When I was asked to contribute to the L.A. Food project, I decided to ask the KCET.org web team about their favorite places to eat, but with one little rule: the meal had to cost less than $10, not including drinks (order water!). Cheap food? That's my favorite kind! I've also included Yelp.com ratings for each restaurant, so don't just take our word for them!
The map below shows the location of each eatery, and you can also follow the ratings link for each restaurant for addresses.
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Let's see what the minds behind KCET.org came up with:
Gary Dauphin, Site Manager/Editor
Despite a fiery late-night sabotage in June, Taco Zone is still a great place for cheap and delicious Mexican food. With tacos costing only $1.25, you can get a heaping portion before getting anywhere close to spending $10. The truck parks on Alvarado Boulevard two blocks North of Sunset Boulevard by Vons.Yelp rating: 4.5 stars.
James Bourne, Intern
UCLA students, Westside kids, and anyone else willing to enter a no-frills hole in the wall know that when you look at price and taste together, Mongols on Gayley in Westwood Village can't be beat. Featuring an all-you-can-cram-into-your-bowl style Mongolian flattop barbecue, Mongols is a great place to go for a quick, big, and delicious meal. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
Mare Mazur, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production
What's the best thing on the menu? The only thing on the menu! That's how my conversation with Mare Mazur went when I asked her about her favorite cheap eating spot. Best Fish Taco is known for living true to its name: by offering the best shrimp and fish tacos available. It's cheap and it's delicious: fish tacos are only a dollar and shrimp tacos are only two. Yelp rating: 4 stars
Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
Connor Lefler, Web Video Editor
Connor recommends a self-titled pizza joint. It isn't a secret then that it makes this list for its awesome pizzas. Regulars will tell you that you should order the Grandma, a pizza exactly as delicious as its name is dull. If you are on a diet but get dragged in, Tomato Pie also offers subs for $7.50. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Kate Fulton, Associate Producer
Both Kate and numerous online reviewers had the same thing to say about Daikokuya: it's the best ramen in Los Angeles. With bowls of their delicious ramen running for $8.50 and their sushi options for even less, this restaurant is a great place to stop while exploring Little Tokyo or City Hall. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Gwynn Dandridge-Perry, Associate Producer
Live entertainment, awesome food, late hours, and low prices are just a few of the great things brought together by Thai Patio on Hollywood Boulevard. It also doesn't take a regular customer to appreciate the generous portions, so you'll have leftovers for some other meal. The recommended order? The garlic fish according to Gwynn. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
Vera Valentine, Departures Designer
There are few eating experiences as great as a fresh bagel out of the oven. Not only can you get a meal here for way under $10, you can get an entire baker's dozen for less than that! There's always a classic bagel with cream cheese, but try a jalapeno cheese bagel to spice things up a bit. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Diego Nuñez, Producer
With a fantastic array of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern choices, Café Bravo is the go-to spot in Los Angeles for kebob. Diego says that he can go with a friend on $20 and still have leftovers, so you get more than a meal for under $10. Steady choices include the chicken kebob and the charred tomato and pepper dish. Café Bravo started with its Glendale location, but has recently expanded with a second eatery in Silverlake. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Philip Dunn, Creative Director
The first Zankou may have been in Beirut, Lebanon, but the chain is 100% Southern California now. Offering authentic (no really!) Mediterranean food at fantastic prices (hence making this list), Zankou is the perfect place to go when you're in the mood for that great pita wrap. With locations all over the Southern California area, you won't have to travel far. Yelp rating: 4 stars.
Good Girl Dinette
Anna Jordan-Douglas, Project Manager
Don't be fooled by the name, this isn't a roller-skates, poodle skirt, shake and burger type of place. In fact, this Highland Park hotspot is a Vietnamese fusion inspired by an American diner. Anna recommends the Grandpa's Porridge, which she says made her feel great when she was sick and not feeling well.She also recommended the rice cakes with crispy scallion tofu and any of the curries. Yelp rating: 3.5 stars.