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Where to stay for cheap eats weekend in LA?

My wife and I are planning a trip to LA later this year just for the food. Where would be a good place to base ourselves for access to inexpensive Asian places, esp. Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese? A cheap hotel within walking distance of some good places would be ideal, but we would also be willing to use public transportation to get to other interesting areas, like Mexican taco trucks or anything else cheap and good.

Where would you stay and eat if you had three days in LA and a limited budget? Even just a general area in which to base ourselves would be helpful. Thanks!

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  1. Just to clarify, we're not limited to LA, a suburb would be fine too. This is purely a pleasure trip, and solely for the food. We won't be doing any sightseeing.

    1. The San Gabriel Valley will saturate your visit in almost nothing but food, and most of it very reasonable in price.

      1. If asian is your focus, definitely the SGV, there is a hilton hotel in the heart of valley that would be accessible to everything, the only downside is that it is a hilton and probably not the cheapest option and would go against your wanting to save money. At the same time, if you are coming to la, you should just accept that you are going to drive everywhere. I'd probably stay in pasadena, many decent hotels, not too far from valley blvd and accessible to the freeways going to the westside.

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        1. re: chezwhitey

          There's a Best Western around Colorado & Rosemead in East Pasadena which would probably be adequate and it's not too far from Sea Harbour or Fu-Shing for that matter.

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          Fu-Shing Chinese Restaurant
          2960 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

          sea harbour
          3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

        2. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. San Gabriel Valley sounds perfect for what we want.

          Do Little Tokyo and Chinatown live up to their names? I just found a Japanese hotel (Little Tokyo Hotel) in the area for $40 a night if I can talk my wife into the shared bathroom/shower concept, though I think she'd prefer the Hilton chezwhitney suggested.

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          1. re: Hombre

            Chinatown is more of a historical relic of the Chinese community in LA. Today, it has only a small fraction of the number of Chinese residents as the SGV. If you want the best Chinese food in the LA area, go to the SGV. Parking is easier. And there are plenty of things to do besides eat.

            1. re: Hombre

              If you stay in the SGV, and assuming you have a car, you can always go south on Atlantic Blvd just past the 60 freeway and take the Gold Line (free parking structure) into LT and Chinatown. With no traffic or parking worries once you're there. The LT and Chinatown stations are a short walk to the main sections of those two areas.

              1. re: reality check

                Thanks, I'm beginning to think we will drive (from AZ) to have more flexibility, so this is beginning to sound like the right option.

            2. Downtown would be the best bet for getting a good variety of food and great take off point via metro as all lines converge downtown.
              Depending on when your stay is Downtown has a great variety of food.
              Little Tokyo for Japanese, Grand Central Market , Olvera street for some for some Latin, various happy hours can be a great deal if your here during the week.
              As far as a hotel check out Possibly the Hotel Metro also downtown.
              L.A. is huge, you may want a car one day.

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              Grand Central Market
              317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              Little Tokyo Restaurant
              150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773