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Favorite Meal Under $10?

Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 06:35 PM

Saw this on another board thought it would be a great topic here.

And I could use some great new bargain eats.

Let's say under $10... tax and tip NOT included.

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    ns1 RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 06:54 PM

    special pork shio ramen @ santouka

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      wienermobile RE: ns1 Mar 20, 2010 07:58 PM

      Salt ramen at Santouka

      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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        lil mikey RE: ns1 Sep 13, 2010 08:49 PM

        Regular shio ramen set with pork. It's a generous bowl of salt ramen, complete with slices and chunks of very tender pork. Alongside is a bowl of rice with tender grilled pork over the top. And you also get a marinated hard boiled egg on the side. For all of it, you pay about $10. There is free water alongside.

        Torrance, Costa Mesa, West LA
        In the Mitsuwa marketplaces

        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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          ns1 RE: lil mikey Aug 27, 2012 09:49 AM

          Interestingly enough, I have never tried the rice bowl with pork. The hard boiled egg on the side...I'm actually no longer inclined to buy.

      2. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:21 PM

        anything on the menu at taqueria sanchez on centinela.

        1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:24 PM

          any of the weekday lunch specials at shamshiri grill

          1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024

          1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:25 PM

            the falafal sandwich at the Hungry Pocket in santa monica.
            (actually, this is less than $5)

            Hungry Pocket
            1715 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

            1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:26 PM

              the weekday lunch buffet served at Jaipur on pico in west LA.

              1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:26 PM

                the combination meal served at samosa house

                1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:27 PM

                  the combiination meal served at bawarchi

                  1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:29 PM

                    any of the sandwiches or salad combination plates served at M cafe de chaya

                    1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:30 PM

                      any of the omelets served at Sauce on Hampton

                      1. J.L. RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:33 PM

                        8 separate posts in rapid succession, westsidegal?

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                          westsidegal RE: J.L. Mar 20, 2010 07:44 PM

                          as i thought about the subject, more and more kept coming to mind.
                          each time i posted, i thought "that's all" but then i thought of more.
                          i eat out everyday, so budgetary issues are important to me.

                          i'll stop if it's bothering you.

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                            ns1 RE: westsidegal Mar 20, 2010 07:53 PM

                            alternatively, there is an edit button ;)

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                              nachosaurus RE: westsidegal Mar 20, 2010 08:11 PM

                              omg. ewww.

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                                monku RE: westsidegal Mar 20, 2010 09:54 PM

                                Your proclivity is showing...

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                                  J.L. RE: westsidegal Mar 20, 2010 10:16 PM

                                  Not at all! You're a very enthusiastic hound - I like that.

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                                    westsidegal RE: J.L. Mar 21, 2010 10:33 PM

                                    the topic of this thread would be my one of strongest JEOPARDY categories if i were to play. .

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                                      J.L. RE: westsidegal Mar 22, 2010 12:02 AM

                                      "I'll take 'Broke but Hungry on the Westside' for $400, Alex..."

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                                        Ciao Bob RE: westsidegal Mar 26, 2010 10:45 AM

                                        That's so funny, I was thinking that you "ran the category" as I read it, and I heard Alex saying, "Nicely done, westsidegal!"

                                2. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:33 PM

                                  the veggie burger served at the counter in el segundo.
                                  any of the dishes on the FROM THE WOK section of the menu at AYARA THAI CUISINE.

                                  1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 07:36 PM

                                    3 slices of pizza at abbots pizza in venice
                                    any of the lunch specials served at THAI BOOM (they serve their lunch specials all day till closing)

                                    1. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 08:06 PM

                                      Hickory Burger and fries at The Apple Pan.

                                      Apple Pan
                                      10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                        LuluTheMagnificent RE: wienermobile Mar 21, 2010 07:08 AM

                                        that's not under $10 is it?

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                                          wienermobile RE: LuluTheMagnificent Mar 21, 2010 09:23 AM

                                          Hickory Burger with Cheese $6.70, fries $2.

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                                            Mr Taster RE: wienermobile Mar 22, 2010 12:06 PM

                                            The Apple Pan's slogan should be "Inflation Forever!"

