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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. . .