While NYC holds a LIT torch as the foodie destination, in recent years Los Angeles has come seriously close to catching up. In fact, it probably holds equal foodie destination acclaim at this point. Both cities are always seeing hot new restaurant openings, but oftentimes those comes with some steep dollar signs. If you're looking to eat well for less, we've got you covered in NYC (thanks to our stealth guide), but we figured it was about time we started rounding up our fave West Coast cheap eats.
Los Angeles is a sunny, bustling, yet laid back land where the most superb of food trends can shine on a dime (we're talking In-N-Out Burger superstar status here) — because why worry about sitting down to eat when the weather is just so fine for grabbing and going? From taco trucks to legendary burger outposts, destination diners, and more, the City of Angels has it all (plus some).
So scroll on if you're looking to get your gourmet grub fix without a major fee.
The Apple Pan
The Apple Pan is a no frills, bustling L.A. diner serving up sweet and savory American fare for a fair price — think juicy steak burgers, sweet apple pies, and salty fries.
The Apple Pan, 10801 W. Pico Boulevard (at Glendon Avenue); 310-475-3585.
Furn Saj Bakery
A no-frills Valley spot that serves up the absolute best in delicious and cheap Lebanese food. Our favorites include the shawarma plates ($11.99) and sandwiches ($7.99), saj lebnehs ($3.99), and the cheese adjarskis with a sunny side up egg ($6.99).Furn Saj Bakery
, 11146 Balboa Blvd (in Granada Hills); 818-368-4000.
Currently a weekend pop-up spot, soon-to-be a Silver Lake brunch staple, Maury's has all your affordable savory bagel schmear and sandwich needs covered.Maury's
, 2829 Bellevue Avenue (at N. Occidental Boulevard); .
Grab a $3 slice or order up the whole cheesy pie for $20 at L.A.'s Prime Pizza — the crust is crispy, the cheese is melty, and the topping options are seriously savory: from house made sausage and kale to smoked chicken and pickled jalapeños.Prime Pizza
, 446 N Fairfax Avenue (at Rosewood Avenue); 323-852-1188.
Burgers Never Say Die
This pop-up, backyard burger spot in East Hollywood serves up more than just your average patty in a bun — although their version of that is anything but average. Swing by and try an order of the deep fried cheeseburger strips in addition to the smashed, sauce and cheese smothered, crusty burg classic.
Burgers Never Say Die, Pop-up location on N. Berendo Street (between Lexington Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard).
If you love a tasty and cheap box of dough, then Dough Box in L.A.'s Montecito Heights hood has you covered. Stop to get your fix of counter served deep-dish pizzas (starting at just $10 a pie).Dough Box
, 2734 N. Eastern Avenue (Between Lynnfield Street and Lombardy Avenue); 323-346-6811.
Panini Kabob Grill
Serving up casual, fresh, and fairly priced Mediterranean fare, Panini Kabob Grill's specialty is all in its name; try the "Chicken Pesto" panini with oven-roasted chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fontina cheese, and pesto ($11.95).Panini Kabob Grill
, Multiple locations in Southern California.
Mixto Comida Latina
Mixto dishes out a delicious mix of Mexican-American eats through a pickup window with options to dine-in or take-out. From a wide range of burritos, bowls, salads, tacos, combos and more, the menu options are endless, fresh, and cheap
(i.e., all ringing up anywhere from $3.50 a taco to $10.25 a bowl).Mixto Comida Latina
, 2827 Hyperion Avenue (between Monon Street and Rowena Avenue); 323-668-1818.
Al Wazir Chicken
This cheap Hollywood nosh spot is majorly no-frills and all
about the Middle Eastern eats. Pick up any one of their rotisserie chicken dishes topped with savory garlic sauce for a $10.95 steal; we love the Shawerma served with hummus, salad, rice, and a double serving of pita.Al Wazir Chicken
, 6051 Hollywood Boulevard (at N. Gower Street); 323-856-0660.
Dino's Chicken & Burgers
Dino's delivers on its name with smorgasbord of cheap char-broiled burgers and well-seasoned chicken specialties. You'd be hard pressed to find a better (or more savory) steal than the Famous Char-Broiled Chicken dinner; a half chicken served with natural-cut fries, homemade coleslaw, and a crispy tortilla for $5.50.Dino's Chicken & Burgers
, Multiple locations in Los Angeles.
