks marilyn on la
                                                                                                  my crew is still working on the rest...

                                                                                                  1. re: kevin
                                                                                                    bfoster1970 RE: kevin Jan 31, 2009 03:49 PM

                                                                                                    Nick's Coffee Shop on Pico has been a favorite for breakfast for years.

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                                                                                                nosh RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 08:55 PM

                                                                                                Gotta add Diddy Riese in Westwood Village on Broxton. What is more comforting than three big cookies for a buck, or two with a milk? Or a fresh-made ice cream sandwich for barely more, or a big beef hotdog and a soda for two bucks?

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                                                                                                1. re: nosh
                                                                                                  FrugalDanny RE: nosh Jan 30, 2009 09:22 PM

                                                                                                  adding diddy to la

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                                                                                                    jay 1 RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                                                    so, how do i access this treasure map?

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                                                                                                      Servorg RE: jay 1 Jan 31, 2009 02:19 PM

                                                                                                      Link to it on his profile page

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                                                                                                  delishdonna RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 01:37 PM

                                                                                                  These are some of my favorites :
                                                                                                  Almandine...Wilshire Blvd. WLA
                                                                                                  Bay Cities...Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica
                                                                                                  French Market ...Abbott Kinney , Venice
                                                                                                  Asahi Ramen ...Sawtelle Blvd. WLA
                                                                                                  Taco Miendo...WLA..2 locations
                                                                                                  Urth Cafe ....Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
                                                                                                  Le Saigon,.. Santa Monica Blvd, WLA
                                                                                                  Skafs Grill ...Laurel Canyon, No Ho
                                                                                                  Hide Sushi....Sawtelle Blvd.,WLA
                                                                                                  Eat...Magnolia near Vineland, No Ho

                                                                                                  I have found the food at these places is consistently good, and better quality than most dives.

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                                                                                                  1. re: delishdonna
                                                                                                    FrugalDanny RE: delishdonna Jan 31, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                                                                    thank you mapped as many as i could some on la city map others on the outskirts of town (greater la)

                                                                                                  2. sbritchky RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                                                                    Here are some favorites and not-so-favorites not yet listed, but all have chowhound fans and should be mentioned:

                                                                                                    Bollini's Pizzeria (Monterey Park)
                                                                                                    La Casita Mexicana (Bell)
                                                                                                    Cassell's Hamburgers (LA)
                                                                                                    Gaffey Street Diner (San Pedro)
                                                                                                    Glacier Ice Cream (Manhattan Beach)
                                                                                                    Johnny Rebs' (Long Beach)
                                                                                                    Original Pancake House (Redondo)
                                                                                                    Tonny’s (Pasadena)

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                                                                                                    1. re: sbritchky
                                                                                                      FrugalDanny RE: sbritchky Jan 31, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                                                      thank you... able to map all except cassell's tonnys

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                                                                                                      bfoster1970 RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 03:56 PM

                                                                                                      These may not be cheap cheap but worth the extra money

                                                                                                      The Gardens of Taxco-West Hollywood (family owned and great food)
                                                                                                      VIP Harbour-West LA (Great Dim Sum & good food in general)
                                                                                                      Versaillas-West LA (I like the one on Pico the best)
                                                                                                      Kettle-Manhattan Beach (Cheap & great for breakfast/ local favorite)
                                                                                                      Rocky Cola-South bay (good after a night out and cheap)
                                                                                                      Izzy's Dinner-Santa Monica (Cheap and been there forever)
                                                                                                      Noshi Sushi-West LA (great sushi, cash only place)

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                                                                                                      1. re: bfoster1970
                                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: bfoster1970 Feb 1, 2009 01:30 PM

                                                                                                        thank you b foster these are great ones

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                                                                                                          broncosaurus RE: bfoster1970 Feb 1, 2009 11:18 PM

                                                                                                          Certainly wouldn't call VIP Harbour "great" dim sum. It's okay I suppose, but the late Royal Star was much better. So sorry to see them go out of business some years back.

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                                                                                                            bfoster1970 RE: broncosaurus Feb 2, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                                                                            If you want the real deal for Dim Sum then go to ABC Seafoods in China Town-Downtown. Very good and the real stuff bit getting down there can be a pain sometimes. I still think on the Westside VIP is the best.

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                                                                                                              broncosaurus RE: bfoster1970 Feb 2, 2009 06:55 PM

                                                                                                              CBS is just as good. I used to like Ocean Seafood but they seemed to have declined the last two times I visited.