                                            In-N-Out burger with your own added BBQ sauce, $2.

                                            Mr Taster

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                                              LuluTheMagnificent RE: Mr Taster Mar 26, 2010 07:17 AM

                                              Is the steak burger the same price? I always avoid AP because for some reason I think it's over $10.

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                                                ipsedixit RE: LuluTheMagnificent Mar 26, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                I believe the steak burger is about the same price as the hickory burger, definitely no more than $7.

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                                                  taiwanesesmalleats RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2010 11:39 AM

                                                  It's slightly cheaper, by 50 cents or something.

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                                                    kevin RE: ipsedixit Mar 27, 2010 12:37 PM

                                                    burger, fries, and a soda with tax and tip will run you at least 15 bucks.

                                        2. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 08:12 PM

                                          49'er Flap Jacks at The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach.

                                          Original Pancake House
                                          1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                                            orythedog RE: wienermobile Mar 24, 2010 02:00 PM

                                            BRAVO wienermobile BRAVO. The 49'ers are indeed $6.95 and a very good choice.

                                          2. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 08:21 PM

                                            Italian Beef sandwich with cheese and sweet peppers at Portillo's.

                                            Portillo's Hot Dogs
                                            8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

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                                              bsquared2 RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 09:16 PM

                                              4 Banh Mi sandwiches from Banh Mi Che Cali. I would give the "free" ones to a friend.

                                              I could probably think of 8 more ideas, but I am still full after the 4 sandwiches.

                                              1. flylice2x RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 09:46 PM

                                                Hokaido AYCE Lunch Buffett Long Bch and Mr. Lee's BBQ House in Artesia, both under 10 bucks...

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                                                  happybaker RE: Jennalynn Mar 20, 2010 09:49 PM

                                                  Zankou chicken, with garlic sauce and pita. Yum! (Also Alwazir, the half chicken if you are in Hollywood. Chicken and rice pilaf and a salad and garl,ic sauce and pita for $6 - last I ordered.)

                                                  Going into Yum Cha Cafe and coming out with more shrimp dumplings than I can eat in a day for way less than $10. (Not the most elegant dim sum, but very decent and cheap.)

                                                  Going to Portos in Glendale - or burbank - getting a sandwich (cuban, roast pork with garlic and lime or the tomato and feta), fried plantains and a coffee for less than 7 dollars. Leaving me plenty of change for baked goods to take home!

                                                  Philippes downtown. Love the sandwiches, killer mustard and cheap coffee.

                                                  Vinh Lo Tofu in reseda - everything is under $10 and is GREAT.


                                                  Fortune Inn in Glendale or Hu's on the westside for their lunch specials.

                                                  Oh and q-cina in north hollywood has lots of truly tasty stuff for under $10.


                                                  Maybe we need to make this more location specific? Because luckily and happily, this town has tons of good cheap eats :


                                                  Fortune Inn
                                                  117 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

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                                                    degustateur RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 01:58 AM

                                                    10 tacos at Omana's in either South El Monte or Pomona, including tax! Choice of adobada, asada, buches, cabeza, camarones, carnitas, chicharron, frijoles, pescado or tripas.

                                                    Enough for three meals.

                                                    All damn good!

                                                    1050 W Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

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                                                      OCSteve RE: degustateur Mar 22, 2010 07:56 AM

                                                      YES! I used to have an office across the street from there years ago. Man, I miss that place. Back then, the only drink they offered was orange soda.

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                                                      bulavinaka RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                      Just about any standard meal in the San Gabriel Valley.

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                                                        monku RE: bulavinaka Mar 21, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                        What is a "standard meal"?
                                                        You mean their lunch specials?

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                                                          bulavinaka RE: monku Mar 21, 2010 07:25 AM

                                                          I consider a standard meal to be a typical breakfast, lunch or dinner meal that the average SGV eater would have. Most dim sum places, noodle houses, dumpling places, banh mi, HK cafes, Taiwanese cafes, congee places, etc.

