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Jul 15, 2013 04:52 PM

What's your favorite restaurant in town that is under $15 per before tax and tip

Any cuisine is fine. Just the paramters are what would be your favorite.

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  1. Langer's but you can't get any sides or a drink. Hot pastrami on rye $13.50 Is just water ok? You are over budget for a #19 by 50 cents.

    8 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      The cost of a soft drink at langers is obscene.

        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          $2.95 for soda, ice tea, lemonade or a Dr. Browns.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Which basically means you're at 20 bucks for a sandwich and a drink, not including tip.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Not arguing that point but the total cost of a trip to Langer's makes it a special occasion lunch for this poor ass 'hound.

                You can easily drop 50 bucks (after tax/tip) on 2 soft drinks 2 sandwiches 1 fries.

                1. re: ns1


                  Very easily.

                  And I don't think it really flies as a neighborhood deli, but then again it's not a neighborhood deli.

                  1. re: ns1

                    It's even worse when you forget about the parking lot, park at a meter on street cleaning day, and get a ticket.

                    Still, the sandwich is great

      1. hoyka thai noodle.

        15pp = eat like a king status

        13 Replies
        1. re: ns1

          +1. Their roast duck and boat noodles...

          1. re: omieurhomie

            +1, although lately I've been digging on the hoyka noodles too.

            Also been exploring the menu a little bit more - papaya salad w/ crispy pork + fried pork appetizer = awesome.

            that fried pork appetizer is the culinary equivalent of fried crack. Good enough to be ordered as a to-go item, to be snacked on while watching TV later.

            1. re: ns1

              i usually get this thai salad thing that's extraordinary, in that i've never tasted anything (except maybe in burma) that tastes quite like it.
              i can't remember the name, but i see thai folks ordering it. it's a bunch of separate ingredients, served with a cup of...dip/sauce/goo and a fish ball or two.
              i'm not even sure how to eat it, but it sure is good.

              1. re: linus

                i need to know what this is NOW.

                1. re: ns1

                  i searched the pics on yelp and didn't recognize it, and there wasn't an intelligible photo of the complete menu, either.
                  i can't remember if it was on the menu or the specials board, but they've had it every time i've gone there.

                  darn it, i wish i could help you out and remember more.
                  it has a funky, herbal flavour that's unique, even for quality l.a. thai joints. maybe there are some noodles in it after all.
                  but it comes with everything separated on the plate.
                  i'll bet tonyc knows what it is.


              2. re: ns1

                haha funny you mentioned that papaya salad ns1. I noticed that on the blackboard AFTER I ordered my noodles... I guess I have to go back soon!

                1. re: omieurhomie

                  I didn't even NOTICE the blackboard until my 10th visit or so.

                  1. re: ns1

                    haha yeah it's tucked away in the corner. So sneaky.

            2. re: ns1

              Is this the tiny place on Hollywood near Western, in the space that (back in the 80s) used to be a Mongolian BBQ?

                1. re: ns1


                  I just discovered HoyKa a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty good, but I prefer the nearby Pa Ord. Maybe I didn't order quite the right thing (no complaints, though).

                  1. re: Jack Flash

                    I would be inclined to go to Pa Ord more often if they weren't so freaking busy - I could never get in/out of there within my 90 minute lunch.

                    I didn't find Pa Ord noticeably better than Hoyka the few times I went, so I go to the restaurant where I can actually get seated in a reasonable amount of time.

                    1. re: ns1

                      I see. I've been fortunate to go to Pa Ord at non-peak hours (e.g., 6:00 pm yesterday) and have had no trouble either parking or getting my food (got there, ordered takeout and was on my way home in <15 minutes).

            3. Yang Chow with a group.

              1. Cafe Verona, 201 S. LaBrea.

                1. Tie between Beverly Soon Tofu in Ktown and San Marcos in Van Nuys