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Nov 16, 2009 10:37 AM

Cheapest Sushi in LA?

Where are the cheapest sushi joints in town? As a broke college kid, quality isn't as important for me. Two places I go to:

1. Fat Fish (Happy Hour all plates 1/2 off, and after 8pm $2 all plates)
2. Sushi Mac (All sushi plates $3)

Fat Fish
3300 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Sushi Mac
8474 W 3rd St Ste 106, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. there are 2 things one should never bargain shop for:

    1.) birth control
    2.) fish

    3 Replies
    1. re: Jelly71

      Funny. I would also add..parachutes.

      1. re: Jelly71

        There's nothing wrong with cheap sushi, because all the fish except tuna comes out of a freezer. As long as the restaurant has cold storage, a band saw, and bowls of revitalizing warm water, it should be street legal and ready for business. Of course, so was the Edsel, but the kid said he didn't care about quality.

        I think most sushi fans know all that. If you want details, send small children from the room and read:

        1. re: Harry Nile

          i actually ate at sushi mac once.
          the fish was VILE.
          dunno if it was vile because it was from sushi mac or whether it was vile because it was cheap.

      2. I'm REALLY leery of "bargain sushi", and particularly AAYE sushi, but, Gen's table-service lunch special (get there early, and expect to wait if you don't) and Noshi are the only "sushi bargains" that I trust consistently, though I note that Octopus (downtown) has a "50% off" weekday sushi lunch list...

        1. Cheap fish - $3 a plate.

          ER visit for gastroenteritis - $a lot more.

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          1. Lighthouse Buffet in Santa Monica (Arizona @ 2nd) used to be AYCE for around $20, which included sushi. I haven't been there for six or eight years, though, so the price has probably gone up a bit.

            I only mention it because you said, "quality isn't as important for me". Fair warning.

            Lighthouse Buffet
            201 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            1. You Hounds are pretty funny!
              Seriously -- for just a moment -- some good sushi can be found at certain markets. Look for the stores that make it fresh every day. Bristol Farms is quite good and not too expensive for the quality. Also, there is a Ralph's Fresh Fare supermarket in Westlake Village (I can vouch only for that particular store, but perhaps others make it fresh as well) that has really good boxed sushi at good prices; it can be made to order or you can purchase it from their fresh case. Gelson's sushi is good, too!