                                                                                                              But for "the real stuff" forget these downtown joints...you have to go further east on the 10 where you'll find 888, NBC, Ocean Star, many others all much superior.

                                                                                                              1. re: broncosaurus
                                                                                                                FrugalDanny RE: broncosaurus Feb 2, 2009 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                the networks are opening their own food joints now? well why not, what with declining advertising revenue and the economy the way it is.... (:-D)

                                                                                                                thks i'll look at these tooo.

                                                                                                        2. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 05:46 PM

                                                                                                          not allowed to post a direct link on the thread. Mods have allowed me to put my site on my profile here. once there look down to right for Los Angeles City & Greater - Satellite Map at top of each as well as individual listings below..

                                                                                                          Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge

                                                                                                          Please keep feeding me

                                                                                                          1. Servorg RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                                                                            SFV gem. Vietnamese Vegetarian / Vegan and tofu factory.


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                                                                                                              FrugalDanny RE: Servorg Jan 31, 2009 06:17 PM

                                                                                                              thanks mapped

                                                                                                            2. kushnerom RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                                                                              Hmmm... I like eating cheap (but still eating good) so here are my favorite places around town:

                                                                                                              Tender Greens (soups, sandwiches, salads), Culver City (cheap for being healthy and gourmet)
                                                                                                              The Habit Burger, Torrance
                                                                                                              Ruen Pair, Thai Town
                                                                                                              Pho So 1 (vietnamese), Gardena
                                                                                                              Taro's Sushi & Teri (yes cheap sushi, but actually good), Culver City
                                                                                                              Samosa House (indian take-out and store), Culver City
                                                                                                              Rutt's Hawaiian (great breakfast place), Culver City

                                                                                                              Hope that helps!

                                                                                                              Everything Open 24 Hours

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                                                                                                              1. re: kushnerom
                                                                                                                FrugalDanny RE: kushnerom Jan 31, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                kush - i appreciate your help. I've sent my crew out to start working on your list...

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                                                                                                                  mstinawu RE: kushnerom Jul 9, 2010 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                  Habit is in El Segundo, too. I like the cheeseburger from In N Out better though The Habit has awesome onion rings.

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                                                                                                                  WSB RE: FrugalDanny Feb 3, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                  Heritage Family Pantry
                                                                                                                  2601 Carson St
                                                                                                                  Lakewood, CA 90712
                                                                                                                  (562) 421-1442

                                                                                                                  BIG EATS GET THE LA MARATHON

                                                                                                                  What's in it?
                                                                                                                  You get two French toast, three pancakes (with a generous amount of warm maple syrup and whipped butter), three eggs, two bacon, a sausage, a large piece of ham, and skillet fried potatoes ALL FOR $10.00

                                                                                                                  1. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                    My current Los Angeles Cheap Eats Comfort Restaurants Lists:

                                                                                                                    The Los Angeles Restaurants
                                                                                                                    101 Coffee Shop
                                                                                                                    ABC Seafood
                                                                                                                    Al and Bea's Mexican
                                                                                                                    Amandine Patissiere
                                                                                                                    Andre's Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Apple Pan
                                                                                                                    Astro Burger
                                                                                                                    Bernie's Teriyaki
                                                                                                                    Best Fish Taco
                                                                                                                    Brooklyn Bagel
                                                                                                                    Carneys Train
                                                                                                                    Chef Marilyn's
                                                                                                                    Chichen Itza
                                                                                                                    Cole's Original French Dip
                                                                                                                    Diddy Riese
                                                                                                                    Dino's Burgers
                                                                                                                    Eastside Market
                                                                                                                    El Chato Taco
                                                                                                                    Fisherman's Outlet Seafood
                                                                                                                    Gallegos Mexican Deli
                                                                                                                    Gardens of Taxco
                                                                                                                    Griddle Cafe
                                                                                                                    Guelaguetza Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Hook'd On Fish
                                                                                                                    Howard's Big Burger
                                                                                                                    Huarache Azteca Restaurante
                                                                                                                    In-N-Out Burger
                                                                                                                    Juanito's Tamales
                                                                                                                    King Taco Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Langer's Delicatessen & Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Le Saigon
                                                                                                                    Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe
                                                                                                                    Monte Alban Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Nick's Coffee Shop & Deli
                                                                                                                    Original Tommy's
                                                                                                                    Pete's Blue Chip
                                                                                                                    Philippe The Original
                                                                                                                    Phillips Barbecue
                                                                                                                    Pinches Tacos
                                                                                                                    Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                    Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles
                                                                                                                    Senor Fish
                                                                                                                    Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe
                                                                                                                    Taco's Baja Ensenada
                                                                                                                    Tere's Mexican Grill
                                                                                                                    Versailles Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Vito's Pizza

