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

Bjartmarr Sep 14, 2013 11:46 PM

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?

  1. JAB Sep 15, 2013 06:23 AM

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

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      nosh Sep 15, 2013 06:04 PM


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        Dommy Sep 15, 2013 10:21 PM

        Second the rec for Dinos!

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


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      Thor123 Sep 15, 2013 01:35 PM

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

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        set0312 Sep 15, 2013 10:29 PM

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

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          JAB Sep 16, 2013 05:44 AM

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

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            kevin Sep 16, 2013 04:56 PM

            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.

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          barryc Sep 16, 2013 01:51 PM

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

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            kevin Sep 16, 2013 04:56 PM

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

          2. re: Thor123
            Bjartmarr Nov 7, 2013 02:15 PM

            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.

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              kevin Nov 7, 2013 02:40 PM

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

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                Bjartmarr Nov 8, 2013 08:59 AM

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

          3. Servorg Sep 16, 2013 07:32 AM

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

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              kevin Sep 16, 2013 04:57 PM

              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.

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                nosh Sep 16, 2013 06:05 PM


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                  kevin Sep 16, 2013 06:11 PM

                  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.

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                    nosh Sep 16, 2013 06:15 PM




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                    Servorg Sep 16, 2013 06:14 PM

                    Maybe here (or they also say they have "deals" if you like them on Facebook) http://friendseat.com/coupons/Los-Ang...

              2. Mr Taster Sep 17, 2013 12:36 PM

                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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                  Dommy Nov 7, 2013 02:16 PM

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


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                    Mr Taster Nov 7, 2013 02:30 PM

                    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

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                  Stravinsky Nov 7, 2013 09:55 PM

                  Aladin Indian Market.

                  Simply Pho You.

                  Tacos Jalapenos.

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