Looking for a cheap place to eat isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes you can find an inexpensive spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner that actually gives you the satisfaction that any fancy, high-priced restaurant can provide. Cheaper spots also make it easier to decide what you want, and having certain cravings helps narrow choices down from there. Here are the best cheap spots that Los Angeles has to offer for grabbing a bite.
1. Dino's Chicken & Burgers
Hamburgers and chicken are usually the go-to meals for most people, and there’s no better place in LA to find cheap meals like these than at an establishment that has them in its name. Dino’s Famous Chicken can be served on its own or with fries, rice, beans or salads, and burgers range from regular hamburgers to cheesburgers to chili burgers, single and double.
If chicken and burgers isn’t what you’re looking for, Dino’s has other options like hot dogs, BLTs, tacos, quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches. The breakfast menu offers combinations of egg, ham, bacon and sausage sandwiches if you’re craving Dino’s early in the day. It even has breakfast burritos with combinations of all meats.
Dino's Chicken & Burgers
Address: 2575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Contact: +1 2133803554
Website: Dino’s Chicken & Burgers
2. The Apple Pan
For those looking for more variety in their meals, The Apple Pan may be the most appropriate choice, especially for those looking for a place with a more classic vibe through its food. The restaurant is also perfect for steak-lovers, especially those looking to make a sandwich out of it. Other burgers are available, and customers have the option to make combos. Tuna and egg salads are also offered for those looking to have a lighter meal.
Pie lovers are sure to love this place as well, with options ranging from apple to pecan. You can also choose to add cream if you’re looking for an extra sugar rush, or maybe just go for the ice cream in that case.
The Apple Pan
Address: 10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Contact: +1 3104753585
3. Tsujita La
You may be craving Japanese food instead, in which case, Tsujita La is right for you. The ramen and noodles are the real winners of the restaurant, as you can smell them as soon as you enter the building. The tsukemen and tonkotsu dishes are stewed for 60 hours so that you experience the best tasting ramen, and you can choose to have the noodles cooked either hard, medium or soft.
Other options include pork, boiled eggs, green onion, salmon and bamboo shoot. Designs of the restaurant aimed at providing an authentic Japanese dining experience include an elongated bar, big square tables for group dinners and geometric patterns on the walls and ceiling.
Address: 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Contact: +1 3102317373
Website: Tsujita La
If breakfast or lunch is what’s on your mind, even if the time of the day doesn’t line up with it, you’ll want to check our LA’s Eat. Breakfast offerings include omelets, French toast, pancakes, egg dishes and even breakfast sandwiches and pastas. For lunch, burgers range from the Turkey Burger to the Garden Burger, for those looking to eat slightly lighter, to the Great Gatsby Burger, if you’re looking for a something covered in bacon and barbecue sauce.
Eat has other options for those looking for a greener meal, such as wraps (chicken and even shrimp) and salads ranging from Cobb to Steak. Drinks also vary, from milk and tomato juice to soda and hot chocolate.
Address: 11108 W Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601
Contact: +1 8187604787
Mexican food might be what you’re craving, and Guisados has plenty of options to satisfy. Tacos are the main appeal, coming in steak, chorizo and other forms. Customers also have the option to add chili, except for the Chiles Toreados, for notable reasons. You can even order a vegan taco if you’re looking for extra green in your meal.
Other choices include camarones and quesadillas, and drinks come in unique mixes. The Limon is a combo of lemon and lime water, and the Horchata is made up of cinnamon rice milk. The samplers let you try different kinds of tacos, which should help you decide what you’ll have for lunch.
Address: 2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Contact: +1 3232647201
6. Top Round Roast Beef
Sometimes all you’re looking for is a good sandwich that doesn’t consist of chicken or burgers, in which case, Top Round Roast Beef is the best spot for you. Roast beef sandwiches come with cheese, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions and/or blue cheese, and breakfast sandwiches offer the “Steak & Egg” and “BLT.”
However, you do have the more common options of chicken sandwiches, along with classic and cheese hot dogs. The vegetarian meals vary from Kale Slaw to the “Big Salad,” which comes with avocado, blue cheese, candied pecans and the option of adding chicken. Fries also vary, ranging from curly to gravy.
Top Round Roast Beef
Address: 1000 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Contact: +1 3235499445
Website: Top Round Roast Beef
7. Luv2eat Thai Bistro
You may be digging Thai food, so check out Luv2eat to see if they’ve got what you’re looking for. Pad meals let you add protein, broccoli, eggs, green onion and special sauces to your noodles. Combining different food is among the recommendations that people who have eaten there provide. Appetizers range from egg rolls to pork jerky, curry and soup offerings vary, and salads are available to those looking to eat light. Iced tea and coffee are also available, as are hot tea and soda. Rice varieties make up most of the side orders, as do fried and boiled eggs.
Luv2eat Thai Bistro
Address: 6660 Sunset Blvd P, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Contact: +1 3234985835
Website: Luv2eat Thai Bistro
Sometimes you may just want anything as long as it has eggs in it, in which case, check out Eggslut. Egg sandwiches comes with bacon, sausage, cheese and other options, and the egg salad is mixed with honey mustard, aioli and arugula. The restaurant’s drinks are simple, include fresh orange juice, hot or cold brew coffee and bottled coke.
The restaurant’s popular Slut option comes with chives and a slice of baguette on a potato puree, and you can either get a salad or a chocolate chip cookie for a side. Eggslut makes sure that all of its bread is made locally and delivered fresh every day.
Address: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: +1 2136250292
Looking at Los Angeles's options
A cheap meal can sometimes be the most satisfying, and Los Angeles has got plenty of choices that offer variety. Some restaurants are specific, such as Japanese, Thai and Mexican establishments, while others go for the simple breakfast and lunch offerings. There are some that go for the popular burger and chicken options, while others try to be a little different with steak and egg sandwiches. No matter what you’re craving, LA is sure to have something for you.
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