                                                          noodle house
                                                          46 W Las Tunas Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007

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                                                            monku RE: bulavinaka Mar 21, 2010 07:28 AM

                                                            Got it.

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                                                              bulavinaka RE: monku Mar 21, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                              No Hong Kong-style seafood extravaganzas or Beijing duck courses in this category. :)

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                                                          soto i am RE: bulavinaka Mar 21, 2010 11:23 AM

                                                          Specifics? as per O.P. (Favorite Meal Under $10? )
                                                          see "westsidegal" e.g. heh

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                                                            bulavinaka RE: soto i am Mar 21, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                            Can't promise a rapid-fire version of Westside gal's barrage of <$10 delights, but here's some recent ones:

                                                            - Xiao long bao and leek pork dumpling at Dean Sin World
                                                            - Pork rice ball, peanut w/ seaweed, and noodle dish w/ bamboo, tofu (name?) at Dean Sin World
                                                            - Banh mi thit nuong, com bi nem nuong, ca phe sua da at Banh Mi My Tho
                                                            - Chicken congee and fried steam bun at Sheng Ji Noodle House
                                                            - Salty soy milk, yu tiao, and "Taiwanese" hamburger at Yi Mei Bakery

                                                            Dean Sin World
                                                            306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

                                                            Banh Mi My Tho
                                                            304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                                                            Noodle House
                                                            18219 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

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                                                              westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Mar 21, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                              since there is no geographical overlap to our recommendations, our posts end up being very complimentary!

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                                                                bulavinaka RE: westsidegal Mar 21, 2010 01:06 PM

                                                                But I bow to thee...

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                                                                  westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Mar 21, 2010 02:36 PM

                                                                  no, i bow to THEE.
                                                                  (especially for those times that my car finds itself being driven east of la cienega blvd)

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                                                                JThur01 RE: bulavinaka Mar 25, 2010 11:54 AM

                                                                Good post bulavinaka. As I mentioned, the SGV is an embarrassment of riches in this category. There are places where every menu item is under $6. Someone mentioned that one could order the entire menu at Dean Sin World and only spend about $30...and that's not much of an exaggeration.

                                                                The one thing that usually adds to the price is the cost of a drink. Old Country Cafe has drinks for $2-2.50, but free refills.

                                                                Old Country Cafe
                                                                2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

                                                                Dean Sin World
                                                                306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

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                                                                  bulavinaka RE: JThur01 Mar 25, 2010 07:33 PM

                                                                  Thanks. Been spending more time in SGV lately and this area is filled with what seems to be a limitless amount of choices that are embarrassingly light on the wallet. I honestly feel guilty at times getting the quality and quantity of food for so little. Even dim sum at Elite can be done for around $10, depending on how many are in your group and what is ordered.

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                                                                    JThur01 RE: bulavinaka Mar 26, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                    You too?, I also feel guilty at times over the quantity and quality for such a low price. I've literally had enough for two filling meals spending as little as $5. I could probably come up with a better list, but, seriously, it's almost every place in the SGV...my brain goes into overload and shuts down. Makes it hard to pick when I'm in that area :-)

                                                            2. re: bulavinaka
                                                              JThur01 RE: bulavinaka Mar 24, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                              I'll second the SGV, literally hundreds of options. An overabundance of choices.

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                                                                raytamsgv RE: JThur01 Mar 30, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                That is so true. I think one would be hard-pressed to find another place in the US that is even comparable in terms of price, quality, and quantity.

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                                                              Sam D. RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                              Boat noodles at Sapp;s Coffee Shop in Thai Town. $5.50
                                                              Fish plate w/ fries & cole slaw at Fisherman's Outlet downtown. $8.50
                                                              Pastrami dip w/fries & drink at Dino;s in Pico. About $7
                                                              2 hamburgers-animal style & drink at In N Out. About $5

                                                              1. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 09:57 AM

                                                                Large Godmother sandwich with the works at Bay Cities Deli.

                                                                Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                                1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                1. Jennalynn RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 11:12 AM

                                                                  I'm thrilled people!

                                                                  Keep 'em coming. We'll have enough options to get us through the recession.

