Cheap Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is famous nowadays for its diversity and this startling variety extends to the world of dining. If you want to live entirely on hundred dollar meals of sushi you can do that here and more power to you! However, there are also a lot of very reasonable options for eating out here in the Southland, many of them featuring top-knotch ethnic food.

Food courts offer one option for affordable dining. Grand Central Market is a historic spot downtown with a wide range of prepared food stalls as wells as fruit, produce, meat, poultry and fish vendors. Just south of downtown is the Mercado La Paloma, a neat marketplace with a range of prepared food stalls. Then heading west are the slightly more upscale (and open air) food court destinations like the Hollywood Farmers Market and the Brentwood Country Mart.

Philippe the Original is a historic downtown spot that offers affordable fare in a cafeteria style setting. The layer of sawdust on the floor here is unforgettable! And, of course, Philippe's and Cole's have an age-old rivalry over just which of these places invented the French Dip. Another venerable downtown spot is the Original Pantry (open 24 hours, it just barely being on this missed this list).

Los Angeles has taken over from New York as the gateway to America and as such offers diverse and affordable ethnic food. Take Dino's Chicken and Burgers; the star here is the chicken dish (the burgers are supposed to be OK but just be like everyone else and get the chicken). The tangy marinade on this chicken has Greek roots and is based on a family recipe.

This list continue on through Ethiopian, Mexican, Peruvian, Italian and Armenian restaurants. I have neglected Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian, Vietnamese and Thai spots for lack of space. And it just goes on from there; it hard express the range of food available here!

And then of course there is the formidable burger phenomena, which is a long story on its own.

Pane e Vino

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240 S Brea Blvd

Cheesecake Factory

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120 Brea Mall

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Sweet Divas Cottage Bistro

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518 E. Imperial Hwy

Lakewood Equestrian Center

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11369 Carson St

Bobby McGee's in Brea

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200 South State College Blvd

Olive Garden

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270 Brea Mall Way

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The Grilled Cheese Truck

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Taste of India

13903 Ventura Boulevard

Low Prices and Good Food... read more

Mistral

13422 Ventura Boulevard

Dark and Comfortable... read more

Café Bizou

14016 Ventura Boulevard

The Valley's Hottest Spot... read more

Stanley's

13817 Ventura Boulevard

Great Food, Great Vibes... read more

Fondue Bourguignonne (La)

13359 Ventura Boulevard

Romantic Fondue Fun... read more

Red White & Bluezz

70 South Raymond Avenue

Live Jazz & Gourmet Cuisine... read more

Chin Chin

8618 Sunset Boulevard

Great Dim Sum... read more

Passage To India

14062 Burbank Boulevard

Great Lunch Buffet... read more

Mandarin King

17092 Devonshire Street
Northridge

Student and Local Favorite... read more

Cafe Med in Sunset Plaza

8615 Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Plaza Shopping Center

Inexpensive & Charming... read more

Pshaw's Bistro

6099 West Sunset Boulevard

Soulful French Worth Trying... read more

Benvenuto Caffe

8512 Santa Monica Boulevard

Cozy, Comfortable Lounge... read more

Pain Quotidien (Le)

8607 Melrose Avenue

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