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Your favorite way to eat $5

Mine include "the sandwich" at Roma Grocery and Deli in Pasadena, a torta at Tacos y Tumbras, the small tuna at Jersey Mikes and a classic burger at Juicy. A combination of convenience, consistency and most importantly thrifty lip smacking, I am looking for more meals to stretch my dollar. So what are yours?

PS = $5 give or take(a few of my selects are $5.50 so there is always room to wiggle)

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  1. A little butter and salt for my $5 bill makes it go down easy.

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      1. Carnitas Los Reyes burrito or 4 tacos
        Portos Cuban sand
        Chile relleno burrito at La Azteca
        3x2 at In n Out

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          A5 -

          Regarding the In n Out; is that 3 patties and 2 slices of cheese?

            1. re: A5 KOBE

              I was planning my trip for a 3X2 and was wondering, as that is a fair amount of meat and cheese for an In n Out bun, what are you toppings? I like getting LTO, sometimes animal style or sometimes grilled onion in lieu of raw onion but slippage seems to be a potential issue . . .

              1. re: blackbookali

                if you get it fully loaded it will be a messy beast and the bun won't handle it.

                to compensate, get the bun extra toasty.

                My "pig" meal - double double animal style both kinds of onions extra toasted bun

                the x-toast is crucial.

                1. re: ns1

                  There's three kinds of onions... you can also get whole grilled.

                  I think the hot chilies are essential and I ditch the lettuce.

                  1. re: BrewNChow

                    I have to try the hot chiles. Can't believe I've gone this long with having them as an adder. I do routinely get the 3X2, and with regular toppings the bun does just fine with extra toasting. But then again I tend to inhale that like a brain taco at a Zombie convention.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      brain taco at Zombie convention ?

                    2. re: BrewNChow

                      I've done whole grilled before and I don't care to do it again. It was just too damn much.

                      1. re: BrewNChow

                        How hot are the chilis? They looked like banana peppers or some kind of mild, vinegary pepper to me, but I didn't try them because I'm super wimpy when it comes to spice.

                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                    my props for the 3x2 recommend. I tweaked out with a 4x1 but in general a 3x2 is a hell of a baseline at in n out.

                    all the juicy details are here:

              2. Four tacos (lengua & chicharron is my preference) at La Playita.

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                  1. re: blackbookali

                    Venice/Santa Monica border on Lincoln Blvd.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      how is their seafood ? i thought that was where it was for cheaper priced mexi ceviche and fish tacos ? and cocktails

                      1. re: kevin

                        I don't care for their ceviche as much, as they basically mince the seafood for some reason--too small pieces. The coctels are excellent but prices have gone up, though still competitive. I usually get the meat-based tacos rather than the seafood ones.

                1. It's the mirepoix that makes it.

                  1. BBQ pork bánh mì ($2.75) and four chả giò egg rolls (50¢ a piece) at Bánh Mì Mỹ-Tho

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                    1. re: Ernie

                      brought two banh mi from BMMT this morning to LAX (and their bad wi-fi), four tacos from the arturo's tacos truck at fair oaks and bellevue in pasadena last night. driving any farther from s.pas for me incurs a fuel surcharge.

                    2. In N Out

                      Carnys (surprisingly cheap)

                      food trucks at lunchtime across the street from LACMA, my faves being the Kogi truck, and the sliders on Kings Hawaiian rolls (I forgot the name)

                      the pre-made Cuban wrap from Trader Joes

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                      1. re: schrutefarms

                        Carney's yeah,

                        but each dog is close to 4 bucks and i need a soda with it.

                        so three chili dogs, soda = over $12

                        1. re: kevin

                          yeah but you eat like a glutton (and I mean that in the nicest way possible)

                          1. re: kevin

                            I usually get a burger, frie and coke. I think it's around $6. A few more bucks if I get a beer instead of a soda.