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                                                                    soto i am RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 11:36 AM

                                                                    Siam I Am, P.C.H & Torrance blvd. Redondo Beach Everything under $10 All day. great lunch specials about $4.99. Best tom ka kai and kao soi around! get it thai spicy.

                                                                    All Indian Sweets and Snacks, Hawthorne & Torrance blvd. in the N.E. strip mall. Lunch specials all day @ $3.99 for vegetarian (3 veg choices, rice and chapati) $1 more for each meat choice (lamb, chicken, goat). Can recession busters be this delicious? YES!

                                                                    Siam I Am
                                                                    215 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                                                                      Rizza RE: soto i am Mar 22, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                      I'm posting under you, Soto, to keep some Torrance suggestions together. Pupusas at the Torrance Farmer's Market make it in the $5.00 and under category. And for the very hungry...tofu soup at Cho Dang Tofu in Torrance. I prefer the mushroom. Yum!

                                                                      Cho Dang Tofu
                                                                      22549 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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                                                                        tednugnt RE: soto i am May 24, 2010 06:29 AM

                                                                        i live in the area so thanks much for these tips.

                                                                      2. Emme RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                        Monte Alban - mole verde or chilaauiles or sopa azteca or...
                                                                        Mario's Peruvian - chicken fried rice; ceviche ($11); chicken in wine
                                                                        The Local Yolk - omelettes... esp after a hearty surf session
                                                                        Greenleaf Chop Shop - make-your-own-salad -- i know not everyone here likes it, but i find the ingredients always fresh, the service really great, and a good value
                                                                        Gilbert's El Indio - albondigas; machaca; breakfast burrito; enchiladas suizas, etc.
                                                                        Mariscos Chente - ($11) ceviche
                                                                        Jitlada - shrimp, seafood pad thai
                                                                        Eat Well - Buddha Bowl
                                                                        Falafel Arax - Schwarma, Kebabs, Hummus, Tabouleh
                                                                        Pann's - waffles and wings
                                                                        Babalu - fish tacos
                                                                        Kreation Kafe
                                                                        Cafe Flore - Hearts of Palm and Artichoke Salad; Pancakes; Omelettes; French Toast

                                                                        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                        Monte Alban
                                                                        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                                                        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                                                        Local Yolk
                                                                        3414 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                                                                        Eat Well
                                                                        3916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                                                        1002 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                                        Mario's Peruvian
                                                                        15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

                                                                        Gilbert's El Indio
                                                                        2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                        Falafel Arax
                                                                        5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                                                        Mariscos Chente
                                                                        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                        Cafe Flore
                                                                        214 S Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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                                                                          westsidegal RE: Emme Mar 21, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                                          if we raise the budget to $11, you not only can get the ceviche at mariscos chente, you can get over over 95% of their menu items.
                                                                          since mariscos chente is my favorite restaurant, i'd support this. . . .

                                                                        2. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                                          Big Mista's BBQ brisket sandwich. Gosh is that good.

                                                                          1. ipsedixit RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 02:42 PM

                                                                            I think $10 is too easy.

                                                                            Cut off should be $5.

                                                                            That said, my whims change hour to hour, but right now I think my favor $10 under meal would be a hot dog, churro, and Vanilla ice cream bar from the Costco food stand.

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                                                                              westsidegal RE: ipsedixit Mar 21, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                              if $5 were the cut off, i fear that the dread 'PORTION CONTROL' might rear it's ugly head. . . .

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                                                                                Jennalynn RE: ipsedixit Mar 21, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                I picked $10 because I wanted a real meal... something that might count as a dinner out.

                                                                                Also that price point could include some higher end restaurants if you stick to apps.

                                                                                Though all the answers so far, be they drive thrus or stands or restaurants are very welcome and I'm excited to try them.

                                                                              2. Bob Brooks RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                The lamb tongue sandwich at Canary.

                                                                                The banh xeo at Van's.

                                                                                Fish kidney curry at Jitlada.

