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Best Los Angeles Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Los Angeles. As an added bonus, we've broken it up by regions to save you precious gas money.

Westside
Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Midtown

Santa Monica/Malibu
Downtown/Silver Lake
San Fernando Valley
San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena
South Bay

Inland Empire

View the Top 10 Cheap Eats Restaurants in Los Angeles



WESTSIDE

The Apple Pan Burgers
Quick Bite
10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Longtime home of burgers and apple pie. More...

Attari Sandwich Shop Persian
Quick Bite
1388 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Palm-lined Persian oasis specializing in vegetarian soup, afternoon kebabs and the compelling kuku, a fluffy green quiche. More...

Rancho Park Gardens Diner
12/20
Dining Room at Rancho Park Gardens, Los Angeles, CA Rancho Park Golf Course
10460 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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An old-school diner at the Rancho Park Golf Course. More...

Samosa House East Indian
Quick Bite
10700 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Modern in appearance, this vegetarian Indian eatery is a sibling to the west side’s Samosa House market and bazaar. More...

BEVERLY HILLS/HOLLYWOOD/MIDTOWN

Ebisu Sushi & Teriyaki Sushi
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Ebisu Sushi & Teriyaki, Los Angeles, CA 6234 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

A no-nonsense but friendly restaurant serving fresh sushi and teriyaki at good value. More...

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop Healthy
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Beverly Hills, CA 9671 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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An eco-friendly salad joint for healthy eaters in a hurry, offering a build-your-own-salad option. More...

Jitlada Thai
13/20
5233 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Authentic Thai café serving rarely-seen specialties since the 1980s. More...

Mulberry Street Pizzeria Pizza
Quick Bite
240 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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New York-style pizza, topped with everything from pepperoni and cheese to chicken Parmesan. More...

Pink's Famous Chili Dogs Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Pink 709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Pink's has been slinging ripe, bursting-with-flavor beef hot dogs into fresh buns for longer than almost anyone can remember. More...

Short Order Burgers
13/20
Dining Room at Short Order, Los Angeles, CA Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Great burgers in a pure Americana atmosphere at the Farmers Market. More...

Wurstkuche Sausages
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Wurstkuche, Los Angeles, CA 800 E. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Gourmet and exotic grilled sausages, complemented by Belgian fries and imported beers. More...

SANTA MONICA/MALIBU

bolivar cafe & gallery South American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at bolivar cafe & gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1741 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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This Santa Monica café with free Wi-Fi offers a variety of salads, sandwiches and arepas (South American corncakes). More...

Cha Cha Chicken Caribbean
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Cha Cha Chicken, Santa Monica, CA 1906 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Caribbean food in a casual al fresco setting near the beach. More...

The Counter Burgers
12/20
Dining Room at The Counter, Santa Monica, CA 2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Custom-built burgers to satisfy even the wildest imaginations are found at this national chain. More...

Gilbert's El Indio Mexican
11/20
2526 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Family-run Gilbert's packs in the faithful, for straight-ahead versions of Mexican favorites, home-style specialties, margaritas by the pitcher and terrific chips, salsa and pickled carrots. More...

Howdy's Taqueria Malibu Mexican
Quick Bite
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd., #3
Malibu, CA 90265
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Beach-adjacent taqueria delivers a menu of Mexican-American favorites. More...

Lattitude Thai Restaurant Thai
13/20
Dining Room at Lattitude Thai Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA 2906 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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This Santa Monica restaurant offers traditional Thai dishes. More...

Marmalade Café
Quick Bite
710 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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These charming delis-cafés turn out baked good alongside salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées. More...

Outlaw's Bar & Grill American
12/20
230 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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This quirky gem serves American fare including good steaks and above-average accompaniments. More...

Snug Harbor Diner
Quick Bite
2323 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Tiny neighborhood diner with a charming back patio, satisfying for breakfast, lunch or a good milk shake. More...

DOWNTOWN/SILVER LAKE

Border Grill Stop Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Border Grill Stop, Los Angeles, CA 601 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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A quick-service kiosk from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. More...

Four Cafe American
Quick Bite
2122 ½ Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
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A chef-artist couple combines health-conscious but compelling food and modern art in this hip, casual eatery. More...

Intelligentsia Coffeehouse
Quick Bite
Sunset Junction
3922 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Sunset Junction coffee bar specializing in single origin coffee, similarly sourced teas and personal attention. More...

