Los Angeles is a city where you can find an infinite number of places to eat – a huge selection of restaurants and cafes will amaze any traveler. There are many exquisite gastronomic establishments where eminent chefs and professional waiters work, the dishes are served on designer plates, and the average bill starts from $100 for two persons. Such establishments often receive prestigious awards.
However, there is another type of American culinary spots in Los Angeles – these are small family cafes, as well as fast-food establishments. Many of them are dedicated to some kind of national cuisine, and usually they are distinguished by a democratic price – an ordinary dinner without drinks will cost you about $10-15.
Well, if you rent a car in LA and want to find some money-saving places to appease your hunger, then check out the following list! Here are 5 places where you can eat well without sacrificing your budget…
In-N-Out Burger is known for the best burgers in the area. The menu features all variations of hamburgers, French fries, carbonated drinks, cocktails, and milkshakes. Despite a small choice, there are always a lot of people there. Plus, because of the limited menu, the service is always fast and error-free. Potatoes are always well fried. Of course, you’ll be able to add different sauces, ketchups and mustard. In addition, you can experiment with the number of tomatoes, onions to create your hamburger and enjoy its taste.
What to order:
- Protein Style Burger – $5-8;
- Double-Double Cheeseburger – $5-8;
- Neapolitan Shake – about $3.
Address: 7009 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10.30am-1am, Friday and Saturday 10.30am-1.30am
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Tacos Baja Ensenada is one of the best places to eat fish taco in Los Angeles. The concept of the establishment is inspired by the small town of Ensenada in Mexico. The creators wanted to convey the atmosphere of the beach diner and allow guests to escape for a short time from the noisy and impetuous city life.
The major specialization of Tacos Baja Ensenada are fish tacos with roasted halibut wrapped in a warm corn flat cake with vegetable salsa, chopped cabbage and lime juice sprinkled with fresh chopped greens and sipped with sauce. Also, there are burritos, ceviche, shrimp cocktails and soups in the menu. As a supplement, taste fried yellow peppers seasoned with red chili sauce. The average cost of tacos is about $1-3.
What to order:
- Fish Tacos – $1-3;
- Shrimp Cocktail – $7 small portion, $10 big portion;
- Burrito – $6-7.
Address: 5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-9pm
The favorite dish of the establishment is ramen – wheat noodles in a thick aromatic broth, which is cooked for about 16 hours. It has a low cost and in some places even is considered to be a fast food.
Silverlake Ramen serves several kinds of noodles – with pork or chicken, vegetable noodles, with bean and bamboo shoots, with green onions and spinach, tofu and mushrooms. Portion will cost you about $9-11. In addition to ramen, you can order ‘edamame’ snack from young soybeans (about $3), crab salad with cucumber (about $4), small ‘gyoza’ pies with pork filling (about $5), rice with spicy tuna and greens ($5-7), rolls from $ 4-9) and much more.
By the way, the establishment is small, and thanks to affordable prices, it’s often crowded.
What to order:
- Tonkatsu Ramen with chicken or pork, spring onions, soy sauce, and spinach – $8.50;
- Spicy Tuna Bowl – $4.50 small portion, $7.50 big portion;
- Gyoza with pork – $4.50.
Address: 2927 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11.30am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11.30am-1.45am
Veggie Grill is an excellent dining option for those who don’t eat meat. You can enjoy there the classic taste of American food cooked on an organic basis – without eggs, meat, and dairy products. The dishes are based on vegetables, seeds, fruits, and nuts. There are many salads on the menu. Also, you can try burgers, in which a roll can be replaced with cabbage leaves (kale-style).
We recommend you to try Mondo Nachos – corn chips with cheese, soy cream, avocado puree and caramelized onions (about $7) and Veggie Grill Cheeseburger with tomatoes, chili, onions, lettuce, and soy cheese (about $10).
In the establishment there is a detailed list of nutritional value of dishes – from the size of portions to the number of proteins. You can additionally download Veggie Grill mobile application in order to receive pleasant bonuses and discounts.
What to order:
- All Hail Kale Salad – $10;
- Sweetheart Fries – $5;
- Bombay Bowl with vegetables, beans and coconut milk – $10.
Address: 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-10.30pm
Native Foods Café
The menu is based on organic ingredients, and many of them – from different soy products to cheeses and sauces – are cooked right in the restaurant.
The list of dishes in Native Foods Café is extensive. It can be a perfect idea to try slices of baked polenta with caramelized balsamic onions and pumpkin seeds (about $5), corn nachos with beans and guacamole (about $7), Oklahoma cheeseburger on a whole-grain bun with carrots, onions, and tomatoes (about $10), Mexican Cobb salad with avocado, tofu and corn (about $9), parfait from peanut butter, banana bread and chocolate chips (about $4) and much more. Children are offered a special menu, and in addition to the main course they will receive a slice of watermelon. As for drinks, you can try refreshing lavender lemonade (about $3). By the way, a special gluten-free menu is also provided.
What to order:
- Seasonal Soup – $3-5;
- Roasted Vegetable Salad – $10;
- Portobello & Sausage Burger – $9.
Address: 1114 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-9.30pm