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soto i am Mar 21, 2010 03:21 PM

C'mon all, double the pleasure, double the fun!

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    wanderlustre Aug 1, 2012 07:53 PM

    Stewed pork rice (aka Lu Rou Fan) at Stinky Tofu King. Taiwanese comfort food.
    Also, 3 bahn mi at for $5 at Bahn Mi Che Cali.

    1. WhereTheCopsEat Aug 1, 2012 04:53 PM

      Fish Tacos at Bear Flag in Newport Beach on Tuesday Nights! $2 each, share a table and meet new people!

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        Warmsandz Sep 1, 2011 09:31 PM

        Funny, I was just thinking this morning that Costco sells a really good whole roast chicken for $4.99 If you're on a budget (or not) you can easily get 2 or maybe even 3 meals out of it . . ..

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        1. re: Warmsandz
          westsidegal Sep 1, 2011 11:34 PM

          i've cut up MANY MANY of those chickens and served them on platters at buffet luncheons.
          both adults and kids really like them.
          of course, because of the messiness, i only serve them when there are chairs and tables set out--this is not finger food.

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          Ogawak Sep 1, 2011 08:19 AM

          Honey Kettle Fried Chicken (in Compton only) has a gas buster special 2 chicken thighs and 2 biscuits for $5.00, the best bargain in town.

          Bay Cities small Poor Boy comes in at $4.50, though I usually get the Godmother.

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            burntwater Aug 31, 2011 08:17 PM

            Oaxacan style mole tamales.
            The stand is across the street in a used car lot at the North end of York Blvd across from the CVS.

            One dollar a piece and they are perfectly done with these beautiful chocolate and coffee notes.
            I would love to wash one down with a Parabola.

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            1. re: burntwater
              happybaker Aug 31, 2011 08:20 PM

              Oh! Sounds great!

              Do they have any chicken or cheese, or is it all beef or pork?

              1. re: burntwater
                cant talk...eating Aug 31, 2011 09:09 PM

                York is an east-west street - is this Eagle Rock or HP? Sounds great.

                1. re: cant talk...eating
                  happybaker Aug 31, 2011 09:33 PM

                  The only CVS on York is maybe a block away from the intersection of Eagle Rock Blvd. and York. So, more Eagle Rock than HP.

                  1. re: happybaker
                    burntwater Sep 1, 2011 11:35 AM

                    Happybaker is correct it is near the intersection of ERB and York.

                    There is another stand next door that operates closer to the intersection of
                    ERB and York this is not the one you want.

                    The stand with the tamales is inside the used car lot with the metal fence around it.
                    It is not there every night so you just have to do a drive by and hope for the best.

                    They only have a green chicken tamale and the red. The red is the one you want the green is just ok.

                    They have other items as well I've tried but the best by far is the red tamales.

                    1. re: burntwater
                      Peripatetic Sep 1, 2011 01:32 PM

                      I think the exact location is mentioned in this thread:


              2. cant talk...eating Aug 31, 2011 05:55 PM

                Ok, I just had the best <$5 lunch experience I've had in a while. Be Be (Taiwanese) restaurant on Valley in Alhambra. They're doing a $4.50 lunch special either pork chop or teriyaki chicken, served with a little rice (with salt pork gravy), pickled veggies, cabbage, and a wedge of fried tofu. I have next to no experience w/ Taiwanese food, but there's a waitress who speaks fluent English, which really helps. I think I've posted before on this place, on the smoked duck noodle soup (also excellent).

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                1. re: cant talk...eating
                  TonyC Sep 1, 2011 10:36 AM

                  Thanks for that feedback. Be Be's been running the < $5 lunch special since they grand opened. Reports have been mixed. Taiwanese duck noodle soup (though not smoked) is one of my fave things.

                  That said, the dearth of Chinese combo boxes in this thread is a disgrace. $4.50 3-item combo from Rolling Wok / Oriental Express/Kang Kang basically kills every arepa/pupusa/banh mi/taco/tamale in town in terms of value:tastiness ratio.

                  Rolling Wok
                  1609 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                2. scottca075 Jul 26, 2011 01:37 PM

                  McCormick & Schmick's Happy Hour with a pint of Guiness, Pig'n Whistle Happy Hour and Morton's Power Hour (except they are $6 & $7).


