Summer Savings! – Los Angeles Magazine’s Top 25 Cheap Eats

LA Magazine's cheap eats
Los Angeles Magazine has published their list of the 25 best bargains around town. The list covers a fairly wide radius, as well as broad spectrum of cuisines. And it’s quite interesting that almost everything is ethnic – speaks to this sprawling, colorful ethno-patchwork of a city, I guess.

And because I am too cheap to go and buy the magazine in the store, I must thank that sassy li’l Lindsay for putting the list up at LAist. Just to keep myself busy and out of trouble last night, I re-organized the list by region, and switched some of Lindsay’s original links (which went to that cyberplace I shall not name *wink*) and have linked all the addresses to maps.

And as if my silly little projects here at work aren’t enough to keep me busy, as well as all my personal culinary/dining projects, I’m going to try to make my way to each of these to check them out myself. Okay, maybe not the Thai places, though. I don’t know why I keep inflicting these projects upon myself, and have yet to complete my Sawtelle Stripsearch, and now Summer in Italy via San Vicente, so we’ll see how far I get. I’m sure I could hit everything on the Westside within a week, and I’ve already been to Fassica. One down, 24 to go!

Oh yeah, and if you wanna play, too…well hey, I love having partners in crime. Tell me which dishes to get, which restaurants Los Angeles Magazine must have been high when visiting, and other cheap eats that should have been included.

Bibi’s Warmstone Kosher Bakery and Cafe
8928 West Pico Boulevard (@ La Peer)
Los Angeles, CA 90035

The Counter (Contemporary/American)
2901 Ocean Park Boulevard (@ 29th)
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Fassica Ethiopian Restaurant
10401 Washington Boulevard (@ Motor Avenue)
Culver City, CA 90232

Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
9537 Culver Boulevard (@ Cardiff)
Culver City, CA 90232

Katmandu Kitchen (Nepalese)
10855½ Venice Boulevard (@ Midvale)
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Lunch – Tue-Sun, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Dinner – Sun, Tue-Thu, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Fri-Sat, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tacomiendo (Mexican)
4502 Inglewood Boulevard (@ Culver)
Culver City, CA 90230-5857

Bua Siam (Thai)
12924 Sherman Way (@ Coldwater Canyon)
North Hollywood, CA 91605-4953

Dona Rosa (Mexican)
577 S Arroyo Parkway (@ Californnia)
Pasadena, CA 91105

Gingergrass (Vietnamese)
2396 Glendale Boulevard (one block south of Silver Lake Boulevard)
Silverlake, CA 90039

Ginja Lions (Caribbean/Asian)
11320 Ventura Bouelvard (1 block east of Tujunga)
Studio City, CA 91604

KP’s, A Vietnamese American Deli
2616 Hyperion Avenue (between Evans and Griffith Park Boulevard)
Silverlake, CA 90027

Koko’s Middle Eastern Restaurant
13661 Vanowen Street (@ Woodman)
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Tue – Thu, 11:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Fri – Sat, 12:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Sun 12:00 PM – 4:45 PM

The Stand (Hot Dogs)
17000 Ventura Blvd (just west of Balboa)
Encino, CA 91316

El Nido Restaurant (Nicaraguan)
2112 S La Brea Avenue (@ 21st)
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Ganda (Thai)
5269 Hollywood Boulevard (between Hobart and Harvard)
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sallim (Korean Vegetarian)
3020 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 119 (@ Virgil Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Lunch: Daily, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Dinner: Daily, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Shinu Rang-Olke Rang (Korean)
1032 Crenshaw Boulevard, Suite B (just south of Olympic Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Spring Street Smokehouse (BBQ)
640 North Spring Street (just north of Sunset Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cha For Tea
5720 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

Chaba Thai Bay Grill
525 S Pacific Coast Highway (@ Ruby Street)
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

O-Nami, The Japanese Seafood Buffet
1925 W. Carson Street (@ Cabrillo)
Torrance, CA 90501

Rasraj (Indian)
18511 S. Pioneer Boulevard
Artesia, CA 90701
Tues – Sun, 10 AM – 9 PM

