Ahmanson theater funky good eats
agree with wurtskuche - great place.
nickel diner - http://www.5cdiner.com/index.html - (i don't know if they serve it at dinner - but the fifth & main is great)
spitz - http://www.eatatspitz.com/ (doner kebab)
redwood - http://www.theredwoodbar.com/site08/h... (they have great clam chowder)
and little tokyo has tons of cheap sushi, curry, shabu shabu, and ramen places.