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Apr 13, 2013 06:39 PM

Best Eats for $2

...not including tax or possible tip.

My first thoughts are:

-- Croissant at Amandine ($1.95 takeout).
-- Four regular crunchy tacos at Del Taco (49 cents each) drenched in the del scorcho hot sauce mixed with a little of their hot salsa.
-- Two potato balls at Portos Bakery (under a buck each).
-- Ice cream sandwich at Diddy Riese (is it $1.75 now?).
-- Cinnamon roll, glazed, fried, crisp variety (current favorite is the donut shop on the N/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Sawtelle, $1.30).
-- Fries, well-done at Tommy's Burger ($1.90? for big order, I go to the location in Santa Monica on Pico and Lincoln -- they get the crispy right).

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    1. A hot dog or Polish sausage at Costco -- $1.50, including refillable drink.

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      1. re: ozhead

        A hot dog or Polish sausage at Costco -- $1.50,

        I think this is the best food deal in CA and the rest of the US.

        Ps-I like the hot Dog a lot better than the Polish sausage

        1. re: Scotty

          Their hot dogs are really the best. We buy the big pkg of them (3lbs, i think). Just wish they would make/sell buns big enough to fit.

          1. re: Scotty

            was just here yesterday, $1.63 with tax. Also polish is a lot better than hot dog IMO, and the kirkland polish better than HN. YMMV :)

          1. Any dim sum item from Dim Sum Express. Heck, 90% of those would qualify for "Best Eats for $1"

            Thrifty's (aka Rite-Aid) ice cream

            19 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit

              Man! Used to love the Thrifty's black cherry flavor as a kid. Is it still under $2?

              I'll add El Chavito Taco Truck in Huntington Beach. 2 small tacos, any meat filling for $1. Also, burrito for $2.

              1. re: Porthos

                I believe a triple scoop is 1.99.

                I remember when I was wee-little 'Hound, a triple scoop was something ridiculous like 45 cents. It was either a triple scoop or two games of Millipede.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  When I was little it was 5 cents a scoop or 15 cents for a triple at Thrifty.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Nice. You can tell age by the cost of a triple scoop at Thrifty's as a kid.

                    Think it was 50 cents-ish when I was a kid too. Picked that every time over Millipede. No brainer. Childhood obesity was a problem back then also. Swanson's chicken pot pies at 50 cents each in the frozen food section didn't help either.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      One of my first jobs was scooping at Baskin-Robbins. Summer of '70 -- single cone was 18 cents, two-scoop 30 cents, shake or ice-cream soda 50 cents. (My pay was $1.15/hr, raised to $1.25.)

                      1. re: nosh

                        My first job was at Baskin Robbins. 1966. Pico and La Cienega. But I have to say, the "Burgundy Cherry" at Thrifty, (as it was then called before legal issues required the change of name to Black Cherry), was better than our stuff.

                        1. re: nosh

                          Haha, my 1st job was Baskin-Robbins as well-'94-'95. Did you know if a cake is dented, it can't be sold, and therefore a lucky employee gets to take it home/ (wink, wink) BTW, does anyone remember a flavor called Choc O' the Irish? It was around during St Patricks Day, and I've never seen it since. Irish Cream ice cream with hunks of fudgey brownies-sooooo good!!

                          1. re: schrutefarms

                            How much for a single or double scoop cone then? How much did you get paid?

                            I loved the cinnamon flavor they had for awhile back then.

                            1. re: nosh

                              Oh, wow, I can't remember how much it was! I will say that I remember it being kind of pricy! Or maybe it was because I was making $4.25/hr, so everything was pricy! I left there the next year to hostess at Louises Trattoria for a cool $6/hour, I was really climbing that ladder! :)
                              I never had cinnamon, it sounds delicious!

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Yes, it may be a deal, and yes my parents took me there but just an FYI most of what is in Thrifty's Ice Cream is WAX AKA PARAFFIN. Keeps it from melting. Also cheaper then cream.

                      1. re: kjonyou

                        You you have a link to back this up?

                        This is what I found:

                        "But don't think for a minute that the factory is skimping on ingredients.

                        Thrifty ice cream uses imported confectionery ingredients and adds real chunks of fruit and cookie pieces to ice cream, which contains a respectable 10.25 percent amount of butterfat. (Most premium ice creams contain about 12-16 percent butterfat)."


                        1. re: Porthos

                          Aren't there rules about what can and cannot be called ice cream? I believe it has to have a certain amount of butterfat in order to be labeled ice cream. Otherwise, it's called "frozen dairy dessert".

                          I just did a quick google search and came up with this. Man, Breyers has really gone downhill. Yuck.


                          1. re: jencounter

                            I'm no expert or anything, but there are probably rules to how much wax and paraffin the FDA allows to put in food.

                            Not to mention that wax is hard at those temperatures and probably do not create a texturally pleasant product. Which explains why gum is probably used as stabilizers.


                        2. re: kjonyou

                          "Yes, it may be a deal, and yes my parents took me there but just an FYI most of what is in Thrifty's Ice Cream is WAX AKA PARAFFIN. Keeps it from melting. Also cheaper then cream."

                          yeah I don't believe this for a second.

                      2. re: Porthos

                        Black Cherry is the best!! (Well, actually, it shares that title with Chocolate Malted Crunch!) Nice to see someone shares my taste for it! All my friends call me an "old lady" for getting black cherry. I say, good, more for me!

                        1. re: schrutefarms

                          I liked the bing cherry at Sav-On. Lots of cherries mixed in and the folks behind the counter were very generous with their scoops.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            oh, yeah, the black cherry and that coconut pineapple crap. I have to have it every so often.

                      3. re: ipsedixit

                        Those cylindrical ice cream scoopers are truly a world wonder

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Even now, the Rite-Aid ice cream is an incredible bargain.

                        2. When I was working in Culver City last year. I would go to Sorrento Market on Sepulvada .I remember their half sandwich at a super value. I think it was under $2.00. Correct me if I was wrong. I loved that place.