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Favorite Meal Under $15

Picking up on this thread and suggestion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6959...

So what's your favorite meal under $15? Tax and tip excluded.

Mine? Jar's Chilaquiles ($14)

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  1. Green curry mussels at Larry's, Venice Beach ($12)

    1. I hate being a bean-counter - truly - but assuming a 8.75% sales tax and 20% tip, the $15 all-in meal/dish is actually about $11.50?

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        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Understood, so the menu price would actually be $11.50-max, assuming the tax and tip.

          Edit: Oops - never mind... thanks.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            We all have our brain fart moments, eh? Me probably more so than anyone else here!

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I have chronic cognitive flatulence...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                My old science teacher used to call it "constipation of the brain, diarrhea of the mouth" (hmm, not the greatest imagery for a food discussion board...), and claimed all of us middle-schoolers (at the time) suffered from this ailment.

                1. re: PeterCC

                  Pains and ailments from middle school (junior high back in my day) still haunt me. Don't even get into the heartache of high school...

                  Your rec below on Kiriko's handroll lunch sounds great. I never considered them for lunch. The quantity and weight of the food seems perfect for weekday lunch.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Yes, junior high in my days too. It may be geographically related too--my wife is older than me and grew up in L.A. and went to middle school, which was grades 6-8, but my junior high in Rhode Island was just grades 7-8 (though some jr. highs around were grades 7-9).

                    To stick to the theme of the thread, the $14.50 hand roll lunch is the only lunch that fit the criteria that I would go with. The sushi lunch sets were actually not very good at Kiriko (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8485... for a rather harsh--for me--review of their sushi moriawase). I usually go with the hand roll lunch or the $40 lunch sushi omakase and really none of the other lunch specials in between those price points.

      1. Metro Cafe's Chevapchichi (14.95) or goulash w/ mushrooms (13.95).

        1. Easy.

          Smokey Fried Chicken @ Plan Check.
          $13

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          1. re: latindancer

            Plan Check PASTRAMI NOSH sandwich with double smoked pastrami, melty swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, sunny fried egg $12

            1. re: wienermobile

              You're killing' me..... I just had at last week and now I want it AGAIN...... yes, this is a close tie for my number one with above....

              1. re: wienermobile

                Had both the pastrami and the chicken for lunch today. Topped off by the crullers. Felt very decadent to have all those flavors. I find the food quality and quantity to price ratio at Plan Check one of the best around.

                1. re: Jase

                  Those crullers are killer, aren't they? I agree, best. place. around.

            2. pizza margherita at 800 degrees along with a salad
              super burrito at The Spot
              ceviche in inglewood
              prik king with rice at ayara thai cuisine
              any of the salads along with Prik Pao at Thai Boom
              Mao's hometown along with rice at Mao's Kitchen in venice
              combo plate at bawarchi
              combo plate at samosa house on culver at berryman
              not positive, but i believe the combo plates at rahel are still below $15. . .

              1. Langer's HOT PASTRAMI sandwich $13.50
                If you go with a #19 you are 20 cents over at $15.20.

                1. Brent's Black Pastrami Rueben $14.95 with your choice of a side included (go with the potato pancakes).

                  1. Son of a Gun fried chicken sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli $11.00

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Hahaha, how many favorites are we allowed to have??

                    2. The sloppy roast pork sandwich with provolone, fried broccoli rabe & garlic mayo at.Next Door By Josie ($14)

                      1. forgot to mention:
                        most of the stews, specialty rice dishes, and the starters that are served at Shamshiri Grill.
                        their food is served with flatbread that they make at the restaurant, so good!

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                        1. re: westsidegal

                          I still need to try Shamshiri, but in the same vein, the lunch tahchin lamb for $12.95, lunch gaimeh for $9.95, or dinner gaimeh, bademjan, or gaimeh bademjan for $14.95 each, at Shaherzad.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            fwiw to you,
                            if money matters at lunchtime, sherizade offers their "lunch specials" which include most of what is available on the regular menu, for well under $15 a serving including the warm bread, rice, garnish (tomatos and onions on the skewered dishes.
                            i believe they offer this lunch deal during weekday lunchtimes until 3pm

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              Thanks, I saw on their lunch menu online (http://shaherzadrestaurant.com/Lunch_...) but I only order the lamb from their kabob entrees, which they don't offer those on their lunch specials unfortunately. Otherwise, I get the stews that I previously listed or the tahchin rice.

                              1. re: PeterCC

                                well, for lunch then, go to Shamshiri Grill, they DO serve lamb kebab as a lunch special until 3 PM during the week.

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  Thanks! I'll have to do that sometime! It's been on our radar, but we've defaulted to Shaherzad for Persian each time. I know, not very Chowhound of me to always go the safe route. ;-)

                                  (Actually, we branched out to Javan once, and, while it wasn't bad, it was not nearly as good as Shaherzad, in our opinion.)

                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                    We like Shaherzad - seems more Persian-ish. Shamshiri is very good, the portions tend to be gigantic. It's rarely sparse in the dining room - the crowd is more diverse.

                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                      I have tried Sheherzad but Shamshiri clearly won out as a lunch rotation regular. Their lunch specials -- ranging from $7.95-9.95 -- include one skewer of kabobs or koobideh (or a slightly lesser portion of shwarma) with a big mound of rice, grilled tomato, onion and pepper, and a choice of salad or soup (I like the sharazi salad -- diced cucumber, onion, tomato and herbs in a lemon dressing.

                                      1. re: nosh

                                        AND virtually all their stews are available as lunch specials as well

                        2. Educator burrito enchilada style, at El Tepeyac (~$10).

                          1. Three hand roll lunch at Kiriko for $14.50. Choose three among the following: spicy tuna, spicy salmon, spicy yellowtail, negihama (yellowtail and scallion), salmon skin, avocado, cucumber, eel and avocado, or blue crab. The last two choices have a $1 upcharge each.

                            I generally get the negihama, the salmon skin, and the blue crab, which technically pushes it over the $15 limit with the latter roll's upcharge, but I've been getting negihama and double salmon skins lately, which keeps it under $15. It also comes with a salad and miso soup, so it really is a good deal.

                            1. just remembered another:
                              get an assortment of food from the DELI COUNTER of papa cristos.
                              i much prefer the food available at their deli counter to the prepared food they serve.
                              the BEST feta cheese, EXCELLENT bread, terrific olives, etc.

                              also, though this is a very far-fetched idefinition of a meal:
                              two adult servings of bulgarini gelato at tea forest.

                              1. I just had the ROASTED TURKEY dinner Smothered with Rich Brown Gravy Served
                                with Homemade Cranberry Sauce & Cornbread Stuffing and two sides (I had collard greens and mashed potaots) at Pann's and it was wonderful. Comfort food grand slam and under $12 bucks!

                                1. On a day like this?

                                  2 orders of Shaved Snow at Class 302.

                                  A green tea and a mango. Thank you very much.

                                  1. Polenta con uova at Cafe Verona $10.95.