                                                                                1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 04:04 PM

                                                                                  the small-size truffle pizza they serve at the bar at cafe del rey
                                                                                  any of the items of the special LUNCH-TO-GO menu at il forno caffee on ocean park in santa monica.
                                                                                  the weekday AYCE lunch combination served at rahel

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                                                                                    bad nono RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 04:43 PM

                                                                                    baked chicken & collard greens & rice at Chef Marilyn.
                                                                                    Most of the lunch specials at Con Sabor come right under 10

                                                                                    It's all very relative because I'm not a super big eater, and I can get very happy with the Port & Stilton burger at Umami for $9, without getting any sides or drinks.

                                                                                    Chef Marilyn's
                                                                                    2638 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                                                                                    Con Sabor Restaurant
                                                                                    5239 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                                                                                    1. wienermobile RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                      V-Burger (or any dish on the menu) at Veggie Grill.

                                                                                      Veggie Grill
                                                                                      720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

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                                                                                        Clinton RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 08:50 PM

                                                                                        I'd settle for a 17" pepperoni pizza @Costco for $9.95. That will feed a small family!

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                                                                                          mdpilam RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                          Cook's Tortas (finally had a chance to try this place, and man, I am never out in Monterey Park, but I will make trips out there just for them now!)

                                                                                          Al Pastor burrito at La Taquiza,

                                                                                          Tacos from El Chato or Chema's.

                                                                                          The Godmother at Bay Cities.

                                                                                          Cook's Tortas
                                                                                          1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                                                                          1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 21, 2010 10:31 PM

                                                                                            well under $10,
                                                                                            the AYCE buffet lunch at BOMBAY GROCERY on pch in lomita (east of narbonne)

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                                                                                              soto i am RE: westsidegal Mar 22, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                              I think that pretty closely qualifies for the under $5 thread. Of course that"s proly if you don't get your custom dish? Keep em coming W S G

                                                                                            2. maxzook RE: Jennalynn Mar 22, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                              A torta de pollo from Porto's Bakery (Burbank or Glendale). I think you can add a cup of soup and still make the budget, otherwise you can "downgrade" to a medianoche and you'll make it for sure.

                                                                                              Porto's Bakery
                                                                                              315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                                                                                              Porto's Bakery
                                                                                              3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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                                                                                                maxzook RE: maxzook Mar 25, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                The torta de pollo is $4.85 and a good serving of soup is $2.85 ... well within budget.

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                                                                                                  Wolfgang RE: maxzook Mar 25, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                  Whole chicken or half a chicken with rice and beans at El Pollo Brasa at Western and 8th.
                                                                                                  Large poorboy and chips from Bay Cities.

                                                                                              2. J.L. RE: Jennalynn Mar 25, 2010 06:25 PM

                                                                                                Guilty pleasure: The Hawaiian Mixed BBQ Plate, at Ono Hawaiian BBQ (Santa Monica & Bundy) = $7.95

                                                                                                1. OC Mutt RE: Jennalynn Mar 25, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                                                  Bifteki pita bundle combo - Greek Island Grille. $7.95. Huge plate of fresh, delicious, satisfying home-made food.

                                                                                                  1. Ciao Bob RE: Jennalynn Mar 26, 2010 10:51 AM

                                                                                                    My current favorite sandwich at Huckelberry: Fried egg sandwich with Niman Ranch bacon, Gruyere, arugula & aioli on country bread - $9.50

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                                                                                                      soto i am RE: Jennalynn Mar 26, 2010 11:23 AM

                                                                                                      Spicy salt shrimp at Seafood Town on Hawthorne, Torrance. Delicious AND the serving is big enough for four people

                                                                                                      Seafood Town
                                                                                                      22922 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                                                                                                      1. westsidegal RE: Jennalynn Mar 26, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                        although it's listed as a starter, the portion size is good enough for it to be a lunch:

                                                                                                        the burrata starter at metro cafe in culver city

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                                                                                                          J.L. RE: westsidegal Mar 26, 2010 09:36 PM

                                                                                                          The whole menu at that restaurant is a bargain!

