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20 Affordable Lunch Picks for dineL.A., Summer '14

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgdineL.A. is here for another 10 days or so, and that means cheap(er) meals all around, including lunch! And for just $15 or in some cases $20 or $25 at really nice restaurants, you can get a solid two or three course meal. It's the ideal situation to get those unadventurous office workers out for lunch instead of at the lunch room heating up their boxes of frozen food. Here now, 20 affordable lunch spots to hit for dineL.A. this summer. Remember, the bonanza ends on July 27 so act quickly.

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1. Badmaash

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108 W 2nd St #104
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 221-7466
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This Downtown Indian restaurant, just steps from Civic Center and its requisite office culture, a super affordable 2 course lunch (and just $18 for three courses) including chicken tikka poutine and basmati rice pudding for dessert.

2. Ciboteca

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606 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

For someone who likes a bit of everything, Santa Monica's Ciboteca is putting together a lunch box of a choice of panini like mortadella or speak with porcini-truffle cream. Throw in a salad, a pastry, and soft drink for just $15.

3. fundamental LA

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1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581
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While the normal lunch menu here is quite affordable already, the $15 lunch for dineLA essentially throws a drink, side, and cookie for a few bucks more. Try the albacore tuna conserva sandwich or roast beef sando with walnut romesco.

4. Colori Kitchen

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429 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-5950
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This popular every day Italian restaurant on the southern edge of Financial District affords two courses for $15, with a small caprese or green salad (or soup) coupled with fettucine alfredo or spaghetti with meatballs, among other things. White fish or salmon rounds out the savory offerings.

5. Open Sesame

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7458 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

This accessible Middle Eastern restaurant on Beverly pits beef shawarma or chicken shawarma served with garlic sauce and cucumber pickles. Throw in an app like vegetarian grape leaves or fried cauliflower to start the meal. Just $15.

6. Pono Burger

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829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 584-7005
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This Santa Monica burger joint housed in a bunker-like structure is offering a slew of 1/3 burgers paired with two kinds of fries (choose wisely) for $15. Cooked over a real fire and packing 1/3 lb of meat per burger, it's a hearty meal on the Westside.

7. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

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13455 Maxella Avenue Suite 250
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Pick a salad, like the panzanella or beet salad, then have a whole wood-fired pizza like the Margherita or spicy Diavola, for just $15. Perfect for MDR and Playa Vista office workers.

8. MessHall Kitchen

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4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
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This casual Los Feliz eatery affords two courses for $15, like a kale caesar salad or corn fritters, then a heritage turkey burger or grilled ham and cheese for the elevated summer camp dining experience. Dessert is another $9 but features things like strawberry shortcake or banana cream jar pie.

9. RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-9988
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This expansive eatery in Century City has a $15 lunch with a solid number of choices, from 8 appetizers (pick one) and 6 entrees (pick one), like green mango and papaya salad and wok fried shrimp. You also get a dessert, like mixed berries with strawberry sorbet.

10. Hostaria Del Piccolo

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512 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-8822
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A bargain lunch for the area, try a beef carpaccio as the first course then move onto a pizza or pasta, like the gnocchi or sausage rigatoni, or the buffalo mozzarella margherita.

11. Les Noces du Figaro

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618 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 622-2116

This uber-French bistro in the heart of Historic Core has classics like quiche lorraine, and onion soup to go with croque monsieur, salmon salad and smoked salmon panini.

12. The Larder at Burton Way

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8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA

This casual cafe in Mid-City has a choice of soup or market lettuces to start, a trio of veggies and grains or the Pilgrim, a Thanksgiving sandwich or roast beef sando. Throw in bread pudding and it's a mere $15.

13. The Village Idiot

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7383 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-3331
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This Melrose gastropub has plenty of choices for just $15 per person, including ale-steamed mussels, kale salad, chopped salad, griddle burger, and fried chicken sandwich. Oh and fish and chips, of course.

14. Warren's Blackboard

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4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 255-7290
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At just $15, diners get a choice of burrata crostini with grilled corn or watermelon salad with humbolt fog cheese to start before moving onto a Korean braised short rib sandwich or summer bean saute. There's also a stone crab melt with tomato jam. Hard to find a better deal in the Valley.

15. The Biergarten at The Standard, Downtown LA

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550 S Flower st
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
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Sitting on a rooftop's certainly not a bad place to enjoy a nice, inexpensive lunch. Try one salad like the red cabbage and apple, then choose a German sausage like currywurst. You also get a 6 oz pour of beer, not enough to inhibit any post-lunch office work.

16. Lucques

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8474 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-6277
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A tad more than the $15 range, this $25 lunch in one of the most gorgeous daytime patios in the city is well worth it. Suzanne Goin prepares a sweet corn soup with charred jalapeno, a chopped chicken fattoush salad with romaine lettuce, or eggplant and sweet pepper dish with dandelion. Get dessert as well for a supplement, like a bittersweet chocolate torta with coffee ice cream for $10.

17. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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This $25 lunch special affords a table at a classy Downtown steakhouse. Choose a kale salad, soup, or petit caesar to start, an oak grilled salmon or petit Chateau sirloin, and a white chocolate lime bar or s'mores for dessert.

18. Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
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This classic power lunch spot in Beverly Hills has two courses for $25, including the burger and grilled peach salad as options.

19. Lukshon

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3239 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-6808

For $20, enjoy two courses like Hawaiian butterfish with pickled watermelon radish or sichuan dumplings made with kurobuta pork. A glass of wine or beer is just $5 more.