                  McCormick & Schmick's
                  633 West Fifth Street,, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                    rcompton Apr 22, 2011 04:44 PM

                    Tacos in the back of Palms Market.

                    3568 Motor Ave
                    Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                      meg3325 Apr 22, 2011 02:49 PM

                      I'm not going to sugar coat what it is. The neighborhood isn't the greatest, but the food is good, and that's the point.

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                        meg3325 Apr 22, 2011 01:52 PM

                        Tempura House on Sawtelle (West L.A.) - chicken curry for only $4.50.

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                          Servorg Apr 22, 2011 02:04 PM

                          place link

                          Sawtelle Tempura House
                          1816 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                          1. re: Servorg
                            meg3325 Apr 22, 2011 02:26 PM

                            Here's the link:


                            The building looks like hell and the neighborhood is kind of ghetto. Parking sucks too. It's just a hole-in-the-wall teriyaki burger joint. Cash only. Run by a friendly Japanese woman named Sachi. The house teriyaki sauce comes in a bottle and gets passed around. Hands down one of my favorite places in L.A. The regulars even order things not on the menu.

                            1. re: meg3325
                              Servorg Apr 22, 2011 02:36 PM

                              To write "...and the neighborhood is kind of a ghetto." is just so absurd I'm not even sure what to say in response.

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                                Peripatetic Apr 22, 2011 02:44 PM

                                I think meg3325 was following up on her (?) other post, about Teriyaki House near East Hollywood:


                                I don't think she was referring to Sawtelle.

                                1. re: Peripatetic
                                  meg3325 Apr 22, 2011 03:08 PM

                                  Peripatetic - yes, I apologize for the confusion. The Teriyaki House is in Koreatown. The Tempura House is on Sawtelle in West L.A.. Here's a photo of the place:

                                  1. re: meg3325
                                    Servorg Apr 22, 2011 03:52 PM

                                    Ah, sorry. I just reacted without much (any?) thought between reading and posting...

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                          ChefRoux Mar 14, 2011 12:28 PM

                          IN ANAHEIM:

                          Buche or Carnitas Burrito@El Super Market (Ball Rd. & Anaheim Blvd only)
                          Falafel Sandwich @ Sahara Falafel
                          Lunch Special (varies) @Fa Sai Thai
                          2 Jalapeno/Cream Cheese Bombs@ La Reina Bakery
                          Burger & Onion Rings@ Varsity Burger
                          2 Ramona's Chile Relleno Burritos @ 7-11

                          Sahara Falafel
                          590 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

                          Varsity Burger
                          600 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

                          1. WildSwede Mar 14, 2011 11:00 AM

                            Pasadena Area:
                            Dog Haus: Delicious sliders (angus beef, white american cheese & grilled onions) $1.50/ea. I eat 2.
                            La Estrella (Fair Oaks Loc.): Al Pastor or Fish Tacos; Ceviche; Burritos - all under $5. Meal Deal: 2 tacos, rice, beans & tortilla chips $4.
                            Roma Italian Deli: The Sandwich $5.50 (sorry, 50 cents over, but soooooooo worth it!)
                            Zankou: most of the wraps are around $5.
                            Rick's Drive In: Tacos; Tostadas; Burgers; Spuderito, Taco in a Bun all under $5
                            The Hat: Chili Fries; Chili Cheese Dog both under $5

                            La Estrella
                            502 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                            Roma Italian Deli
                            2247 Michael Dr, Newbury Park, CA 91320

                            Dog Haus
                            105 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

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                              jeffandnat Mar 8, 2011 09:08 AM

                              Spam Musubi and POG, (aka sugar in a can), at L&L Hawaiian. Or any Hawaiian BBQ joint, most likely.

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                                d_doubleyew Mar 7, 2011 09:47 PM

                                Guisados in East LA
                                $5 for two tacos with various braised fillings -- recently enjoyed braised tongue; tuna; potatoes and chorizo; pork tinga; bistek; chicken mole etc. You also get a complimentary soup such as homemade cream of mushroom or spinach. The owner said his brother who has a store next door grinds all the corn for thick hand-made tortillas. Delicious.