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                                                                                                            westsidegal RE: J.L. Mar 26, 2010 10:21 PM

                                                                                                            but none of the entrees qualify for the criteria of 'under $10,"
                                                                                                            so, i needed to go into the 'starter' category.
                                                                                                            imho, nobody else in town does such a good job with burrata, although i plan to go to jar soon and will see if anything in their mozzarella monday lineup comes close.

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                                                                                                              antob RE: J.L. Mar 27, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                                                                              +1 for the Metro Cafe!

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                                                                                                            raizans RE: Jennalynn Mar 29, 2010 11:54 PM

                                                                                                            mostly a lunchtime affair, though i did get a very nice early dinner at bouzy on st. patrick's day (corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots, and mustard).

                                                                                                            bludso's - spare rib lunch with coleslaw. sometimes i'll add a side of collard greens.
                                                                                                            ricky's fish tacos - two fish tacos, but they're $2.50 each.
                                                                                                            ichimi-something - wakame soba. foster's freeze is next door. =)
                                                                                                            santouka - chibi shio ramen.
                                                                                                            jim dandy - five piece spicy fried chicken with fritters and onion rings.
                                                                                                            flossie's - two piece chicken lunch with mac&cheese and collard greens.
                                                                                                            busy bee market - beef dip.
                                                                                                            sapp coffee shop - beef with curry paste and green bean, and boat noodles.
                                                                                                            empanada's place - humitas and corn empanadas.
                                                                                                            mom's burgers - chronic burger
                                                                                                            havana mania - 1/4 chicken lunch special

                                                                                                            sorely lacking in vegetables...good thing i don't eat out very often.

                                                                                                            Busy Bee Market
                                                                                                            2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                                                                            Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                            21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                            Empanada's Place
                                                                                                            3811 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                            3566 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

                                                                                                            Havana Mania
                                                                                                            3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                                                                                                            Mom's Burgers
                                                                                                            336 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90220

                                                                                                            Ichimian (Bamboo Garden)
                                                                                                            1618 Cravens Ave., Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                            Sapp Coffee Shop
                                                                                                            5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                            Bludso's BBQ
                                                                                                            811 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA 90221, USA

                                                                                                            Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
                                                                                                            11328 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044

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                                                                                                              kevin RE: raizans Mar 30, 2010 06:39 PM

                                                                                                              where's ricky's fish tacos?

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                                                                                                                Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Mar 30, 2010 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                Usually found on weekend in Sunset Junction. More info on his twitter feed.


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                                                                                                                  sel RE: kevin Mar 31, 2010 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                  Made to order, about 2 feet in front of you. So good seconds out of the fryer!

                                                                                                              2. SauceSupreme RE: Jennalynn Mar 30, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                I had some amazing al pastor tacos at the taco stand on Fletcher and Larga last night, setting me back $1 a piece.

                                                                                                                Also, the huaraches at Azteca on York are only $2.50 each.

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                                                                                                                  Ginger9 RE: Jennalynn Mar 30, 2010 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                  It's a chain restaurant, but Panera Bread has great, wholesome options all for under $10. I like their soup selections, good salads and great sandwiches. My favorite sandwiches: Napa Almond Chicken, and turkey artichoke Panini. Favorite soups: French onion and Pesto garden vegetable. I think they only have locations on the west side (Santa Monica, Marina, Westchester and Torrance).

                                                                                                                  Panini Cafe
                                                                                                                  9601 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                                                                                                                    maxzook RE: Ginger9 Mar 31, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                    According to their website there are at least twenty Panera outlets in L.A. County; I'm familiar with Studio City, North Hollywood, Glendale and Pasadena. I appreciate that unlike most chains, they tweak their menus on an ongoing basis to add new items. Personally I prefer their soups and salads, the bread for their sandwiches is freshly baked but a bit bland.

