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$25 for 2 -dinner challenge

$25 for 2 including tip. No alcohol (but a bonus if BYOB and no charge)...we can share a plate if the sizes will allow.

Obviously we are looking for those little hidden joints, cafes, taco stands, pho cafes. The decor will not be stellar and we are fine with that.

We are willing to travel. Boundries are - Hollywood to the East, Culver City to the South, Santa Monica to the West and we would go to Ventura Blvd if we had to for a Northern boundry.

We eat just about everything. Not big red meat eaters, but every now and again a burger is just what we need,

I welcome your suggestions

Thanks in advance.

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  1. You can do this at almost any korean restaurant in korea town. The fix in silver lake has a good turkey burger not red meat.

      1. falafal sandwiches at the hungry pocket on pico across the street from smc.
        you can also get fresh squeezed juice there.
        amazingly inexpensive.
        be SURE to taste some of their homemade picquante red sauce, it is the best in town.

        also, ask for your preference of bread: whole wheat pita or white. imho, the whole wheat tastes better.

        1. you can split the huge appetizer platter at shamshiri grill and you will actually have enough food for two for dinner.

          it is served with their hot-from-the-oven homemade flat bread.

          the platter is about $13 as i recall.

          1. everything at taqueria sanchez will meet your requirements--they are on centinela north of culver blvd (mar vista).
            they close early, though.

            1. I think they are on the net but Anna's Italian Restaurant on Pico should fill the bill. Call and ask for prices if they are not listed on Google.

              1. Il Capriccio Pizza near the Vista theater. I split a salad and a pizza with my friend. It's BYOB.

                1. Pizza, salad and free dessert at Spumoni Sherman Oaks. YUM! http://www.spumonirestaurants.com/

                  1. Just about any SGV Asian place of whatever flavor. We've eaten ourselves silly at 888, Full House, Har Lam Kee, Chung King, Vietnam and all like that for at or under $10 apiece, so long as we stick with tea.

                    1. Not really a challenge for what you're asking.

                      LA Chinatown several places two of you can get out for $25 including tip and tax and have lots to eat.

                      Sam Woo Bar-B-Que Restaurant
                      803 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      Won Kok Restaurant
                      210 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      Zen Mei Bistro
                      800 Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      1. Out of your geographical range, but you can both eat like kings for under $25 in many small to medium San Gabriel Valley restaurants. Kang Kang Shau May on Garfield (near Garvey) comes to mind...

                        1. The Park ..in Echo Park on Sunset. It's BYOB no corkage fee and great food.

                          The Park
                          1400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                          3 Replies
                          1. re: megs8

                            Unfortunately,The Park no longer allows BYOB. They got into some issues with the ABC and are currently waiting for a license.

                            1. re: JeMange

                              Oh no :( not even with a corkage fee???????

                              1. re: Ben7643

                                If you don't have a license you can't allow corkage.

                          2. Siam Cabin Cuisine for Thai on Ventura in Sherman Oaks. If you're in the area, they even offer free (and fast) delivery! Pretty nice for a thai place! You can get 2 entrees and an appetizer for about $25.


                            1. Gaby's on Venice - BYOB and a nice atmosphere all for less than $25.

                              1. Village Pizzaria (Larchmont, also Yucca, both in Hollywood), split a 14" pepperoni, and a bottle of Anchor Steam apiece, for about $19. Plenty leftover for a tip and a cupcake from Crumbs (if you are at the Larchmont location).

                                1. how about tender greens in culver city? $10/person gets you:
                                  - a hot plate with steak/chicken/tuna/veggies, mashed potatoes and side salad
                                  - sandwich with the above meats + side salad

                                  if you order water you should be out of there for $25 including tax and tip. not the most adventurous food in the world, but i've been satisfied whenever i've eaten there.

                                  also, i think two people could easily eat in koreatown for $25. off the top of my head you can either get
                                  - tofu soup at Beverly Soon or the place across the street (Sokongdong)
                                  - yuk ge jang (beef soup) at E Moon Oak
                                  each of those is less than $10/person and delicious.

                                  Tender Greens
                                  9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                  E-Moon Oak Restaurant
                                  869 S Western Ave Ste 5, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                                  Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
                                  2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                  1. http://www.thepitakitchen.com/

                                    Also, on their press page are a list of good cheap places to eat.
                                    How about Pinks Hot Dogs? I know it's a little...played out but a golden oldie none the less.

                                    1. for vegetarian indian food, SAMOSA HOUSE on washington blvd and berryman (west of the 405)

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                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        Westsidegal, I have always been meaning to try Samosa House. Is this the spot that looks rather modern from the outside and painted green or so IIRC.. Thanks..

                                        1. re: Foodandwine

                                          i don't think it looks modern, it looks like a little indian market (which, actually, it is). it is on washington blvd near berryman. it is, as i recall, the only restaurant on that block.

                                          Bharat Bazaar and Samosa House (Vegetarian Restaurant)
                                          11510 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles California 90066

                                          if you go there, be sure to ask if they are serving their delicious mango/banana/pistachio soup. for some reason that i can't understand, they never post a sign--you just have to know to ask. also, try the curried jackfruit (something that the other local indian restaurants never seem to make).

                                          also, know that this place is VERY informal--the food is served on paper plates.

                                          still, imho, the seasoning/spices they use are superior to those used at the competition. to me, their food is MUCH more flavorful--not necessarily hotter, but it has flavors that are more complex and deep.

                                        2. re: westsidegal

                                          ooh i just drove by this place on saturday during a failed trip to the DMV. i thought it seemed cool but was unsure of an indian resto in a neighborhood that doesn't appear to have a high indian population. i'll definitely try it out next time i'm out that way!

                                        3. Gloria's Cafe
                                          10227 Venice Blvd (At Vinton Ave)
                                          Los Angeles 90034
                                          (310) 838-0963

                                          Gloria's Cafe
                                          10227 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034