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Best Cheap Eats: Los Angeles


Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Oh this is dumpling heaven! If you've never tried xiao long bao, this is the place! The first US ... read more
outpost for the Taiwanese chain, there are actually two restaurants right next to each other. Try the xiao long bao (juicy dumpling), the pork shao mai with shrimp, and the pork chop with fried rice. So good!!!

Guisados Tacos

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Just love love the tacos here. They make everything fresh and the homemade corn tortillas is where ... read more
this place makes its super poison. Just got to come here and eat up everything on the menu. Make sure to try their sampler plate that has so many random tacos to choose from which all of them are good. Their drinks are amazing as well! Get any of their drinks especially the horchata. MMmmm delicious!!

Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi

132 S Central Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013
This is a great place to get a big bowl of ramen to satisfy your craving. The pork broth is great, ... read more
but even better with a little spicy miso added in. Don't forget the green onions and the sesame seeds. Be sure to save some of the broth so you can get extra noodles for just $1 more. I like to go for lunch because they have combos with the ramen, like dumplings, rice balls, or spam musubi. The lunch combo price is less than the dinner price of a bowl of ramen, so definitely worth it. This new location in Little Tokyo is much more spacious than the one in Gardena, so although there’s usually a wait, it’s not that long. The service here is also very good, so turnover is quick. Park in the parking lot with Office Depot and get validation for up to 2 hours.

Seoul Sausage Company

11313 Mississippi Avenue, West Los Angeles, California
No wonder these guys won the Great Food Truck Race. Excellent Korean-style sausages infused with ... read more
American goodness. Lots of delicious items to choose from, ranging from the sausages to the "balls" that were so popular on the show. This place is packed, so get there early. This comes with the distinction of knowing one of the owners from high school. Great job!!!

Daikokuya Original Noodle & Rice-Bowl

327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
As a ramen lover (perhaps even a connoisseur), I have to give Daikokuya the maximum amount of stars ... read more
available b/c it is, hands down, THE BEST. Located in Downtown LA, in the heart of Little Tokyo, this tiny eatery is always packed with a line at least 30 minutes long. The wait is always worth it. The rich, creamy broth, the melt-in-your-mouth kurobuta pork ... My mouth water just thinking of a perfect bowl of Daikokuya ramen. Please add this to your itinerary. STAT!

ROC Kitchen

Delish Taiwanese joint with fantastically flavored garlic green beans, dumplings, chicken rice ... read more
cakes, and they even have taro/red bean dumplings for dessert! It's BYOB and their tea is really nice to wash the food down. They have a valet if there is no parking but there's metered/unregulated parking all around so take a loop around the block.

Mama's Lu Dumpling House

501 W Garvey Ave Ste 101-103 Monterey Park, CA 91754
Really like the food here. Reasonably priced, huge portions of Chinese food. The chili wontons were ... read more
great, soup dumplings were decent enough to quell my cravings for soup dumplings without waiting in line at the more popular din tai fung, free and ample parking in an underground lot. They even accept credit cards!

Wurstküche - Venice

625 Lincoln Blvd, Venice Beach, CA
Be an adventurous foodie! Try some rattlesnake sausages! Great beer selection and exotic sausages. I ... read more
love coming here in the evenings with their DJ and crowds.

Fishbar Seafood Restaurant

3801 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, California
Come here for the daily happy hour from 2-6 ! Oysters on the half shell are only $1.75! Wine is also ... read more
only $3

Rounds Premium Burgers

8871 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA
Words cannot describe how glad I was to find this place after partying at Fiesta Cantina. Part of ... read more
the reason is because I'm not a writer... and I was sort of drunk&hungry. I yelped this place and realized it was few feet away from us. You build your own burger like you do at the Counter (less questions to fill out and I'm guessing it's cheaper). FOOD: The burger was delicious and big! Mine was juicy and rare, yum!!!! Their chipotle mayo sauce went well with the french fries. SERVICE: 5stars! He took our order and the food came out real quick. The counter we ate at was super messy and he cleaned it up for us immediately Tip: - Be mindful to the cashier and fill out the circles (think scantron tests you've taken in school). Don't put a check or a 'x' on it cuz they might not see it. - Napkins! Lots of them - Street parking - They will not let you in when they're few min away from closing time - tip their madonna tip jar, very cute