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Aug 7, 2013 09:34 AM

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.