20. Water Grill

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1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-5669
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For $25, enjoy a slew of seafood like New England clam chowder, white shrimp banh mi, swordfish with braised eggplant, and Fijian albacore nicoise salad, just steps from the beach.

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1. Badmaash

108 W 2nd St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This Downtown Indian restaurant, just steps from Civic Center and its requisite office culture, a super affordable 2 course lunch (and just $18 for three courses) including chicken tikka poutine and basmati rice pudding for dessert.

108 W 2nd St #104
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Ciboteca

606 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

For someone who likes a bit of everything, Santa Monica's Ciboteca is putting together a lunch box of a choice of panini like mortadella or speak with porcini-truffle cream. Throw in a salad, a pastry, and soft drink for just $15.

606 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

3. fundamental LA

1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

While the normal lunch menu here is quite affordable already, the $15 lunch for dineLA essentially throws a drink, side, and cookie for a few bucks more. Try the albacore tuna conserva sandwich or roast beef sando with walnut romesco.

1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

4. Colori Kitchen

429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

This popular every day Italian restaurant on the southern edge of Financial District affords two courses for $15, with a small caprese or green salad (or soup) coupled with fettucine alfredo or spaghetti with meatballs, among other things. White fish or salmon rounds out the savory offerings.

429 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

5. Open Sesame

7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This accessible Middle Eastern restaurant on Beverly pits beef shawarma or chicken shawarma served with garlic sauce and cucumber pickles. Throw in an app like vegetarian grape leaves or fried cauliflower to start the meal. Just $15.

7458 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Pono Burger

829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This Santa Monica burger joint housed in a bunker-like structure is offering a slew of 1/3 burgers paired with two kinds of fries (choose wisely) for $15. Cooked over a real fire and packing 1/3 lb of meat per burger, it's a hearty meal on the Westside.

829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

13455 Maxella Avenue Suite 250, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Pick a salad, like the panzanella or beet salad, then have a whole wood-fired pizza like the Margherita or spicy Diavola, for just $15. Perfect for MDR and Playa Vista office workers.

13455 Maxella Avenue Suite 250
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

8. MessHall Kitchen

4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This casual Los Feliz eatery affords two courses for $15, like a kale caesar salad or corn fritters, then a heritage turkey burger or grilled ham and cheese for the elevated summer camp dining experience. Dessert is another $9 but features things like strawberry shortcake or banana cream jar pie.

4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen

10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

This expansive eatery in Century City has a $15 lunch with a solid number of choices, from 8 appetizers (pick one) and 6 entrees (pick one), like green mango and papaya salad and wok fried shrimp. You also get a dessert, like mixed berries with strawberry sorbet.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

10. Hostaria Del Piccolo

512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

A bargain lunch for the area, try a beef carpaccio as the first course then move onto a pizza or pasta, like the gnocchi or sausage rigatoni, or the buffalo mozzarella margherita.

512 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

11. Les Noces du Figaro

618 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This uber-French bistro in the heart of Historic Core has classics like quiche lorraine, and onion soup to go with croque monsieur, salmon salad and smoked salmon panini.

618 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. The Larder at Burton Way

8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA

This casual cafe in Mid-City has a choice of soup or market lettuces to start, a trio of veggies and grains or the Pilgrim, a Thanksgiving sandwich or roast beef sando. Throw in bread pudding and it's a mere $15.

8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA

13. The Village Idiot

7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This Melrose gastropub has plenty of choices for just $15 per person, including ale-steamed mussels, kale salad, chopped salad, griddle burger, and fried chicken sandwich. Oh and fish and chips, of course.

7383 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

14. Warren's Blackboard

4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

At just $15, diners get a choice of burrata crostini with grilled corn or watermelon salad with humbolt fog cheese to start before moving onto a Korean braised short rib sandwich or summer bean saute. There's also a stone crab melt with tomato jam. Hard to find a better deal in the Valley.

4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602

15. The Biergarten at The Standard, Downtown LA

550 S Flower st, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Sitting on a rooftop's certainly not a bad place to enjoy a nice, inexpensive lunch. Try one salad like the red cabbage and apple, then choose a German sausage like currywurst. You also get a 6 oz pour of beer, not enough to inhibit any post-lunch office work.

550 S Flower st
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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16. Lucques

8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

A tad more than the $15 range, this $25 lunch in one of the most gorgeous daytime patios in the city is well worth it. Suzanne Goin prepares a sweet corn soup with charred jalapeno, a chopped chicken fattoush salad with romaine lettuce, or eggplant and sweet pepper dish with dandelion. Get dessert as well for a supplement, like a bittersweet chocolate torta with coffee ice cream for $10.

8474 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

17. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

This $25 lunch special affords a table at a classy Downtown steakhouse. Choose a kale salad, soup, or petit caesar to start, an oak grilled salmon or petit Chateau sirloin, and a white chocolate lime bar or s'mores for dessert.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

18. Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This classic power lunch spot in Beverly Hills has two courses for $25, including the burger and grilled peach salad as options.

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

19. Lukshon

3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

For $20, enjoy two courses like Hawaiian butterfish with pickled watermelon radish or sichuan dumplings made with kurobuta pork. A glass of wine or beer is just $5 more.

3239 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

20. Water Grill

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

For $25, enjoy a slew of seafood like New England clam chowder, white shrimp banh mi, swordfish with braised eggplant, and Fijian albacore nicoise salad, just steps from the beach.

1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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