                            1. re: schrutefarms

                              for some reason, i've never gottten a beer there.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Standard American beers, I think. A Bud certainly goes well with a cheesebuger eaten from a carboard box-tray.

                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                  oh, yeah.

                                  i'm just thinking out loud that i have never tried it.

                                  and i think i know why. usu, i hit it up late after the bars or restaurants have closed.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Friday and Saturday, after 2AM (the only two days they are open after midnight), no alcohol (per ABC reg's)

                                    1. re: Servorg


                                      Now whatever happened to the proposed legislation to lengthen drinking hours ? It's probably a good thing it did not pass the CA state senate.

                        2. Two banh mi thit nuong at Banh Mi Buu Dien in Chinatown. One for lunch, one for dinner.

                          There are better banh mi out there, but I rarely go to SGV, SFV, or South Bay.

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                            1. 5 tacos from Tacos Leo should do the trick, or 1 quesedilla al pastor plue 1 lengua taco. $5 either way. Otherwise, a small bowl of Spicy Boat Noodles at either HoyKa or Pad Ord will do the trick.

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                              1. Cuban sandwich at Porto's
                                Pastrami dip or the chicken at Dino's
                                1/4 lb. burger at Troy Burger in Highland Park
                                Chili dog at Tommy's
                                Several different places at the Grand Central Market
                                The half-price tacos (59¢) on Tuesday at Tacos Mexico in Echo Park

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                                1. re: Sam D.

                                  The cuban sandwich at portos? Awesome! And if you get it to eat there, it comes with plaintain chips. Yum...

                                2. Sashimi, usu-zuruki style. With a dash of yuzu ponzu.

                                  1. Loved my bowl of clam chowder at Santa Monica Seafood yesterday. Actually, they call it a cup, but it comes in a bowl and is a generous serving. I think it is exactly $5.00. I had the New England style. I also like the Manhattan style. Good deal and I enjoy sitting at the counter watching the oysters being shucked.

                                    1. Taking my hubby to get two "single" (you get two small different scoops per single) at Scoops.

                                      Just over $5 and worth oh so much more!

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                                      1. re: happybaker

                                        Scoops could *SO* be FUB™ if it wanted to be. Good for them for being ethical in their pricing scheme.

                                        Mr Taster

                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                          Scoops is a perfect example, the paragon, of what could be a fucking upmarket joint. You are so right on that note.

                                          It's got the trendy location that has been slowly gentrifying, catty corner from LACC. There's art to spare on the walls. The clientelle of the "hipster" ilk for lack of a better term. And there's that cool Caldwell-esque inspired mobile of a bunch of oversized plastic spoons.

                                          And yet when it opened back in the mid 2000s, a double scoop would cost you a more than fair $2.

                                      2. If you want a full meal, aka savory, then one order shrimp har gow, one order pork shu mai and one bbq pork bun at CBS seafood downtown, the to-go area. You'll be full and happy and just hitting the $5 mark.

                                        Take some change and throw it in the "tip" box. You've just spent $5 for a nice meal why not? : )

                                        1. Pork Burrito at El Abajeno. http://s3-media2.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphot...

                                          Nice and big. I get mine with meat sauce on top.

                                          1. Ice cream sandwich at Milk.

                                            1. Yogurtland -- always choose wisely on the lighter toppings ie fruity pebbles or capn crunch and peanuts not liquid fudge and you can really pile on a ton for a fin. Free samples a plus.

                                              1. I love the milanesa de pollo cemita from the truck outside Smart & Final on Venice Blvd near Motor Ave. The truck was called Angelica, now it's Latinos Catering. The cemita was $5, but it's now $6 (so, within a large wiggle of $5). Same huge, tasty cemita – make sure to get extra salsa chipotle.

                                                1. Triple scoop at Thrifty's

                                                  Chocolate chip

                                                  All in a waffle cone, no less.

                                                  ... and money to spare for that gum ball machine.

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                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Make that a triple with black cherry, coconut pineapple, and butter pecan and I'm so there.