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13 Crucial Hollywood Cheap Eats

The star-studded streets of Tinseltown has a strong cheap eats game.

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| Crystal Coser

Cheap eats probably aren't the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to Hollywood. However, the land of movie stars and tourist attractions has all the makings of a vibrant, affordable dining scene. Just steps from the heart of Thai Town and Koreatown, Hollywood is one of the most diverse areas in the city, with a high population of Latinos and Asian Americans. The mix of Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Indian, and even Canadian eateries makes it one of the most exciting, budget-friendly cities to explore at any hour of the day. Here now, 13 of the best cheap eats destinations in Hollywood.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ponchik Factory

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6601 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-3840
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If there were ever an archetype of an under-the-radar hole in the wall, Ponchik Factory would fit the bill. Nestled in a rather ugly stretch of shops that include the morbid Hollywood Dearly Departed tour, Ponchik is perhaps the most improbable café to turn out reliable breakfast and lunchtime fare. The bare bones space specializes in rotisserie chicken that is about as juicy as it gets, but pros know to order its $4.75 breakfast burrito with a side of house made pico de gallo before breakfast ends at 11 a.m. [Photo: Yelp]

2. RoRo's Chicken

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6660 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 461-9999
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Where can you get the best shwarma and kebabs in this neck of the woods? RoRo’s, a tiny Lebanese joint that has been a longstanding resident of the strip mall that also houses newcomer Luv2Eat. Each plate comes with garlic sauce, hummus, and enough pita to make your order into two meals. [Photo: Yelp]

3. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

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6660 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 498-5835
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The new unlikely “it” restaurant of the blogosphere, Luv2eat had been quietly serving Southern Thai classics since last fall before making its rounds on the blogs and food-centric Instagram accounts. The buzz is for good reason. There may be no better place in the heart of Hollywood that serves up such skillfully prepared specialties like papaya salad and Phuket-style crab curry, at wallet-friendly prices. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Skooby's

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6654 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-3647
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This Hollywood Boulevard institution serves its snappy hot dogs in sweet Hawaiian rolls. Be sure to go for a combo meal with Skooby’s hand-cut fries and freshly squeezed lemonade for under nine bucks. [Photo: Yelp]

5. Palms Thai Restaurant

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5900 Hollywood Blvd Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-5073
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While Palms Thai first made a name for itself with its nightly Thai Elvis performances (sadly, Thai Elvis has retired, but live music remains), it has stuck around for its first-rate food. Dishes like barbeque beef, Thai sausage, papaya salad with raw blue crab, and dirt-cheap lunch specials, keep regulars coming back. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Rodded Restaurant

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5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-8382
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Duck noodle soup is the name of the game at Rodded, a small restaurant on the Western edge of Thai town. Tender slices of duck are bathed in a dark, aromatic broth with a selection of noodles for just under $9 with tax. Cash only. [Photo: Yelp]

7. La Monarca Bakery & Cafe

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6091 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0933
Homegrown bakery chain La Monarca serves up a wide variety of Mexican pastries and coffee at prices that make it an affordable stop for a sweet treat. Go for the cold-brewed café de olla, prepared with cinnamon and panela, for an unbeatable pick-me-up on a hot summer day. [Photo: Yelp]

8. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

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1514 N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7453
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Not much needs to be said about Roscoe’s, the fried chicken and waffle institution with famous fans that include Snoop Dog, David Beckham, and President Obama. It isn’t uncommon to see a celeb or two chowing down on hunger-busting plates of the eponymous speciality at the Hollywood location. [Photo: Yelp]

9. Smoke's Poutinerie

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1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 265-2873
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Canadian-born Smoke’s Poutinerie brings a taste of Canada to the heart of Hollywood. Chicken and steak varieties of the seasoned fries topped with gravy and cheese curds weigh in at under ten bucks, making it a budget-friendly way to give your arteries a run for their money. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Cactus Mexican Food

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950 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 464-5865
Longstanding late night taco joint Cactus Taco slings Mexican-American standbys until 4 a.m. on weekends and 3 a.m. on weeknights. The $5 Cali burrito is no doubt one of the most affordable ways to soak up a night of excess. [Photo: Yelp]

11. Tacos El Gavilan

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7070 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The westernmost outlet of taco chain Tacos El Gavilan recently opened its doors on Sunset and La Brea, making it a surefire hotspot for the late night post-club crowd. The tacos come loaded with a generous portion of well-seasoned meat, and ring in at only $1.52 after tax. Don’t miss the loaded mulitas for for an ultra cheesy, super filling steal at $2.99. [Photo: Crystal Coser]

12. Calle Tacos

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6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-9100
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While diehard Ricky’s Fish Taco fans may scoff at the idea of eating cabbage-topped tacos filled with fish from anywhere else, Calle Tacos offers a darn right tasty option from a brick-and-mortar restaurant with a kitschy food truck façade. And with massive margaritas garnished with a Coronita and hours that stretch until 4 a.m. on the weekends, there’s no better local spot to both start and end your night. [Photo: Crystal Coser]

