Each week, it seems like there's a new, must-visit venue to add to our ever-growing grub bucket list. So, while our waistlines may be expanding due to the influx of great gourmet meals, our bank accounts are actually starting to look a bit thin. What's a gal to do when Top Ramen is most certainly out of the question? She hits up L.A.'s coolest cooking pros for their fave cheap eats around town.
Naturally, these off-duty dishes aren't served at Michelin-starred eateries, but inexpensive, hole-in-the-wall haunts that you'd be hard-pressed to find without a guide. Problem solved: from tacos to tofu, pho to pastrami, this menu of cheap, noteworthy noshes is filled with a ton of flavor. Did we mention that your final bill will be less than your weekly mani? Seriously, being frugal never tasted so good.
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