                                2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

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                                  Harry Niletti Oct 4, 2010 10:19 PM

                                  A few favorite examples: 1/4-rack of ribs ($5.25) or BBQ sandwich ("your choice of meat," $4.50) at Big Mista; cochinita pibil burrito at Yuca's ($3.50); carnitas taco at Los Cinco Puntos ($3); cup of clam chowder on Friday evening at Pann's ($4.24); disgusting but delicious chili dog at Cupid's (under $5 for the dog and a small soda).


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                                  1. re: Harry Niletti
                                    WildSwede Mar 14, 2011 10:38 AM

                                    Should say "delicious and more delicious chili dog..." ;-)

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                                    d_doubleyew Oct 4, 2010 09:00 PM

                                    Recent cheap eats:

                                    $2 "special" banh mi from Banh Mi My Dung in Chinatown. Gastronomy Blog had a post about a visit there this summer:


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                                      Hackenbush Apr 11, 2010 06:52 PM

                                      The small spaghetti with meat sauce at Andre's in the Town & Country Mall at 3rd and Fairfax. It's $5 and includes garlic bread.

                                      1. dotrat Apr 10, 2010 03:39 PM

                                        I've been enjoying the 'stimulus package" lunch at Rockenwagner near the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It includes a choice of a cup of soup (which have all been wonderful esp tomato bisque) and a mini sandwich (choices include lox/salami/turkey etc on his bread). It's $5.50 and definitely a light lunch but very very tasty and convenient after shopping at the farmers market.

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                                          d_doubleyew Apr 10, 2010 09:19 AM

                                          Downtown LA:
                                          $3 tamales at the Wednesday farmers market at Pershing Square
                                          $2.50 spinach or olive boureks at the Lebanese place on 6th btw Hill and Broadway (Sultan's Kitchen?)
                                          $2.50 cheese bourek at Bruno's Cafe on 6th btw Grand and Olive
                                          $5 salad or soup of the day at Mendocino Farms on Flower St (opp. Central Library)
                                          $4.50 soup of the day (cup) at Casey's Irish Bar on Grand and 6th

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                                            soto i am Mar 26, 2010 11:37 AM

                                            Torrance/Redondo beach area. I posted this in the $10 thread, but I think it deserves to be posted here in the "Under $5" category.

                                            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

                                            * All Indian Sweets & Snacks
                                            20916 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503-4612(310) 370-5156‎

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                                            1. re: soto i am
                                              Rizza Oct 5, 2010 09:50 AM

                                              Continuing in the Torrance vein, Restraunt Christine has a happy hour from 5:00-6:30. Everything is $5. The menu changes weekly, and has quite a few items on it, most coming with a side of dressed greens. I recommend the vegetable mu shu which is not traditional, but very tasty. And last week I had a new item, pulled pork sliders. These were awesome for $5. Two sliders with a good amount of slow cooked savory pork (not sweet or bar-b-quey) on sweet sloder rolls topped with fried onions. I was really blown away that I could get something that good for the price of drive through. Their happy hour white wine, also $5, is excellent as well. An unoaked chardonnay that goes well with the food.

                                            2. christoofat Mar 25, 2010 11:10 AM

                                              bbq pork banh mi on 1/2 fresh baguette at Che Cali in Fountain Valley+ ca phe su da = $4.00 lunch

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                                                Wolfgang Mar 25, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                One meatball and one sausage from the hot case at Bay Cities plus one medium roll to go makes a great sandwich for under $4.
                                                3 al pastor tacos from Cuernavaca in Ventura. They have great al pastor. Tried the AP at la Taquiza a few weeks ago and it wasn't even close.
                                                I think the barbacoa burrito from Gallego's in Culver City is about $5.
                                                Carne Asada burrito with avocado from La Playita in Santa Monica / Venice. They don't have good meat but the burrito really works as a whole.
                                                The whole rotisserie chicken from Costco. $4.95.
                                                I love the beef brisket taquito plate from Border Grill at Happy Hour.

