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May 16, 2013 06:03 PM

Dino's -- don't be shocked...

..that after maybe a decade with the chicken combo special (spice-marinated flame-grilled half-chicken over a huge mound of fries with cole slaw and tortillas -- I order extra "sauce") at $5.50, today I went for lunch and found that the price has risen to $5.99.

Still a great value.

After my many recommendations for this spot for good, cheap eats around downtown or USC, I just didn't want anyone to be misled by my prior price quote. Yes, this is for the on on the N/W corner of Pico at Berendo, two blocks west of Vermont.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up on the slight price increase -- still one of the best cheap meal deals. Time for a lunch of 2 Dino's chicken plates with extra "juice." Burp!

      1. One of the best things about moving to the center of L.A., is we are SO close to Dinos!! It is still a great value indeed... In fact, sometimes we order a little extra because the fries actually taste quite good re-heated and the chicken cold is an AWESOME addition to homemade salad...


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        1. re: Dommy

          (Sniffle) Stop taunting me! I live a bit far from there, had the chicken just over a year ago for the first time - and I can still remember those fries with the marinade. And yes, they did reheat well. Now that you mention it. (Sigh. Sniffle. Sigh.)

          1. re: Dommy

            Dommy -- Have you and M discovered Carnitas Michaocan, one of my other downtown cheap eats faves. North of Chinatown, east of Dodger Stadium, on North Broadway N/W corner of 19th, parking in back, order at one window pick up at the other. Very good carne asada, even better al pastor if you get it reasonably fresh sliced from the rotisserie. Carne asada fries recently named well towards the top of the LAWeekly's top ten list. I get the al pastor burrito, no beans, extra hot sauce inside the wrap and in the bag.

            Ah, that hot sauce, or salsa roja or salsa negro. Thin, brick-red, smoky, complex, spicy. My favorite in SoCal.

            Open 24/7.

            1. re: nosh

              I've been there, but its been YEARS. When near Dodger Stadium, I'm usually drawn to Mexicali or now Guisados... when going to a game, I actually bring Bay Cities... But I DO have an unnatural love for Carne Asada fries... so I might just have to pay a visit there soon!


              1. re: Dommy

                I go to Zankou's for the garlic paste -- the rotisserie chicken is good, sometimes great, the skin is fantastic, but I go for that garlic paste.

                The hot sauce at Carnitas Michaocan is that special. Carne asada is good, al pastor fresh-cut from that rotisserie spit is better, but I go for that superlative hot sauce.

              2. re: nosh

                Their carne asada, al pastor and other meats are superb; the best around. Even tho it's been almost 25 years since I've eaten there, I still remember the intense flavors of the meat.