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Sep 14, 2013 11:46 PM

Cheap, fast and Chowish, on Vermont north of the 10?

Does anybody have any recommendations for quick and inexpensive (<~$10) dinner stops on Vermont, north of the 10? I'm in the area periodically, usually hungry and with not much time to eat.

Pho Legend is meh. The Galleria Market food court is okay, but is getting monotonous. Driving over to Thai Town takes too long. And I've eaten all the El Flaming Taco I can stand.

Does anybody have any favorites on that particular stretch of road?

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  1. Dino's for the chicken plate for sure and Papa Cristo's if you order carefully.

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      1. re: nosh

        Second the rec for Dinos!

        Another option is Brazillian at Cafe Todo Dia or Bimbimbap at Jeon Ju.


    1. Pollo a la brisas on Western and 8th has great Peruvian chicken.

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      1. re: Thor123

        Ask someone who frequents both Pollo a la Brasas and Dino's, I must suggest Pollo a la Brasas as superior.

        1. re: set0312

          I'd disagree but, I prefer grilled to rotisserie.

          1. re: JAB

            I prefer rotisserie.

            I guess we'll have to agree is disagree or agree to be agreeable. Oh, I can never remember how the oft used proverb goes.

        2. re: Thor123

          if you're talking western & the 10, chabelita for cheap, fast & houndworthy

          1. re: barryc

            Does anyone happen to remember Lighthouse BBQ South of the 10 ?

          2. re: Thor123

            Thanks for the tip. I tried it out last night. $10 gets you half a chicken plus two sides, which was plenty of food.

            The dark meat was pretty tasty; the breast was a little dry. Sides are nothing to write home about. I'd eat there again if I were in the neighborhood and hungry, but it's not the kind of place I would drive for.

            1. re: Bjartmarr

              It's good. I wonder if they have anticuchos on the menu ?

              1. re: kevin

                There was something on the menu board about beef heart. I was in a hurry so I didn't pay too much attention.

          3. A couple of suggestions are Papa Cristo's (you'll need to stick to their sandwiches to keep to your budget) and for Salvadoran food there is MI Querido Pulgarcito Pupuseria Express which is very close to the 10 at 1608 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007
            (323) 735-6602

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            1. re: Servorg

              Papa Cristo's is pretty fucking dope for their overstuffed gyro pitas. And grab an extra jigger of their tzatiksi sauce on the side.

              With a coupon it's only 4.99, without I believe it's 7.99.

                1. re: nosh

                  If you get on their mailing list, Pap Cristo's periodically emails coupons during special periods of time.

                  It's a little erratic. I was unclear on that point.

                  1. re: nosh

                    Maybe here (or they also say they have "deals" if you like them on Facebook)

              1. Is the al pastor taco table still there? Those were freakin' great, though I haven't been in quite some time.

                It was just north of the 10, on the east side of Vermont. They are set up there most evenings. $1 per taco.

                Mr Taster

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                1. re: Mr Taster

                  We go down the route quite often and we haven't seen them for a while sadly. :(


                  1. re: Dommy

                    That's really a shame. I don't remember the first time I went, but it was a long time ago and it was really one of my earliest real Chowhounding experiences.

                    Mr Taster

                2. Aladin Indian Market.

                  Simply Pho You.

                  Tacos Jalapenos.