Cheap Eats Archive

From regional fast food joints to cafes and diners, there’s no shortage of spots to get a cheap bite in Los Angeles. Whether you’re on a budget or just want a quick meal, L.A. has you covered.

  • Serving up sandwich shop and burger stand food with faux meat, Veggie Grill has quickly become a destination for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Choose from an array of burgers and...

    Veggie Grill

    Serving up sandwich shop and burger stand food with faux meat, Veggie Grill has quickly become a destination for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Choose from an array of burgers and...

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  • Though most of Bay Cities is devoted to top-notch Italian specialty grocery items, the deli area serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. With its prime Santa Monica...

    Bay Cities Italian Deli

    Though most of Bay Cities is devoted to top-notch Italian specialty grocery items, the deli area serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. With its prime Santa Monica...

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  • This large Japanese market is full of specialty items and gifts, plus a food court offering a variety of authentic noodles, sushi and pastries to eat there or take out....

    Mitsuwa Market

    This large Japanese market is full of specialty items and gifts, plus a food court offering a variety of authentic noodles, sushi and pastries to eat there or take out....

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  • Open 24 hours, this cheap taco counter is famous for its rolled tacos (taquitos) and fast service. The menu is somewhat limited, but the staff is friendly and the prices...

    Benito’s Taco Shop

    Open 24 hours, this cheap taco counter is famous for its rolled tacos (taquitos) and fast service. The menu is somewhat limited, but the staff is friendly and the prices...

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  • With their cheap, tasty Mexican food, this taco stand has become a Westside institution. You’ll find lines at almost any hour, but the food is definitely worth the wait if...

    Tito’s Tacos

    With their cheap, tasty Mexican food, this taco stand has become a Westside institution. You’ll find lines at almost any hour, but the food is definitely worth the wait if...

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  • With great regular and veggie hot dogs, a wide variety of toppings, fresh-made lemonade and some of the best french fries in town, this place gives Pink’s a run for...

    Skooby’s

    With great regular and veggie hot dogs, a wide variety of toppings, fresh-made lemonade and some of the best french fries in town, this place gives Pink’s a run for...

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  • With hundreds of hot dog combinations to choose from and a chili-cheese dog that’s famous worldwide, even the biggest celebrities are willing to wait in the perennially long lines at...

    Pink’s Hot Dogs

    With hundreds of hot dog combinations to choose from and a chili-cheese dog that’s famous worldwide, even the biggest celebrities are willing to wait in the perennially long lines at...

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  • With a menu to please meat lovers and vegetarians alike, Astro Burger serves up some of the tastiest and varied “fast” food in Los Angeles. Add a unique topping like...

    Astro Burger

    With a menu to please meat lovers and vegetarians alike, Astro Burger serves up some of the tastiest and varied “fast” food in Los Angeles. Add a unique topping like...

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  • For fast, tasty Thai food in a hip rock-n-roll setting, you can’t beat Toi. This crowded spot down the street from Guitar Center is not for the faint of heart...

    Toi on Sunset

    For fast, tasty Thai food in a hip rock-n-roll setting, you can’t beat Toi. This crowded spot down the street from Guitar Center is not for the faint of heart...

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  • More of a food counter than a restaurant, this local gem offers gourmet takes on a Mexican staple. Their menu of hearty, dessert and vegetarian tamales is a la carte,...

    Tamara’s Tamales

    More of a food counter than a restaurant, this local gem offers gourmet takes on a Mexican staple. Their menu of hearty, dessert and vegetarian tamales is a la carte,...

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  • Located inside the Farmer’s Market, this reasonably priced eatery offers the most authentic cajun food outside New Orleans, including gumbo, po-boys, beignets and chicory coffee. If you’re feeling adventurous, try...

    Gumbo Pot

    Located inside the Farmer’s Market, this reasonably priced eatery offers the most authentic cajun food outside New Orleans, including gumbo, po-boys, beignets and chicory coffee. If you’re feeling adventurous, try...

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  • This always-packed Farmer’s Market cafe offers a huge selection of authentic sweet and savory crepes plus tasty sandwiches and french press coffee. If you’re visiting the Farmer’s Market at 3rd...

    French Crepe Company

    This always-packed Farmer’s Market cafe offers a huge selection of authentic sweet and savory crepes plus tasty sandwiches and french press coffee. If you’re visiting the Farmer’s Market at 3rd...

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