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Your favorite way to eat $5

blackbookali Aug 7, 2013 09:34 AM

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)

  1. Mattapoisett in LA Aug 7, 2013 09:40 AM

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

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
      blackbookali Aug 7, 2013 10:37 AM

      it took me a sec, but lol

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        Jase Aug 7, 2013 07:13 PM

        Pork fat and garlic are musts.

      2. A5 KOBE Aug 7, 2013 09:40 AM

        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
          blackbookali Aug 7, 2013 10:28 AM

          A5 -

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

          1. re: blackbookali
            A5 KOBE Aug 7, 2013 12:00 PM


            1. re: A5 KOBE
              blackbookali Aug 9, 2013 01:55 PM

              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
                ns1 Aug 9, 2013 02:07 PM

                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
                  BrewNChow Aug 27, 2013 02:17 AM

                  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
                    Servorg Aug 27, 2013 03:14 AM

                    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
                      kevin Aug 27, 2013 04:07 PM

                      brain taco at Zombie convention ?

                    2. re: BrewNChow
                      ns1 Aug 27, 2013 10:59 AM

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

                      1. re: BrewNChow
                        schrutefarms Aug 28, 2013 10:41 AM

                        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
                    blackbookali Aug 26, 2013 11:26 AM

                    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. PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 10:03 AM

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

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                  blackbookali Aug 7, 2013 11:34 AM

                  is this in Lincoln Heights?

                  1. re: blackbookali
                    PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 11:39 AM

                    Venice/Santa Monica border on Lincoln Blvd.

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                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 07:06 PM

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

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                        PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 07:21 PM

                        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.

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                  mc michael Aug 7, 2013 10:31 AM

                  It's the mirepoix that makes it.

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                    Ernie Aug 7, 2013 10:52 AM

                    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
                      barryc Aug 7, 2013 12:18 PM

                      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.

                      1. re: barryc
                        Ernie Aug 7, 2013 01:01 PM

                        A very Houndly feast!

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                      schrutefarms Aug 7, 2013 11:53 AM

                      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
                        kevin Aug 7, 2013 07:06 PM

                        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

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                          ns1 Aug 9, 2013 02:08 PM

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

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                            schrutefarms Aug 9, 2013 03:01 PM

                            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.

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                              kevin Aug 9, 2013 03:24 PM

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

                              1. re: kevin
                                schrutefarms Aug 9, 2013 03:26 PM

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

                                1. re: schrutefarms
                                  kevin Aug 9, 2013 03:28 PM

                                  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
                                    Servorg Aug 26, 2013 02:29 PM

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

                                    1. re: Servorg
                                      kevin Aug 26, 2013 02:31 PM


                                      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.

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                          Bjartmarr Aug 7, 2013 12:45 PM

                          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. re: Bjartmarr
                            namstermonster Aug 7, 2013 12:58 PM

                            and westminster, i'm supposing.

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                            Jase Aug 7, 2013 07:18 PM

                            Dino's chicken.

                            1. TripleAxel Aug 26, 2013 02:15 PM

                              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. re: TripleAxel
                                Mr Taster Aug 27, 2013 05:16 PM

                                I call your Tacos Leo and raise you a Chiquis


                                Mr Taster

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                                Sam D. Aug 26, 2013 03:52 PM

                                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.
                                  happybaker Aug 26, 2013 10:11 PM

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

                                2. J.L. Aug 26, 2013 07:23 PM

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

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                                    maudies5 Aug 26, 2013 09:29 PM

                                    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.

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                                      happybaker Aug 26, 2013 10:12 PM

                                      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
                                        Mr Taster Aug 27, 2013 05:18 PM

                                        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
                                          kevin Aug 27, 2013 05:54 PM

                                          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.

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                                        happybaker Aug 26, 2013 10:16 PM

                                        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? : )

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                                          LuluTheMagnificent Aug 27, 2013 06:17 AM

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

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

                                          1. aching Aug 27, 2013 08:09 AM

                                            Ice cream sandwich at Milk.

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                                              jessejames Aug 27, 2013 11:43 AM

                                              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. hhewitt Aug 27, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                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. ipsedixit Aug 27, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                  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
                                                    kevin Aug 27, 2013 05:55 PM

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

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