                                                                                                                    Panera Bread
                                                                                                                    12131 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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                                                                                                                    d_doubleyew RE: Jennalynn May 23, 2010 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                    Downtown LA workday lunches:

                                                                                                                    Starry Kitchen: Crispy Tofu Balls Banh Mi with Sesame Slaw

                                                                                                                    Sultan Chicken: Veggie Plate or Lula/Kofta Plate

                                                                                                                    Mendocino Farms: Lamb Sandwich or Highway 128 Sandwich

                                                                                                                    Sandwich Shop: Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich

                                                                                                                    Weeneez: LA Hottie

                                                                                                                    Bottega Louie: Sandwiches and sliders to go

                                                                                                                    500 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                                    311 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                                    Sandwich Shop
                                                                                                                    531 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                                    Bottega Louie
                                                                                                                    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                                                                                    Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                                    444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                                                                                                                      bulavinaka RE: d_doubleyew May 23, 2010 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                      That lamb sandwich at Mendocino Farms is really good. In fact, I've yet to be disappointed with any of their sandwiches. I think I've had a half-dozen different ones so far and they all delivered goodness an freshness at the same time.

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                                                                                                                        silverlakebodhisattva RE: d_doubleyew May 23, 2010 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                        Tacos Guerrero, 8th and Broadway Chicken burrito and horchata: $5.50, including tax (no website at that price!) Get there before about 1:30 pm; they run out of the chicken "stew" sometimes...

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                                                                                                                          d_doubleyew RE: silverlakebodhisattva May 23, 2010 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the tip, silverlakebodhisattva! I will try it out this week.

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                                                                                                                        coffeebrownies RE: Jennalynn May 23, 2010 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                        I am glad this topic came back to life, because yesterday we had an astonishing feast at India's Sweets and Spices on Venice Blvd. for 4 people, for $28.00. The food was lovely, interesting, and fresh. I had never had jackfruit curry before!

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                                                                                                                          silverlakebodhisattva RE: coffeebrownies May 23, 2010 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                          $10 at ISS (either Venice or Los Feliz) gets so much food that you can hurt yourself...

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                                                                                                                            maudies5 RE: silverlakebodhisattva May 23, 2010 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                            Lovely, clean-tasting Ramen at Chabuya on Sawtelle. I believe it is $6.50. I believe most dishes are under $10.00. This restaurant never ceases to amaze me. It is so pristine; every dish is beautifully executed. I always leave Chabuya feeling quite satisfied and delighted by the bottom line on the check.

                                                                                                                            2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                                                                                                                            westsidegal RE: coffeebrownies May 23, 2010 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                            do yourself a favor and also try the jackfruit curry served at Samosa House (on washington near berryman, about 7 minutes southwest of india sweets and spices)

                                                                                                                            Samosa House
                                                                                                                            11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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                                                                                                                              bulavinaka RE: westsidegal May 24, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                              And don't forget to chase is down with a mango lassi. :)

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                                                                                                                                coffeebrownies RE: bulavinaka May 24, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                Thanks--I will! I have to admit, though, that I preferred a paneer curry that I also had on Saturday at ISS--that one has me planning my return trip.

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                                                                                                                                  westsidegal RE: coffeebrownies May 24, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                  part of the menu at samosa house rotates, meaning that every dish is not available every day.
                                                                                                                                  they offer a terrific paneer curry as part of the rotation.
                                                                                                                                  the jackfruit, on the other hand, is always available.

                                                                                                                                  can't remember if bawarchi also offers a paneer curry, but if they do, it is sure to be excellent.

                                                                                                                                  another great rendition of paneer curry can be found in the south bay at al noor on inglewood blvd just north of the 405 freeway.

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                                                                                                                                    coffeebrownies RE: westsidegal May 24, 2010 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    The funny think about our venture to ISS is that we were with a young Londoner and had just sworn that we wouldn't take him to eat Indian, and that our Indian food was not worthy. However, ISS had enough of the spirit and certainly budget that it was a merry meal (and it didn't hurt that it was less than a block from the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where we had spent the afternoon). But, on a less serendipitous outing, I will drag someone with me to Samosa House!

                                                                                                                                    Samosa House
                                                                                                                                    11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

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                                                                                                                                      westsidegal RE: westsidegal May 25, 2010 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      the paneer tikka masala is being served today, 5/25 at samosa house.

