10 Insanely Inexpensive Restaurants In L.A. (Limited Time Only!)

After a month of holiday shopping 'til dropping, too many parties, and amazing New Year's sales, it's time to give our shrinking wallets a rest. What better way to appease those champagne tastes on a Budweiser budget than Dine L.A., when all of L.A.'s top restaurants get generous?
From January 22 to the 27, and then again from January 29 through February 3, featured restos will offer special, less expensive menus, so you can eat at that spot you've been dying to try without breaking the bank. We rounded up some of our must-tastes in a slideshow that will make you want lunch again, but check out the site for the full roster. Bon appétit!
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BLD, as in breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a WeHo favorite for casual American cuisine. It has plenty of delicious farmer's market-inspired dishes on the menu, but it's really all about the beer braised short rib, or if you're in a pasta mood, the butternut squash gnocchi with pumpkin seed oil. Perfect for a cold evening in the neighborhood.

BLD, 7450 Beverly Boulevard (At North Vista Street); 323-930-9744.

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Mercati di Vetro
Inspired by the social setting of open-air Italian markets, Mercato's menu focuses on antipasti, and small plates of the freshest homemade ingredients. They're still putting together their Dine L.A. menu, but it's sure to pair perfectly with a bottle of vino.

Mercato di Vetro, 9077 Santa Monica Boulevard (Near North Doheny Drive); 310-859-8369.

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Night + Market
Crowned the new street food sensation by Jonathan Gold, Kris Yenbamroong is not only a talented chef, but one of our culinary crushes as well. Don't come expecting "Americanized" noodles or curries, but bright, pungent, and hot (and we do mean HOT) dishes like Dancing Prawns with Chile Jam, and Braised Pig Tails and Trotters for more adventurous eaters. Order a Thai Iced Tea to cool off those tastebuds!

Night + Market, 9041 Sunset Boulevard (Between North Doheny Drive and North Wetherly Drive); 310-275-9724.

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Starry Kitchen
With humble beginnings in their North Hollywood apartment, the husband and wife team behind Starry Kitchen now have a brick and mortar restaurant right in the heart of downtown. Serving up Vietnamese classic fare that has fun with fresh and bright flavors, Starry Kitchen is perfect for a quick lunch of citrus sesame silken tofu or a post-drinks dinner of savory pork wontons with chili oil.

Starry Kitchen, 350 South Grand Avenue (At Fourth Street), D-3; 213-617-3474.

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Spice Table
"Cozy" and "warm" might not be the first words that come to mind when you say "downtown date spot" but the exposed brick walls and flickering candlelight would beg to differ. Unpretentious and easy, the menu matches the decor with dishes that just scream "YUM." Their Dine L.A. menu is yet to be revealed, but fingers crossed Kaya Toast makes the cut. Order two just for yourself. Trust us.

Spice Table, 114 South Central Avenue (Between East First Street and East Second Street); 213-620-1840.

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Sushi Roku
Fancy sushi is as "L.A." as bleached blondes and sunshine, but Sushi Roku takes it to the next level. Kobe meatballs in lettuce cups, refreshing cucumber sonomono salad, and their five-piece signature style sushi are menu frontrunners.

Sushi Roku, 8445 West Third Street (Between North La Cienega Boulevard and South Croft Avenue); 323-655-6767.
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Suzanne Goin's California style is always a slam-dunk, and if you haven't yet made it to her most recent restaurant in Brentwood, book a table STAT. With a menu filled with homey favorites like Devil's Chicken Thighs and bistro classics like Boeuf Bourguignon, Tavern is a total winner. Plus, a homemade "Snickers" bar is on the menu—need we say more?

Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Boulevard (At Darlington Avenue); 310-806-6464.

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Casa Vega
This family-owned Mexican restaurant has been a Los Angeles fixture for over 50 years, and still serves a mean margarita. If you're jonesing for an old school vibe with dim lighting, leather booths, and some hot churros, Casa Vega is your spot!

Casa Vega, 13301 Ventura Blvd (At Fulton Avenue); 818-788-4868.

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French, Italian, and Californian cuisine all meet under the roof of this tucked away Santa Monica gem. Though sophisticated fare like stuffed Vermont Quail and Scottish Salmon Caponata dominate the menu, look for whimsical dishes like margarita pizza ravioli and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches for a fun switch.

JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Boulevard (At Fifth Street); 310-917-6671.

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For a white tablecloth farmer's market dinner, the elegant California flavors of Michael's are perfection. Refined and utterly delicious, if Roasted Chestnut Soup with Sonoma Duck Breast is your jam, this is a great special occasion treat.

Michael's, 1147 Third Street (Between Wilshire Boulevard and California Avenue); 310-451-0843.

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