                                                                                                                    The Greater Los Angeles Metro Restaurants:

                                                                                                                    Fosselmans Ice Cream
                                                                                                                    Genovese's Pizza

                                                                                                                    Moffetts Chicken Pie

                                                                                                                    La Casita Mexicana

                                                                                                                    Bob's Big Boy

                                                                                                                    Les Sisters Southern Kitchen
                                                                                                                    Munch Box

                                                                                                                    Culver City
                                                                                                                    Rutts Hawaiian Cafe
                                                                                                                    Tito's Tacos Mexican Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Tender Greens

                                                                                                                    Bob's Hawaiian Style Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Bruddah's Hawaiian Foods
                                                                                                                    Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop
                                                                                                                    Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi

                                                                                                                    Porto's Bakery

                                                                                                                    Donut Man

                                                                                                                    Hermosa Beach
                                                                                                                    Big Mike's Philly Steaks Subs

                                                                                                                    Randy's Donuts

                                                                                                                    Long Beach
                                                                                                                    Bake 'n Broil
                                                                                                                    Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

                                                                                                                    Coogies Beach Cafe
                                                                                                                    Malibu Fish Seafood

                                                                                                                    Manhattan Beach
                                                                                                                    Back Home In Lahaina
                                                                                                                    Glacier Ice Cream

                                                                                                                    North Hollywood
                                                                                                                    Skaf's Grill

                                                                                                                    Brent's Delicatessen Restaurant

                                                                                                                    Pie'n Burger

                                                                                                                    Redondo Beach
                                                                                                                    El Burrito Jr
                                                                                                                    Original Pancake House

                                                                                                                    San Gabriel
                                                                                                                    Stuffed Sandwich

                                                                                                                    Santa Monica
                                                                                                                    Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                                                                                    Gilbert's El Indio Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Rae's Restaurant

                                                                                                                    Studio City

                                                                                                                    Van Nuys
                                                                                                                    Mom's Bar Be Cue House
                                                                                                                    Nat's Early Bite

                                                                                                                    Arturo's Puffy Taco

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                                                                                                                    1. re: FrugalDanny
                                                                                                                      Will Owen RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                      Re: Culver City - is S&W not to your liking? If it weren't surrounded nowadays with so many compelling if fancier joints (such as Le Saint Amour - is duck confit not comfort food?) I'd go almost nowhere else in CC.

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                                                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: Will Owen Dec 21, 2009 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                        Hi Will - with that endorsement how I can not be liking it...it sounds "mighty comforting" (:-D) ... do you mind me using your quote and name on the page I will be creating...

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                                                                                                                        kevin RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                        sounds lilke a great list.

                                                                                                                      3. westsidegal RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                        in santa monica, the HUNGRY POCKET
                                                                                                                        on pico across the street from santa monica college.
                                                                                                                        terrific, fresh falafal sandwiches
                                                                                                                        some of the best homemade hot sauce in town

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                                                                                                                          paprkutr RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                          I love your list and want to thank you for putting it together. A lot of the restaurants I already know, but there are some that I don't. Did you post anywhere the addresses of the restaurants? I would like to try some. TIA

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                                                                                                                            FrugalDanny RE: paprkutr Dec 21, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                            Kevin and paprkutr - thanks....my profile has my website link...from there look for the LA page links....there will a page with detail for each place...

                                                                                                                            westsidegal - i'll certainly check hungry pocket out - thks

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                                                                                                                            hotelie92 RE: FrugalDanny Jul 10, 2010 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                            Tito's Tacos

                                                                                                                            Tito's Tacos
                                                                                                                            11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

                                                                                                                            1. hnsbmg RE: FrugalDanny Jul 10, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                              You can't do better than the little cochinita pibil burrito at Yuca's ($3.50). It's beautiful and deliciously juicy.

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                                                                                                                                rahnsibley RE: FrugalDanny Aug 11, 2010 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                El Abajeno on Inglewood and Culver in Mar Vista. There carnitas taquitos are amazing. I have been going there for at least thirty years, it is a must try

                                                                                                                                El Abajeno
                                                                                                                                4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

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