Yalla is a SoCal chain offering up cheap and fresh Mediterranean eats — with most menu items clocking in at under $10; try the flavorful falafel platter ($8.50) with an order of the sweet and sticky Baklava ($1.95) for dessert.Yalla Mediterranean
, multiple locations in Southern California.
Leo's Taco Truck
Located just off the Venice Boulevard and next to a classic 76 gas station, this cheap and cheesy Mexican eats truck is dishing out the best in al pastor tacos, stuffed burritos, dressed up quesadillas, and more.Leo's Taco Truck
, 1515 S. La Brea Avenue (at Venice Boulevard); 323-346-2001 .
With a tagline of "Always The Finest" this Californian hot dog, beer, and burger joint is just fine for affordable American dining. Pick up the classic Stand Burger ($7.75) with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and the secret Stand burger sauce; or a steamed Chili Dog ($4.95) with Stand chili, house cheese sauce, tomato, and onions. We're also majorly here for munching down on the Porchetta Sweet Fries ($9) — dressed in slow-roasted pork, green apple and red onion slaw, among many other tasty things.The Stand
, 5780 Canoga Avenue (at Burbank Boulevard); 818-710-0400.
La Azteca Tortilleria
La Azteca is a tiny, counter service Mexican spot in East L.A. — stop by for a $7 chile relleno burrito with carne asada or a couple of the $2 tacos, all made to order and all exceedingly delicious.
La Azteca Tortilleria, 4538 E. Cesar E Chavez Avenue (at N. Ford Boulevard); 323-262-5977.
Pa Ord Noodle
Nestled in L.A.'s Little Armenia neighborhood lies Pa Ord, an insanely delicious (and cheap) Thai noodle spot. Stop by to try their flat noodle soup, tom yum, or a side order of crispy pork — each coming in well under the $10 menu mark.
Pa Ord Noodle, 5301 Sunset Boulevard (at Hobart Boulevard); 323-461-3945.
Haché serves up 100% Angus grilled burgers on full and fluffy buns with a smorgasbord of savory toppings — from "Karma Sauce," spicy hummus, goat cheese, chile mix, and much more. And with each juicy option ranging from $6.95 to $9.50, it's a sure steal — although a side of Mick's triple-cooked fries are a highly encouraged addition.Haché L.A.
, 3319 W. Sunset Boulevard (at Micheltorena Street); 323-928-2963.
Bay Cities Italian Deli
Bay Cities is a famed Italian spot for fresh and authentic groceries, catering, and also some serious sandwiches. The Burrata Caprese (replacing the traditional mozz) is a bite to write home about — and with prices and sizes ranging anywhere from $6.60 a small to $13.30 a foot long, you'll be getting your
bolognas-worthBay Cities Italian Deli
, 1517 Lincoln Boulevard (at Broadway); 310-395-8279.
Taco Zone Truck
This taco truck dishes out fresh and fast Mexican-style eats with self-serve toppings for cheap, cheap, cheap. The suadero mulitas and pastor tacos are must-orders for $1.50! Stop by with a brown bag, a case of cold Coronitas, and park it on the curb to dig in.
Taco Zone, 2064 Montana Street (at Liberty Street).
This counter service, carry-out spot shells out insanely delicious and crunchy tacos along with bursting burritos for cheap, cheap, cheap. Scoop up a Tito's taco with cheese for just $2.90 or a bean and cheese burrito for only $4.05.Tito's Tacos
, 11222 Washington Place (at Tuller Avenue); 310-391-5780.
If you're looking for both cheap eats AND cheap sweets, well then Diddy Riese is going to be your jam. This tiny shop offers up legendary cookies, brownies, ice cream, and more — so get ready to line up and grab a cookie-witch of your own making (we're thinking a candy cookie and strawberry cheese cake chunk ice cream sandwich).Diddy Riese
, 926 Broxton Avenue (at Weyburn Avenue); 310-208-0448.
The East Coast has Shake Shack and Cali has In-N-Out. If you're looking to grab a quick burger and fries that still tastes gourmet, then go for the Animal Style with lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty, pickles, extra spread, and grilled onions all for just $3.50. It's bomb and, sorry East Coasters, cheaper than Shake Shack.In-N-Out Burger
, Multiple locations across Los Angeles.
Roscoe's House Of Chicken & Waffles
Fried chicken and waffles for cheap in L.A.?! Yes it exists. Hit up Roscoe's for any one of their house specialties — we'll be grabbing the Carol C. Special with a crispy breast and a fluffy waffle all for just $8.95.Roscoe's House Of Chicken & Waffles
, Multiple locations across Los Angeles.