Cheap Eats in Los Angeles


I eat out a lot. My “day” job requires me to be a somewhat of a professional diner. When I am not dining out professionally (i.e on the company tab), I tend to head for some cheaper fare. LA is a city of great eats. Whether your pocketbooks are large or small, there is something here for everyone. Although my blog is primarily devoted to travel, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some food suggestions from time to time. Let’s start with my favorite joints for a  small budget.

1. Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

1650 N. Hillhurst LA, CA 90027

Despite it’s name, this tiny taco stand is actually on Hillhurst Ave. in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Their menu is impossibly simple. They offer two types of tacos, fried fish and fried shrimp. They come dry on a delicious grilled corn tortillas and there is a yummy salsa bar with several salsas you can add to your shrimp or fish. 


2. Pie and Burger

913 California Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106

Pie and Burger. Just saying the words makes my mouth water. Two amazing tastes under the same roof for the right price. The burgers are just the right size and the buns might be the most perfect combo of soft and crunchy.  It’s a tad out of the way but well worth the trip. 


3. Mario’s Italian Deli and Grocer

740 East Broadway Glendale, CA 91205

At Mario’s, you will find all the great ingredients to make an authentic Italian meal. What you will also find are amazing deli sandwiches. Made with freshly sliced cold-cuts and served on home-made rolls, these sandwiches cannot be missed. They come in a variety of hot and cold, all priced below 7 dollars. Call ahead to place your order, it will save you a ton of time waiting in line!

4. Pho Cafe

2841 W.Sunset Blvd LA, CA 90026

I have never been to Vietnam ( I have plans for next year) so I can’t say with any real certainty that the soup and bun bowls here are truly authentic, but from what I have gathered,  it is pretty close to the real deal. Here at Pho in Silverlake, you can feast on delicious soup, bun, crepes or egg rolls for all under about 20 bucks a person. They get a bonus for carrying Tiger Beer and soda in glass bottles. They also make a great Vietnamese coffee – you know- the kind with condensed milk? Oh, bring credit cards are accepted.


5. The Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico Blvd LA, CA 90064

The Apple Pan is my favorite burger in LA. Unfortunately for me, I live on the East Side and it is on The West Side so I have to make a serious time commitment to eat here. Standing in a tiny log-looking cabin on Pico Blvd, this eatery is counter-style only so it can be hard to come here with large parties. The wait staff can only be describe as cantankerous ( and that is being kind) so be ready to order fast when they come to you. The upside to all this is the burger itself; hot and juicy meat, crisp lettuce, expertly toasted bun. The menu is basic, consisting of burgers, fries, tuna sandwiches etc. and cheap. I would advise against going there however, if you are looking for a leisurely lunch. The place is always busy and hungry patrons tend to stare you down if you are spotted lingering after you finish.


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