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Jun 12, 2009 11:39 AM

Best Deals for good eats under $5 person

Yea I like to eat out, but also cheap eats thats good

you can only have so many $1.50 Costo/Sams club hot dogs, Tommys/In OUt burgers,

some good places for Chinese lunch specials ? something that will actually fill you up

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  1. You don't say where you're at.

    Falafel sandwich at Top Falafel (6424 1/4 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood) - $4

    Vietnamese sandwiches at any Banh Mi Che Cali branch - $2.25-$2.50 each, buy two get one free

    Bowl of pho at any pho shop not located in a fancy part of town - $5

    Bowl of hand-pulled noodle beef soup at Ma Lan Noodle in Hacienda Heights - $5

    If you can read Thai -- or if you are adventurous enough to just point at a bunch of squiggles on a sheet of paper and hope for the best -- Bua Siam and Sunshine Thai and Swan Thai on Sherman Way in North Hollywood have $2.50 items (it has been a couple of years since I did this, I now live in OC, so your mileage may vary).

    Several pieces of dim sum from MHL Bakery in Monterey Park, Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, Yum Cha Cafe in San Gabriel, or BBQ Unlimited in East Hollywood or North Hollywood -- $0.50 to $1 each.

    Com tam ("broken" rice plate) with three toppings at Com Tam Thuan Kieu in Rosemead/San Gabriel, or Westminster, or Garden Grove - $5.50 (OK, 10% over, sorry)

    Matambre sandwich at El Gaucho #2 in Anaheim - $5.50 (also over, sorry)

    Ceviche tostada (like a pint plus of ceviche plus two tostadas) at Mariscos Los Mochis in Anaheim - $4.95

    Two or three tacos at any of a hundred taco trucks (check Bandini's Taco Hunt blog) - $1-$2 each


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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I never fail to be amazed at Das Ubergeek's (a) excellent taste (b) encyclopedic knowledge an (c) amazing memory. As always, thanks.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        You are amazing. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge.

      2. Howzabout India Sweet & Spices - $4.99 gets you 2 sides with rice and a mango lassi. naan and pickles too. Definitely fills you up.

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        1. re: Lynndsey Rigberg

          The whole way to lunch I kept thinking up other things -- and this was one of them. This is a DEFINITE recommend, but the best one is on Topanga Canyon and Sherman Way in Canoga Park.

          Also, a quarter chicken and two sides at any of a dozen Peruvian or Mexican rotisserie chicken places -- Super Pollo, Pollo Mundial a la Lena, Pollo a la Brasa, Juan Pollo, King Pollo...

          Most of the menu at any Zankou Chicken is in the $5-$7 range... mmmm, garlic sauce...

          Two fish or shrimp tacos, chips and salsa, all the blistered chiles gueros you want, carrots en escabeche, radishes and a small drink at El Taco Nazo (several locations) or Senor Baja (ditto), $5 or so.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Also the Senor Baja has $1 taco specials, that aren't listed on the menu (at least the one near me does.) I can't remember if it is Mon/Tue/Wed or Tue/Wed/Thu, but first night is hard shell beef tacos, next night is the soft tortilla fried fish taco, next night are potato tacos.


            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              IMO, Pollo ala Brasa at Victory and Kester makes better chicken than Zankou. I think they serve up a chicken plate for $4.99

              Rigo's Tacos has burritos for $4.99. You can get al pastor, carne asada, sesos, buche, barbacoa, and yes even chicken.

            2. re: Lynndsey Rigberg

              The samosas there are awesome. I think you can get two for less than five bucks, can't remember. Every time I go there I just place my order, pay what ever they ask and go home and enjoy what are possibly the best samosas in L.A.

              1. re: ohdaylay

                Concur. These are the samosas by which I judge all others.

            3. There are tons of $3.99 or $4.99 lunch deals in Thai and Chinese places like President Thai in Pasadena, almost all the Chinese restaurants in SGV, etc
              There's $1 daily special at Bamboodles in San Gabriel.

              And like Das Ubergeek says, a bowl of pho is $5 almost everywhere in SGV.

              During happy hour, you can get a pizza at Pitfire Pizza for $5 (50% off).

              If you're constrained to a certain area then let us know.

              Also, you might want to check out

              1. falafal sandwich at hungry pocket on pico near 17th in santa monica.

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                1. re: westsidegal

                  Chicken burrito (any burrito, actually) at Tacos Guerrero downtown (8th & Broadway) $4 out the door; they don't even HAVE a tip jar. Not a bunch of dried out processed "grilled chicken breast" either ; nice stewy chicken (sorta like chicken machaca) cooked with peppers,etc., Horchata would add $1,25.

                2. there are a ton of things you can buy for under $5 at taqueria sanchez on centinela.