La Casita Mexicana Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at La Casita Mexicana, Bell, CA 4030 E. Gage Ave.
Bell, CA 90201
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Located in a forgotten corner of South L.A., this colorful restaurant is producing some of the most ambitious Mexican food in the city. More...

Langer's Deli Deli
13/20
Dining Room at Langer 704 S. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Its neighborhood has seen better days, but Langer's continues to be one of L.A.'s top delis. More...

Nickel Diner Diner
13/20
524 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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A hipster haunt with upscale diner eats. More...

Philippe The Original American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Philippe The Original, Los Angeles, CA 1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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One of L.A.’s oldest and most beloved eateries, this is the place for French dip sandwiches, devoured at communal tables. More...

The Oinkster American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Oinkster, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
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Chef Andre Guerrero’s fast food venue serves up tasty pastrami sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and Belgian fries. More...

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

The Artisan Cheese Gallery Cheese
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Artisan Cheese Gallery, Studio City, CA 12023 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
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This Valley cheese shop has a wide selection of cheese from around the world, plus delectable sandwiches. More...

Hugo's Tacos Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Hugo 4749 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
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A taco shack that takes an all-natural approach to its food and drink. More...

Hummus Bar & Grill Middle Eastern
Quick Bite
Tarzana Village
18743 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
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Casual strip-mall café that offers many varieties of hummus and other Israeli specialties. More...

Laurel Tavern Modern American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Laurel Tavern, Studio City, CA 11938 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
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This rustic Studio City pub draws a lively local crowd with artisan beers, boutique wines and an upscale tavern menu. More...

Mo's American
13/20
4301 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
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The thick, juicy burgers are indeed standouts, and the variety is amazing. More...

Olive & Thyme American
Quick Bite
4013 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA 91505
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Versatile café, restaurant and marketplace in the heart of Toluca Lake. More...

Santoro's Sandwiches
Quick Bite
1423 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
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Old-school deli going strong since the '50s---check out its messy pepper steak with cheese or meatball subs. More...

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY/PASADENA

Cham Korean Bistro Korean
13/20
Dining Room at Cham Korean Bistro, Pasadena, CA 851 Cordova St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Sleek looking Korean neighborhood eatery with a menu that lends modern touches to traditional favorites. More...

Creme de la Crepe French
12/20
36 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Casual, fun crêpe café with an unexpectedly extensive menu. More...

Daisy Mint Pan-Asian
13/20
1218 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
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An endearing storefront eatery in which the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam and Korea are showcased. More...

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House Chinese
13/20
1108 S. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
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Taiwan-based dumpling shop specializing in soup dumplings. More...

Dutch Oven Bakery Bakery
Quick Bite
2281 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
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This neighborhood bakery offers a wide selection of fresh baked goods along with the unique house specialty: honey muffins. More...

Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine Greek
13/20
1000 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
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Sophisticated preparations of Greek and Armenian classics, served in a simple setting. More...

Gerlach's Grill Eclectic
Quick Bite
1075 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Small eatery offering an interesting blend of Mexican, Mediterranean and seafood creations. More...

Golden Deli Vietnamese Vietnamese
12/20
815 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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A wide selection of Vietnamese specialties in an informal setting. More...

Heirloom Bakery & Cafe Bakery
Quick Bite
807 Meridian Ave., Ste. C
South Pasadena, CA 91030

In the artsy Mission West district of South Pas, this colorful café features breakfasts, quiches, salads and pizza, plus freshly baked breads and scones. More...

Luscious Dumplings, Inc. Chinese
14/20
704 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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Tiny family-run restaurant offering some of the best dumplings and noodle soups in the San Gabriel Valley. More...

Recess Café
12/20
1102 N Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91202

An upscale café, marketplace and restaurant with a diverse all-day menu. More...

SOUTH BAY

Al-Noor Pakistani
13/20
15112 Inglewood Ave.
Lawndale, CA 90260
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Skillfully prepared, authentic Pakistani and Indian cuisine at bargain prices. More...

Mama Terano Italian
13/20
815 Deep Valley Dr.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
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Casual Italian restaurant in Rolling Hills Estates. More...

INLAND EMPIRE

Eureka! Burgers
12/20
Dining Room at Eureka!, Redlands, CA 345 W. Pearl Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
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A slickly packaged reinvention of the old-fashioned burger joint, complete with some good wines. More...

Euro Cafe Portuguese
Quick Bite
Claremont Heights
546 E. Baseline Rd.
Claremont, CA 91711
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One of Southern California's rare Portuguese restaurants, this casual spot turns out authentic specialties like carne estufada as well as hearty breakfasts. More...



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