Shisen Ramen
1730 W. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 6, (@ Western Avenue)
Torrance, CA 90501

Indo Kitchen (Indonesian)
5 N. Fourth Street (@ Main Street)
Alhambra, CA 91801
Tue-Sun, 11 AM-9 PM

Pearl’s Restaurant (Chinese)
644 W Garvey Avenue (between Chandler and Moore)
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Daily Gluttony July 1, 2005 at 3:41 am

Sarah, how cool are you for organizing this list!!! =) I was actually a sucka and bought this issue and while reading the 25 cheap eats article, found myself going, “Ooooh this looks good; Cool! It’s near work!” and then going, “Ooooh, I wanna go there too, awww man, it’s in the South Bay, I’ll have to wait…” My eyes were all over the page trying to find stuff in my hood. So thanks again!


2 Xericx July 1, 2005 at 2:11 pm

Onami’s on that list? Yikes.


3 Xericx July 1, 2005 at 2:11 pm

Onami’s on that list? Yikes.


4 Kirk July 1, 2005 at 3:57 pm

So Sarah – You’ll be going to everyone of these places? Yikes! Including all the IMBB stuff, and other projects you’ve got going, that’ll be quite an undertaking…


5 Lindsay July 1, 2005 at 7:17 pm

thanks for the link props, sarah! i’ll be trying to hit up some of these spots, too. we’ll have to compare notes.


6 Anonymous July 2, 2005 at 3:32 am

Thanks for puting the list up =)

Can I ask why you don’t want to try the Thai places? I’m actually surprised that Ganda is on the list. I prefer Yai Restaurant on Hollywood in the same area. Also, at Sunshine Restaurant in North Hollywood, you can get small plates of authentic Thai items hard to find in the U.S. Just thinking about it makes me reminisce about my last visit to my homeland last year….



7 BBQ Junkie July 2, 2005 at 2:04 pm

Nice list, but does $25 and under really count as cheap eats? The only restaurant that I have visited from this list is the Counter for lunch… it wasn’t very cheap. It was very good though :)


8 sarah July 6, 2005 at 1:57 am

thanks again, lindsay, for putting the list up in the first place! and you’re welcome to pam, for doing the geo-sort ;) after quality, my tastes are driven by location, lol!

xericx: tell me more about onami! is it one i should leave off my list to try?

kirk: maybe you should put together your own top 25 cheap eats for SD :)

nan: well, the thing is, i am not exactly fond of thai food. it just doesn’t seem to do it for me the way other cuisines do. nothing wrong with thai overall, just my silly peculiar tastebuds!

big lu: um, yeah, i wasn’t quite sure how $25 per person is CHEAP either, but i guess compared to a dinner at urasawa or bastide…;)


9 Mirmaduke July 19, 2005 at 4:56 pm

honey’s kettle chicken in culver city is closed due to a kitchen fire. went to check it out and says they’ll be back soon! just thought i’d save you the trip :-D


10 Anonymous August 2, 2005 at 5:35 pm

went to el nido and the food was good. the grilled skirt steak was excellent as well as the crab soup (don’t get this if you don’t like fishy foods).


11 Anonymous August 18, 2005 at 4:46 am

I love Onami!!!
Did you know they prep fresh fish every morning, I mean FRESH compare to those frozen ones… If, you going to try this place, I strongly recommend you visit during the week days because it’s CHEAPER than weekends. I don’t know why the price higher on weekends when they serve the same menu. Service/Quality I give it a four star.


12 Anonymous January 3, 2006 at 9:23 pm

The Counter has HUGE burgers with anything and everything you can imagine on them…for less than 10 bucks!

I don’t know what you had there, but try the burgers. For real.


13 sarah January 3, 2006 at 9:49 pm

yeap – the counter is on my to-dine list for 2006!


14 PnC September 13, 2006 at 10:32 pm

Gingergrass is delightful and located very close to the art district in Silverlake.

I agree with the first O-Nami nay-sayer. It’s not that great.


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