                                                Border Grill
                                                1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                La Playita
                                                3306 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                              2. westsidegal Mar 24, 2010 10:23 PM

                                                if you have two people in your party, and you're willing to go on a tuesday night, HENNESEY'S TAVERN has their two for one burger special for all their burgers (both meat and veggie burger). the basic burger starts at $8, so on tuesdays, you can get two burgers for $8.

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                                                1. re: westsidegal
                                                  sel Mar 24, 2010 10:33 PM

                                                  How is their burger? Only went there once in the early 90's and as best as I can remember it was liquid diet that time....

                                                  1. re: sel
                                                    westsidegal Mar 24, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                    at half price, it is a bargain. after a couple of drinks AND at half price it is even more of a bargain.
                                                    at full price, with no alcohol in system, not worth it.

                                                    1. re: westsidegal
                                                      sel Mar 24, 2010 11:18 PM


                                                2. choctastic Mar 24, 2010 08:32 AM

                                                  An espresso from Intelligentsia and a cigarette.

                                                  Haha, just kidding. Well, about the cigarette, anyway.

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                                                    schrutefarms Mar 23, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                    A plate of Ikea meatballs, around $3 for ten, with potatoes, lingonberry sauce and gravy. And a soda. And a roll.

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                                                    1. re: schrutefarms
                                                      Dogbite Williams Jul 23, 2010 10:12 PM

                                                      I think the normal meal is 15 meatballs, mashed potatoes & gravy, plus a small dab of lingonberry sauce for $4.99. It's just $2.49 on Tuesdays - at least that's how it is at the Burbank branch.

                                                      1. re: Dogbite Williams
                                                        foodiemahoodie Aug 31, 2011 11:55 PM

                                                        Was just there. 3 bucks gets you meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes and lingonberrys. Another buck gets you a soda. Another buck gets you a cinnamon roll.

                                                        $5 for a 2 course meal!

                                                        1. re: Dogbite Williams
                                                          Dogbite Williams Sep 1, 2011 09:01 PM

                                                          I just checked the Burbank page. It's now 10 meatballs, mashed potatoes & gravy plus lingonberries for $2.99.

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                                                            happybaker Sep 1, 2011 09:31 PM

                                                            Yup - they changed the price. So now the everyday price is way better then the old everyday price. But no special single sale days. Works for me!

                                                      2. PommeDeGuerre Mar 23, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                        Hamburger and Fries at Jack's Classic Hamburgers in Toluca Lake.

                                                        Jack's Classic Hamburgers
                                                        11375 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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                                                        1. re: PommeDeGuerre
                                                          mucho gordo Mar 8, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                          Have they cleaned up their act? I can't count the number of times the health dept. closed them down, before they made it permanent, when they were located on Coldwater and Riverside.

                                                          1. re: mucho gordo
                                                            ns1 Aug 31, 2011 06:00 PM

                                                            only marginally.

                                                            stopped going there after Habit opened up down the street. Can't handle the guys' attitude.

                                                        2. maxzook Mar 22, 2010 07:24 PM

                                                          A medianoche sandwich at Porto's Bakery.

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

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

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                                                          1. re: maxzook
                                                            Pathological Eaters Mar 23, 2010 12:14 AM

                                                            TIto's Tacos

                                                            $4.35 will get you a Tito's Taco and an Enchilada that is to die for. TAX INCLUDED!

                                                            Ana Maria's in Grand Central Market
                                                            $2 tacos including carnitas, pollo, tongue, head and delicious green and red salsa. There is so much meat on these little bites of heaven that two corn tortillas are needed to tame such succulent meat

                                                            Weeneez in Downtown LA
                                                            $5 gets you a naked hot dog, coleslaw, a bag of chips and a medium soda. Not bad if you are in the mood for a descent hot dog

                                                            EAT EXPERIENCE ENJOY!

                                                            1. re: maxzook
                                                              crowmuncher Jul 25, 2011 12:58 PM

                                                              my favorite vacation breakfast back in the day when I was a meat-eater; i used to get that with an "Americano" and a side of guava pastelito (i reply to max over a year later)

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                                                              carter Mar 22, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                              The salad bar at Gelson's!

