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Jun 8, 2006 11:48 PM

your top five cheap restaurants in northeast LA/glendale/pasadena?

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leaving out chain restaurants and heavily franchised fast food, although that's not to denigrate such places in any way. cheap = dinner for under $12 and lunch for under $8 and breakfast specials for under $6. more or less.

i'm new to LA and i really like this part of town!

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  1. Tonny's (Pasadean: mexican)

    Connal's (Pasadena: burger, shakes))

    Lebanese Kitchen (Pasadena: lebanese, armenian)

    Wolfe Burger (Pasadena: burgers, burritos)

    QQ (Temple City: taiwanese street food)

    SinBaLa (Arcadia: taiwanese, pork chops, sausages)

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    1. re: ipse dixit

      Tonny's is indeed very good! I noticed that Jonathan Gold has a write-up of that place in the current Weekly.

      1. re: s/c

        I will have to give that place a try when i want some mexican food in the area. Can you tell me what's good there?
        thanks. :)

        1. re: slbear

          Cochinita pibil, for sure! Some of the best I've had anywhere - better, and much more of it than at El Portal, and about 2/3 the price. Good chiles rellenos, too, and my wife loves their goat. AND the carnitas, which I believe Mr. Gold is mentioning this week. Servings are large - 4 of those plates just barely fit on a table.

          What their menu lists as "Aguas Frescas" are drinks juiced to order from fresh fruits and vegetables. The usual Mex-resto aguas frescas are referred to there as "Aguas de Sabor", and are made from commercial mixes and rather watery.

          1. re: Will Owen

            Definitely the carnitas ....

        2. Polka in Glendale at York and Verdugo. Wonderful, home cooked food at inexpensive prices (and you get a lot of food, as well as some of the best soup in LA and salad.)

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          1. re: Tom P

            polka is awesome!!!

            1. re: Tom P

              I agree, Polka is wonderful. Good food, good portions and good people running the place. Very nice. Good prices, too!

              1. re: Tom P

                YEA for POLKA!

                1. re: Tom P

                  polka's OK, but where i grew up (with a predominantly eastern european immigrant population) back in ohio (drew carey's theme song called "moon over parma" refers to a suburb kinda known for the ethnicity), i could get a plate of homemade pierogis sauted in butter and served with sour cream & onions for only $1.35 and then go into a blissful food coma for the rest of the afternoon...

                    1. re: barry

                      and let me guess - rent for a biz there is 10 cents/sf vs. $4/sf in glendale

                  1. 1. Conrads in Glendale and Pasadena (i know lousy coffee shop) -but- has awesome FRIED CHICKEN dinner for $7.99 includes salad (or soup) coleslaw and baked potato.

                    2. Eat Well in Glendale for Breakfast.

                    3. on Glenoaks right where Burbank turns into Glendale is a Kebab place called Cafe Bravo. Not much to look at but really good food.

                    4. I am not a fan but most people like Zankou Chicken (do a directory search)

                    5. Villa Carona on Glendale Bl east of 5fwy great breakfast burritos.

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                    1. re: joea

                      the half fried chicken was an even better deal when it was $5 at conrad's.

                      1. re: barry

                        its still 5 bucks on mondays and wednesdays... i get the chicken everyday. - note: glendale Conrad's

                      2. re: joea

                        Last time I had Conrad's, we ordered the fried chicken and it came out extremely undercooked - never went back after that.

                        1. re: joea

                          I like the potato burritos (with or without egg) at Villa Corona, a tiny little restaurant with a few counter stools, a grill, prep area and fridge.

                        2. I guess it's technically a chain, but I would not leave out the King Taco on Cypress Ave is in your general vicinity. Some of the best carne asada, very good pastor, and a smokey salsa rojo that is to die for. Highland Park is nearby too; there are a slew of Mexican restaurants on York. The link below is to a Jonathan Gold article about

                          King Taco
                          1118 Cypress Ave.
                          Los Angeles, Ca 90065


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                          1. re: Jess

                            Yes! Their salsa rojo is killer!!! When I go, I always order it as a side ($0.49) which comes in a lager container and take the unused portion home. The stuff is awesome on eggs and pizza...

                          2. Pasadena-Gerlach's Grill, great fish plates

                            Eagle Rock-Dave's Grillin & Chillin, delicious sandwiches, especially tuna salad

                            Senor Fish-fish tacos. Also in S. Pasadena

                            Glendale, Pasadena-Zankou chicken

                            Glendale-Lola's Peruvian

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                            1. re: Alan
                              Das Ubergeek

                              A note about Lola's -- while it's pretty tasty (especially the salmon salad they have at lunch), the service is UNBELIEVABLY slow, so you should budget an hour to an hour and a half for lunch.

                              I live in NoHo and have other, better, closer Peruvian places at my disposal, but Lola's isn't bad.

                              1. re: Alan

                                Ditto the sentiment on Gerlach's, but it really isn't "cheap" (at least not per the OP parameters, i.e. dinner for under 12).

                                1. re: ipse dixit

                                  Well ID, given the meal you had at La Cabanita last week, dinner under $12 at Gerlach's might be tough ;)

                                  Each fish plate is around $10 and it's plenty of food for me and I'm 6', 200 lbs. And they usually throw in an extra soup or hummus too. The kebabs are in the $8-10 range I believe. The fish plates are very cheap considering at any other restaurant, it would be double the price and half the size.