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                                                                                                                              ozhead RE: Jennalynn May 24, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                              The layout of appetizers at Hummus Bar & Grill in Tarzana (or maybe Encino? Who can keep them straight?) is an amazing bargain for $9.99.

                                                                                                                              1. monku RE: Jennalynn Jun 1, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                Just discovered this bargain at Tapioca Express.
                                                                                                                                Who knew they served hot food cooked to order.

                                                                                                                                $5.99 for the Osaka pork and includes a regular size black or green iced tea. Huge curry pork tonkotsu on a large bed of rice with some cabbage and corn stir fried with garlic (see the pic).

                                                                                                                                They got an Osaka chicken and other combination plates available for $5.50. Includes a regular iced black or green tea.

                                                                                                                                Tapioca Express San Gabriel
                                                                                                                                800 W Las Tunas Dr. #100
                                                                                                                                San Gabriel, CA 91776
                                                                                                                                (626) 284-3088

                                                                                                                                Las Tunas Restaurant
                                                                                                                                3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                                                                                                                1. PommeDeGuerre RE: Jennalynn Jul 24, 2010 02:32 AM

                                                                                                                                  How does this list get this big without mentioning Dino's Burgers? Get the El Pollo Maniaco Plate. Half a char-grilled chicken, a boat load of fries, all covered in a spicy vinegar based sauce, cole slaw, and three corn tortillas for $5.50, including tax. Delicious and enough food for two meals.

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                                                                                                                                    Servorg RE: PommeDeGuerre Jul 24, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                    Because I (and several other hounds) included it on the "Favorite $5 Meal" thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6961...

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                                                                                                                                      PommeDeGuerre RE: Servorg Jul 25, 2010 12:44 AM

                                                                                                                                      Like I said, why isn't it on the < $10 thread? That is actually an UNDER $5 thread, and last time I checked, 5.5 > 5, and with a drink the meal is more like 7.5, but thanks for pointing out that it's now on the right thread.

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                                                                                                                                    meg3325 RE: Jennalynn Apr 22, 2011 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    Teriyaki House (across the street from Virgil Middle School) - teriyaki burger, fried rice and drink combo $6.00.

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                                                                                                                                      Servorg RE: meg3325 Apr 22, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      Place link

                                                                                                                                      Teriyaki House
                                                                                                                                      3560 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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                                                                                                                                      rcompton RE: Jennalynn Apr 22, 2011 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                      Zamzam market. Beef kabob or biryani and rice pudding. Still can't figure out why nobody knows this place.

                                                                                                                                      11028 Washington Blvd
                                                                                                                                      Culver City, CA 90232

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                                                                                                                                        maxzook RE: rcompton Apr 22, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                        Maybe because you didn't link it ? ;p

                                                                                                                                        Zam Zam Market
                                                                                                                                        11028 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                                                                                                                                        raizans RE: Jennalynn Aug 25, 2012 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        let's start another one of these threads. we have under $5 and under $10.

                                                                                                                                        what would you say is the next price point or range?

                                                                                                                                        under $15? or $15-20? maybe something else?

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                                                                                                                                          westsidegal RE: raizans Aug 26, 2012 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                                          since food prices are rising, i second your idea.

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                                                                                                                                          mikkel obe RE: Jennalynn Aug 27, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                          samosa house - combo plate
                                                                                                                                          mendocino farms - steak BLT
                                                                                                                                          uncle bill's pancake house - omelette + pancakes + hash browns
                                                                                                                                          bay cities - godmother w/the works
                                                                                                                                          phillips bar-B-que II - beef ribs
                                                                                                                                          mandarin house - potstickers (they are ginormous)

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                                                                                                                                            RicRios RE: Jennalynn Aug 27, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                            Margarita's Place
                                                                                                                                            103 East 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014‎
                                                                                                                                            (213) 622-2663
                                                                                                                                            Open 24/7.
                                                                                                                                            As solid as it gets:
                                                                                                                                            Costillas en salsa roja (o verde)

                                                                                                                                            All $6.00, delivered.
                                                                                                                                            Best deal in town.
                                                                                                                                            And I'm not shilling.

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