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                                                              1. re: carter
                                                                westsidegal Mar 22, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                $5 at the salad bar at gelsons wouldn't keep me full for more than 45 minutes.
                                                                i really LIKE TO EAT.
                                                                wouldn't call that a meal, more like a snack.

                                                                1. re: carter
                                                                  lil mikey Mar 25, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                  You're better at that than I am. I usually rack up about $8 at that salad bar. But you're right. If you pay attention, you can get it for under $5. But I really like that salad bar, so I stock up.

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                                                                  Sam D. Mar 22, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                  Bahn mi from the Chinatown truck at Alpine/New High. $2-$2.50
                                                                  Pastrami dip at Patra’s on San Fernando Rd. Under $5
                                                                  Ceviche tostada from Maria’s in the Grand Central Market. $ 2.50
                                                                  3 tacos & drink combo from El Atacor #11 on N. Figueroa/Ave.26. $2.99
                                                                  4 enchiladas from Antojitos Carmen, 2510 Cesar Chavez. $4.50
                                                                  2 hamburgers, animal style & drink at In N Out. About $5

                                                                  1. ipsedixit Mar 22, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                                    Hamburger from Yuca's

                                                                    Minced meat noodles at Wong Wong Kitchen

                                                                    Banh mi or any one of the bun chas at Banh Mi My Tho

                                                                    Carne asada or al pastor taco from El Picoso

                                                                    2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

                                                                    El Picoso Restaurant
                                                                    307 S Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

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                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                      bulavinaka Mar 22, 2010 07:23 PM

                                                                      >>Banh mi or any one of the bun chas at Banh Mi My Tho<<

                                                                      For $5, I think you need to add an "s" to "Banh mi." :)

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

                                                                      1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                        ipsedixit Mar 22, 2010 09:32 PM

                                                                        Is there a requirement that I spend all $5? Can't I just pocket the change and save it for a ... foot message? :-)

                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                          bulavinaka Mar 22, 2010 10:09 PM

                                                                          Again - my kung fu is no good here...

                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka
                                                                            sel Mar 23, 2010 11:26 AM

                                                                            "He has no kung fu!!!"

                                                                      2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                        heckonwheels Mar 23, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                        I'd also add the tacos de papa at El Picoso.

                                                                        El Picoso Restaurant
                                                                        307 S Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

                                                                        1. re: heckonwheels
                                                                          ipsedixit Mar 23, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                          ... and the buche tacos.

                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                            heckonwheels Mar 24, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                                            Heck, just about anything on their menu!

                                                                      3. mrgreenbeenz Mar 22, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                        Banh Mi from the Nam Thai Truck in Chinatown (or anywhere). Specifically the pork sausage or the chicken and pate.

                                                                        Carnitas and Chorizo burrito from Taco Zone.

                                                                        Goat Tacos from Huarache Azteca ($2 a pop - weekends only)

                                                                        Shish Taouk Sandwich from Skaf's.

                                                                        Whole prepared chicken from Super King.

                                                                        Pamboza Sandwich at Metro Balderas (like a torta made of fried sopes with chorizo and potato)

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                                                                          outshined Mar 22, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                          Tacos al pastor, La Estrella truck, York and Ave 54.

                                                                          1. hhewitt Mar 22, 2010 10:42 AM

                                                                            Falafel Pita with condiment bar at Bella Pita, Westwood = $4.50

                                                                            Bella Pita
                                                                            960 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                                                                            1. westsidegal Mar 21, 2010 10:30 PM

                                                                              a an 8oz to-go tub of any of the offerings at either samosa house or bawarchi.

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                                                                                Pumpkin_Head Mar 21, 2010 06:15 PM

                                                                                A couple of past favorites:

                                                                                "Chicken" sub at Vinh Loi Tofu = $4.50
                                                                                Potato Paratha at India Jones Truck = $3.50

                                                                                Vinh Loi Tofu
                                                                                18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

                                                                                1. monku Mar 21, 2010 05:23 PM

                                                                                  Dino's Chicken & Burgers

                                                                                  1/2 Char-Broiled Chicken
                                                                                  On A Bed of Fresh Cut French Fries,
                                                                                  Homemade Coleslaw,& Tortillas
                                                                                  $5 including sales tax (Azusa location) which I've never been to.


