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Inexpensive in Mid-City/Miracle Mile

Hi all,

Looking for inexpensive places to eat dinner within a 3 mile radius of La Brea and Wilshire, preferably somewhere that serves inexpensive alcohol as well. Any type of cuisine is fine.


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  1. I don't know how inexpensive you are looking for but Luna Park Has a blue plate special (for food and drinks) going on Sun-Thursday nights.


    1. depending on what time dinner is the Farmer's Market on 3rd & Fairfax has all types of food and a couple of bars.
      There's also Sake House on La Brea

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      1. re: bad nono

        I second Sake House, awesome underrated little joint with a fun atmosphere.

        Sake House Miro
        809 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      2. Umami Burger. No alcohol but I've heard BYOB is okay.

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          Just had dinner had Umami tonight and I second the recommendation. That Port & Stilton burger is a thing of beauty, and the onion rings are heavenly.

          1. re: Bob Brooks

            Second. I had their Pork Belly burger recently, and every time I eat a burger there, I am just overwhelmed with how good it is. This is better than their Triple pork burger. I wish they'd bring back the Mid-Eastern burger though.

            1. re: mdpilam

              Hey, I asked about the Lamb burger when I was there, and I was told they still do it but as a special.

          2. Also, don't know if you're cool with taco trucks, but my favorite: El Chato parks on La Brea and Olympic (should be there after 8pm, but lately I've noticed them not getting going til 9pm). Very cheap and delicious eats though.

            1. I recommend Larchmont. There's a few options like Cafe du Village,Bottega and Girasole. They are all byo, no corking fee.

              1. Might consider Tom Bergin's
                Or Golden State (beer only)
                Or 8 oz. which has pretty good prices on beer and cocktails.

                Tom Bergin's Restaurant
                840 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Table 8
                7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                The Golden State
                426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. if you want really cheap that serves cheap beer (i think they have a beer on special every month that is $1.50), what about wahoo's on crescent and wilshire? it's not necessarily a foodie spot but i've always liked that place.

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                  1. re: Clyde

                    This would be Crescent Heights and Wilshire, not to be confused with Crescent Drive in bev Hills. Good suggestion, dinner with a discounted beer at Wahoo would run you $10 or so.

                    Also at the $10 mark with no beer served is BCD Tofu House at Wilshire near Carondolet, good Korean hotpot varieties for $10, they also have more elaborate options for higher prices and they are open 24hrs.

                    1. At exactly three miles, you'll find Cassell's Hamburgers, which could work if you're 80 years old and eat dinner by 4 p.m. so that you can rush home to watch Devo and Depeche Mode on VH-1 Remembers the Eighties. The cheap alcohol you want will come in a brown bag at your favorite liquor store in the neighborhood -- stop there first!

                      (Thanks for giving me this opportunity to force myself to go back to a great old-time Los Angeles place that I haven't been to in years but which is aggravatingly praised and criticized here and elsewhere. I'll report the experience.)

                      Cassell's Hamburgers
                      3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                      1. It's not much for ambience, but Chulada Grill at San Vicente and Hauser has good Mexican with some Oaxacan specialities. www.chuladagrill.com

                        Two of Guelaguetza's locations are within or just at the end of the limits of your radius. The food is relatively inexpensive, and they have very good drinks. http://www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com/

                        Pretty much all of Koreatown is within your radius. I am not familiar enough with the restaurants, but I'm sure some other people can offer suggestions.

                        3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                        3337 1/2 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                        Chulada Grill
                        5607 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                        1. Pipers is a nice 24 hr coffee shop. It is Korean owned with many good American dishes.
                          It is 24 hrs. Location--222 N. Western Avenue, at Beverly Blvd. and Western. Adjacent to Pipers the owners have built a new restaurant that serves all Korean food. I believe they close that section at 1:00 a.m. On the Pipers side they serve great soups, salads and sandwiches. Oh, and on the Korean side they have a full bar. www.pipersrestaurant.net

                          1. i have a thing for cafe verona on la brea and 2nd street..right next to the econo lube oil change place.