13. Star Of India

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730 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 939-6815
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Star of India has amassed a loyal customer base who rely on the recently relocated restaurant, now on Melrose and Vine, for straightforward Indian favorites. Lunch thalis hover around $10 and include a curry, vegetable, rice and salad. Low minimums and fast delivery make it a local standby. [Photo: Crystal Coser]

1. Ponchik Factory

6601 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
If there were ever an archetype of an under-the-radar hole in the wall, Ponchik Factory would fit the bill. Nestled in a rather ugly stretch of shops that include the morbid Hollywood Dearly Departed tour, Ponchik is perhaps the most improbable café to turn out reliable breakfast and lunchtime fare. The bare bones space specializes in rotisserie chicken that is about as juicy as it gets, but pros know to order its $4.75 breakfast burrito with a side of house made pico de gallo before breakfast ends at 11 a.m. [Photo: Yelp]
6601 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

2. RoRo's Chicken

6660 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Where can you get the best shwarma and kebabs in this neck of the woods? RoRo’s, a tiny Lebanese joint that has been a longstanding resident of the strip mall that also houses newcomer Luv2Eat. Each plate comes with garlic sauce, hummus, and enough pita to make your order into two meals. [Photo: Yelp]
6660 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

3. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

6660 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The new unlikely “it” restaurant of the blogosphere, Luv2eat had been quietly serving Southern Thai classics since last fall before making its rounds on the blogs and food-centric Instagram accounts. The buzz is for good reason. There may be no better place in the heart of Hollywood that serves up such skillfully prepared specialties like papaya salad and Phuket-style crab curry, at wallet-friendly prices. [Photo: Yelp]
6660 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Skooby's

6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
This Hollywood Boulevard institution serves its snappy hot dogs in sweet Hawaiian rolls. Be sure to go for a combo meal with Skooby’s hand-cut fries and freshly squeezed lemonade for under nine bucks. [Photo: Yelp]
6654 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. Palms Thai Restaurant

5900 Hollywood Blvd Ste B, Los Angeles, CA 90028
While Palms Thai first made a name for itself with its nightly Thai Elvis performances (sadly, Thai Elvis has retired, but live music remains), it has stuck around for its first-rate food. Dishes like barbeque beef, Thai sausage, papaya salad with raw blue crab, and dirt-cheap lunch specials, keep regulars coming back. [Photo: Yelp]
5900 Hollywood Blvd Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Rodded Restaurant

5623 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Duck noodle soup is the name of the game at Rodded, a small restaurant on the Western edge of Thai town. Tender slices of duck are bathed in a dark, aromatic broth with a selection of noodles for just under $9 with tax. Cash only. [Photo: Yelp]
5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. La Monarca Bakery & Cafe

6091 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Homegrown bakery chain La Monarca serves up a wide variety of Mexican pastries and coffee at prices that make it an affordable stop for a sweet treat. Go for the cold-brewed café de olla, prepared with cinnamon and panela, for an unbeatable pick-me-up on a hot summer day. [Photo: Yelp]
6091 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Not much needs to be said about Roscoe’s, the fried chicken and waffle institution with famous fans that include Snoop Dog, David Beckham, and President Obama. It isn’t uncommon to see a celeb or two chowing down on hunger-busting plates of the eponymous speciality at the Hollywood location. [Photo: Yelp]
1514 N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9. Smoke's Poutinerie

1552 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Canadian-born Smoke’s Poutinerie brings a taste of Canada to the heart of Hollywood. Chicken and steak varieties of the seasoned fries topped with gravy and cheese curds weigh in at under ten bucks, making it a budget-friendly way to give your arteries a run for their money. [Photo: Facebook]
1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. Cactus Mexican Food

950 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Longstanding late night taco joint Cactus Taco slings Mexican-American standbys until 4 a.m. on weekends and 3 a.m. on weeknights. The $5 Cali burrito is no doubt one of the most affordable ways to soak up a night of excess. [Photo: Yelp]
950 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

11. Tacos El Gavilan

7070 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The westernmost outlet of taco chain Tacos El Gavilan recently opened its doors on Sunset and La Brea, making it a surefire hotspot for the late night post-club crowd. The tacos come loaded with a generous portion of well-seasoned meat, and ring in at only $1.52 after tax. Don’t miss the loaded mulitas for for an ultra cheesy, super filling steal at $2.99. [Photo: Crystal Coser]
7070 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

12. Calle Tacos

6506 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
While diehard Ricky’s Fish Taco fans may scoff at the idea of eating cabbage-topped tacos filled with fish from anywhere else, Calle Tacos offers a darn right tasty option from a brick-and-mortar restaurant with a kitschy food truck façade. And with massive margaritas garnished with a Coronita and hours that stretch until 4 a.m. on the weekends, there’s no better local spot to both start and end your night. [Photo: Crystal Coser]
6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Star Of India

730 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Star of India has amassed a loyal customer base who rely on the recently relocated restaurant, now on Melrose and Vine, for straightforward Indian favorites. Lunch thalis hover around $10 and include a curry, vegetable, rice and salad. Low minimums and fast delivery make it a local standby. [Photo: Crystal Coser]
730 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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