                                                                                  I frequent the Dino's on Main Street it's about the same price.
                                                                                  2817 N Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

                                                                                  Main Street Cafe
                                                                                  12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840

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                                                                                  1. re: monku
                                                                                    Scootrvil Apr 9, 2010 08:31 PM

                                                                                    I popped in after reading this post a couple weeks ago.

                                                                                    Chicken was ok. and tasted better than it looked
                                                                                    Beans and rice? below average and for LA... just BAD
                                                                                    fries were absoluely DISGUSTING!! Soggy greasy cold.

                                                                                    doubt i will return

                                                                                    Dino's Burgers
                                                                                    2817 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

                                                                                    1. re: Scootrvil
                                                                                      Servorg Apr 10, 2010 04:15 AM

                                                                                      You got beans and rice with your half chicken maniaco? I've never seen anyone get beans and rice, only the fries that catch the marinade that comes on the chicken. Did you order it with beans and rice?

                                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                                        monku Jul 23, 2010 10:25 PM

                                                                                        Other day I wasn't paying attention and must have said "yes" to beans and rice and I thought the beans were pretty good.

                                                                                      2. re: Scootrvil
                                                                                        monku Jul 23, 2010 10:23 PM

                                                                                        Sorry to hear you were disappointed.
                                                                                        I always ask for crispy fries.
                                                                                        You thought they were soggy...most people like the chicken juice on the fries.
                                                                                        You should have talked to Andy the owner.

                                                                                        1. re: monku
                                                                                          WildSwede Mar 14, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                          Absolutely, I always get the fries well done and extra-extra sauce. Never had rice n beans with my order (nor have they asked me if I ever wanted it) and I eat at the Azusa location regularly. I even usually say no to the tortillas and coleslaw (although the cs is pretty damn good!). I always sprinkle some lemon onto the chicken as well. Fantastic!

                                                                                    2. wienermobile Mar 21, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                                      El Burrito Jr. Special " C " 2 Bean & Cheese Burritos with medium drink $5.75 (sorry I went a little over)

                                                                                      El Burrito Jr
                                                                                      3830 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

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                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                        Servorg Mar 21, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                        In that case Dino's chicken plate for $5.50! http://www.losanjealous.com/2009/03/0...

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                                                          WildSwede Mar 14, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                                                          AMEN! ;-) Love Dino's and such a deal!!

                                                                                      2. Servorg Mar 21, 2010 04:57 PM

                                                                                        Polish sausage and a soda at Costco for $1.50

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                                                                                          monku Mar 21, 2010 05:00 PM

                                                                                          Hebrew National or Kirkland 1/4 pound plus?

                                                                                          1. re: monku
                                                                                            Servorg Mar 21, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                                            You know I like both of them. It really hasn't been that big of deal to me...so just call me a hot dog plebe... lol

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg
                                                                                              monku Mar 21, 2010 05:14 PM

                                                                                              For $1.50 I can't complain...maybe there'd a difference in a side by side taste test otherwise they seem to be the same and serve the purpose.

                                                                                          2. re: Servorg
                                                                                            flylice2x Apr 10, 2010 04:31 AM

                                                                                            With Kraut of course!!!

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                                                                                              perk Aug 1, 2012 06:42 PM


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                                                                                            degustateur Mar 21, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                                                            5 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.

                                                                                            Almost enough for two meals.

                                                                                            All damn good!

                                                                                            1050 W Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

                                                                                            1. Bob Brooks Mar 21, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                                              The Banh Xeo at Van's is $4.75 and utterly delicious.

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                                                                                                bad nono Mar 21, 2010 04:34 PM

                                                                                                Pupusas at Con Sabor on Venice & Redondo. I don't have the menu handy but a couple set me back less than $5.

                                                                                                Breakfast: one croissant and one espresso at La Maison du Pain on Pico & Ridgeley

                                                                                                Con Sabor
                                                                                                5105 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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                                                                                                1. re: bad nono
                                                                                                  westsidegal Mar 21, 2010 10:25 PM

                                                                                                  make mine a chocolate croissant, followed by a defibrillator.
                                                                                                  i once watched them cutting stick after stick after stick of butter into that croissant dough.
                                                                                                  they also use a good quality chocolate.. . .
                                                                                                  thankfully i live far from them or i'd be spherical.

