Put down the instant ramen. Step away from the grocery-store sushi. Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't eat out in L.A. Some of the city's best meals also happen to be insanely budget-friendly.
From crunchy chopped salads to scary-delicious fried chicken sandwiches, this city might have the best cheap eats out there. And, yes, In-N-Out ranks high on any left coast food roundup, we figured you're well aware of that little animalistic heaven. Instead, we looked long and hard, and scoured every little crevice of L.A., to come up with some affordable eats that you hopefully haven't tried, overdone, and gotten sick of already.
Ahead, find 19 crazy-good, under-$12 dishes to chow down on right now — your wallet (not to mention your stomach) will thank you.