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May 23, 2009 07:45 PM

101 Cheap Eats

LA Magazine's 101 Cheap Eats is really 108, once they added Pinks and Tommy's. Whatever. Looks like if your restaurant was listed in the phonebook, they added you to the list.

The only one I object to is Skaf's North Hollywood where I was literally served shoe leather on dry rice for 8 dollars.

1. 101 Noodle Express, Alhambra
2. 8 Oz Burger Bar, LA
3. Atch-Kotch, Hollywood
4. Atlacatl, LA
5. Baby Blues BBQ, West Hollywood
6. Bay Cities Italian Deli, Santa Monica
7. Beverly Soon Tofu, Koreatown
8. Big Wangs, Hollywood
9. Bill’s Hamburgers, Van Nuys
10. Blue Ocean Seafood, Alhambra
11. Brent’s Deli, Northridge
12. Bua Siam, North Hollywood
13. Café Brasil, Culver City
14. Casa Bianca, Eagle rock
15. Cemitas Poblanas Jrs. Taco Truck, East LA
16. Chef Marilyn’s Soul Food Express, West Adams
17. Clifton’s Cafeteria, Downtown
18. Colori Kitchen, Downtown
19. Cook’s Tortas, Monterey Park
20. Dino’s Chicken and Burgers, LA
21. Dumpling 10053, El Monte
22. Ed’s Coffee Shop, West Hollywood
23. El 7 Mares, Silver Lake
24. El Baron De Centro America, Mid City
25. El Huarache Azteca, Highland Park
26. El Parian, LA
27. El Pique Taco Truck, Highland Park
28. El Ranchito Taco Truck, El Sereno
29. El Rincon Criollo, Culver City
30. El Tepeyac, East LA
31. Fiesta Sa Barrio, Eagle Rock
32. Flossies, Torrance
33. Garage Pizza, Silver Lake
34. Giang Nan, Monterey Park
35. Golden Deli, San Gabriel
36. Great Western Steak and Hogie, Venice
37. Grub, Hollywood
38. Havana Mania, Redondo Beach
39. Holy Cow Indian Express, LA
40. Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken, Culver City
41. Ikea (.99 cent Breakfast), Burbank
42. Jasmine Market, Culver City
43. JNJ Burgers and BarBQue, West Adams
44. Joe’s Pizza, Santa Monica
45. Kobawoo House, Koreatown
46. Korean Dumpling, Koreatown
47. La Caridad, Filipinotown
48. La Casita Mexicana, Bell
49. La Morenita Oaxaquena, Koreatown
50. Langer’s Deli, McArthur Park
51. Let’s Be Frank (hot dogs), Culver City
52. Let’s Be Frank, Culver City
53. Little Belize, Inglewood
54. Little Dom’s, Los Feliz
55. Los Balcones Del Peru, Hollywood
56. Lucky Boy (Breakfast Burrito), Pasadena
57. Lum-Ka-Naad, Northridge
58. M Café De Chaya, Culver City
59. Mario’s Italian Deli and Market, Glendale
60. Mariscos Jalisco Taco Truck, Boyle Heights
61. Mi Teresita Taco Truck, East Hollywood
62. Moles La Tia, East LA
63. Nagila Pizza, LA
64. Nanbankan, West LA
65. Nickel Diner, downtown
66. Nyala, Fairfax District
67. Original Pantry Café, Downtown
68. Original Tommy’s (hot dogs), Everywhere
69. Otafuku, Gardena
70. Pann’s Restaurant
71. PapaCristo’s, LA
72. Philippe The Original, Downtown
73. Phillps, Leimert Park
74. Pho79, Alhambra
75. Pie n Burger, Pasadena
76. Pinks (hot dogs), Hollywood
77. Pollo A La Brasa, Koreatown
78. Rambo’s Taco Truck, Eagle Rock
79. Renu Nakorn, Norwalk
80. Romero’s, Koreatown
81. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Pasadena
82. Ruen Pari, Hollywood
83. Shamshiri Grill, LA
84. Shin-Sen-Gumi, Gardena
85. Skaf’s Grill, North Hollywood--awful! Glendale
86. Skooby’s (hot dogs)Hollywood
87. Taco Jeesy’s Taco Truck, East LA
88. Tacos Baja, East LA, everywhere
89. Tacos y Mariscos G.G. Taco Truck, Echo Park
90. Tara’s Himilayan, Palms
91. Tashkent Produce, Valley Village
92. Tasty Garden, Arcadia
93. The Loft, Torrance
94. The Park, Echo Park
95. Tigeorge’s Chicken, Echo Park
96. Tito’s Tacos, Culver City
97. Umami Burger, LA
98. Uncle Darrow’s, Marina Del Rey
99. Veggie Grill, El Segundo
100. Viet Noodle Bar, Atwater Village
101. Vito’s Pizza
102. Wako Tonkatsu, Koreatown
103. Wat Thai Temple ($1 satay), North Hollywood
104. Woodlands, Artesia
105. Wurskuche (hot dogs), Downtown
106. Yun Chuan Garden, Monterey Park
107. Yunnan Garden, San Gabriel
108. Zankou Chicken, Everywhere

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  1. I've been to Skaf's Grill in North Hollywood 4 or 5 times in the last few months, had Lamb Kabobs or Chops which were always perfectly cooked medium rare as ordered and everything from entrees to side dishes was very tasty. Combine that with the friendly service and reasonable prices, sorry you don't like it but I'm going back! Thanks DU!!!

    Skaf's Grill
    6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

    1. I've had the burgers at Bill's in Van Nuys (#9 above); the stand is cute, reminiscent of burger stands in the downtown area, where I always eat whenever I have jury duty.

      Bill's is OK but could be so much better...a rather pedestrian burger if you ask me.

      But Bill is cool and I hope he sticks around for awhile.


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      1. re: CucumberBoy

        i do not understand why pie and burger is in cheap eats. that place is actually pretty pricey for what you get. that burg should be 4-5 bucks top.

      2. Besides the questionable inclusion of chains, I object to including the Loft while excluding Bruddahs in Gardena; the latter is cheaper and better.
        Flossies is OK but you don't get out of there for less than $10.

        1. I wouldn't consider a lot of these places "cheap." Brent's? Balcones? Grub?

          And is Wat Thai still doing the food thing?

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          1. re: lil mikey

            Mikey, don't know whether you caught this LA Times Food Section story the other day about Thai food vendors setting up stalls in an effort to bring back some of the elements/feelings of Wat Thai or not? I posted this on the Media Food News board (link below) to keep things where they belong.


            1. re: Servorg

              I missed that. Thank you.

              There is a similar setup in the covered parking lot behind the Thai market in Thai town on weekends.... 4-5 different freshly-cooked items to choose from.

              But the one in NoHo looks interesting enough for a visit, too. Thanks.

          2. Some of these places listed may represent good value for what they serve, but they don't belong on a list of CHEAP eats. I would scratch Langer's, Moles La Tia and the Original Pantry.

            I would add to the list Yuca's on Hillhurst, El Atacor on N. Figueroa and Troy's Burgers on York Boulevard, And some of the food stalls in the Grand Central Market should also qualify.