                                                                                                  1. re: westsidegal
                                                                                                    bad nono Mar 21, 2010 11:43 PM

                                                                                                    ha ha ha ,I live 5 minutes away and I gained 20 lbs since they opened. I stick to the plain croissant because their pain au chocolat is too rich for me.

                                                                                                2. westsidegal Mar 21, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                  taqueria sanchez:
                                                                                                  3 tacos, whatever type you like
                                                                                                  a burrito

                                                                                                  hungry pocket:
                                                                                                  falafal sandwich

                                                                                                  the good pizza:
                                                                                                  a slice

                                                                                                  abbots pizza:
                                                                                                  a slice

                                                                                                  1. monku Mar 21, 2010 03:45 PM

                                                                                                    Best Fish Taco in Ensenda
                                                                                                    Fish Taco $1.50
                                                                                                    Shrimp Taco $2.00
                                                                                                    Soda $1.00

                                                                                                    1650 Hillhurst Avenue
                                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                    604 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
                                                                                                    Glendale CA


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                                                                                                      NAspy Mar 21, 2010 03:22 PM

                                                                                                      I like the tacos at Tacos Don Jorge on Venice Boulevard by Cattaraugus. It graduated from taco truck to small shop a couple of years ago. Still taco truck prices.

                                                                                                      Tacos Don Jorge
                                                                                                      8693 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                      8 Replies
                                                                                                      1. re: NAspy
                                                                                                        hhewitt Mar 22, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                                                                        Agreed. The al pastor tacos are delicious, the salsas (green and red) are both great too.

                                                                                                        1. re: hhewitt
                                                                                                          Feed_me Mar 13, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                          I believe Tacos Don Jorge is now out of business. Passed by the place a few days ago and noticed the space is empty of tables and chairs. I think the sign is also gone now.

                                                                                                          Tacos Don Jorge
                                                                                                          8693 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                          1. re: Feed_me
                                                                                                            hhewitt Mar 17, 2011 03:42 PM

                                                                                                            Yep, I saw that too. A shame, really. But, I've moved away from near it, so it won't be missed as much by me.

                                                                                                            1. re: hhewitt
                                                                                                              Mattapoisett in LA Aug 31, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                                                              But there is a new restaurant [maybe Columbian or Venezuelan] Arepas, Tamales Empanadas] which are harder to find on the westside It's called Savor and it's in the old Tacos Don Jorge place. the Arepas we had were not bad. I will be back to try more of the menu

                                                                                                              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                                                                                                                Mr Taster Jul 29, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                Did you ever try the ones from Jim Leff's "Sainted Arepa Lady" under the 7 train tracks in Queens, NY? If so, how do these compare?

                                                                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                                                                1. re: Mr Taster
                                                                                                                  Mattapoisett in LA Jul 29, 2012 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, I have not. While spending a lot of time growing up in in New England I can count on one hand how many days I've spent in NYC.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                                                                                                                    Mr Taster Jul 30, 2012 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                    I will add this to my impossibly long list of things to try and report back here when when I get there.

                                                                                                                    By the way, we had some visiting houseguests from Italy and we wanted to take them out for some great Mexican food. This thread reminded us of our visit to Antojitos Carmen (we hadn't been back since our visit with you). Somehow I had forgotten just how good her cooking is. That pambazo is just outrageous.... I don't think I've ever had a sandwich before that I would describe as being succulent, but this one was. I really should add her to my regular rotation. Thanks again to you and Dommy for introducing us to Carmen's cooking.

                                                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                                            2. re: Feed_me
                                                                                                              Norm Man Aug 31, 2011 11:51 PM

                                                                                                              Feed_me, the owners of Tacos Don Jorge went back to operating a taco truck, which they did before opening the brick and motar Tacos Don Jorge. Their new taco truck is called "Mariscos Tacos Y El Compa" (Bandini gets the credit for this info):


                                                                                                              El Compa Restaurant
                                                                                                              7010 Rosecrans Ave, Paramount, CA 90723

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