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Wonho Frank Lee

16 Fantastic Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles

It’s easy to spend less and still eat well in LA

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Roti from Trinistyle Cuisine
| Wonho Frank Lee

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank in Los Angeles, considering nearly every neighborhood offers an array of casual restaurants serving reasonably-priced fare. From noodle soups to tacos and dumplings, it’s truly an embarrassment of riches in the Southland. Here now are 17 affordable restaurants in Los Angeles.

Added: Tamales Elena, Kagura Gardena, Trinistyle, Elena’s Greek Armenian, Mama’s Chicken, Pho Filet, Bee Taqueria

Removed: Fatima’s, Misasa, Dulan’s, Yaki’s, Corner Beef Noodle House, El Ruso

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Furnsaj Bakery & Restaurant

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11146 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 368-4000
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Charlie and Mel Succar specialize in destination-worthy Lebanese flatbread sandwiches tucked with fillings like shawarma and falafel.

Furnsaj Bakery & Restaraunt’s schwarma Josh Lurie

2. Kurrypinch | Sri Lankan Cuisine

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6159 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 646-0126
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Kurrypinch serves some of Los Angeles’s best Sri Lankan food from a tiny storefront in the heart of Van Nuys. Based on portion size alone basically everything there is a great deal, but particular attention should be paid to the $7 curry bowls and sub-$2 mackerel fritters.

Deviled Chicken from Kurrypinch in Van Nuys.
Deviled chicken from Kurrypinch
Farley Elliott

3. Me + Crepe

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89 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 345-5291
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The jianbing to order at this Vancouver-based chain is the Peking duck crepe that includes coriander, hoisin, cucumbers, and chopped duck.

4. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

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1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 241-5730
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Longtime Greek-Armenian restaurant Elena’s continues to cook some of the best kebabs in Glendale, with generous portions of chickeny rice, grilled vegetables, and well-seared meats at prices that seem like they haven’t changed for years.

Kebabs from Elena’s Greek Armenian in Glendale on a colorful blue plate.
Kebabs from Elena’s Greek Armenian
Matthew Kang

5. Spoon & Pork

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3131 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 922-6061
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This Silver Lake restaurant serves Ray Yaptinchay and Jay Tugas’s reimagined take on Filipino food. Order the adobo belly nigiri, slow-cooked pork belly with an adobo glaze served over rice, and the chori-burger featuring house-made Filipino pork chorizo on a toasted Hawaiian bun.

Dark table with colorful Filipino dishes from Spoon & Pork restaurant.
Spoon & Pork
Spoon & Pork [Official Photo]

6. Phở Filet

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9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 453-8911

One of LA’s top phở restaurants, Phở Filet does classic Southern-style phở bo with a rich but mostly clear broth that lets the flavor of the beef and its aromatics shine. Everything on the menu is excellent, and a casual meal usually runs around $15 to $20 per person.

7. Dino's Chicken & Burgers

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2575 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-3554
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Though Dino’s has been in Los Angeles for six decades, its famous red char-grilled chicken didn’t make its way onto the menu until the ‘80s. For around $10, expect a packed styrofoam container of chicken and fries with Dino’s incredible sauce.

A black grill as a hand reaches in to turn blackened chicken.
Dino’s Chicken & Burgers
Wonho Frank Lee

8. Bee Taqueria

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5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 452-9575
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Alex Carrasco, who hails from Mexico City and trained at some of Los Angeles’s top restaurants, has a wonderful gem of a taqueria with a large outdoor dining area and top-notch tacos in West Adams. The prices are certainly higher than a street-level taco spot, but the portions are very generous, with the standard tacos made on housemade tortillas. The flavors and quality of the ingredients are worth the extra cost, and overall the meal is still budget-friendly. Try the chilaquiles.

bee taqueria steak fish tacos on plate
Bee Taqueria
Farley Elliott

9. Mama's Chicken

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2510 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 292-9777
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Mama’s Chicken, the 56-year-old Hyde Park institution, is known for several things. For one, owner Karen “Mama” Whitman still makes all the chicken and turkey link sausages herself, while locals know to head for the breakfast combinations with two eggs, two hot cakes, and two pieces of sausage for $11. One could opt for the $6 BLT or Whitman’s fried chicken dinner with a roll, fries, or potato salad for only $8.95, too.

10. Tamales Elena Y Antojitos

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8101 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 674-3043
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Longtime food truck Tamales Elenas has a handy drive-thru and casual restaurant in Bell Gardens now, with some of the city’s best tamales, pozoles, and guisados that come in generous portions.

Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena.
Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena
Wonho Frank Lee

11. Trinistyle Cuisine

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2159 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(310) 936-6876
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Currently weekend-only Trinistyle is one of the few Trinidadian restaurants in Los Angeles with a permanent space. The former caterer and street vendor now serves delicious roti and doubles in a South LA strip mall. Check Instagram for the latest hours.

Doubles from Trinistyle Cuisine
Doubles from Trinistyle Cuisine
Wonho Frank Lee

12. Zam Zam Market

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13649 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 978-1927
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Cult favorite Pakistani restaurant Zam Zam Market serves some of the best stews, rice dishes, and breads around, perfect for a hearty, warming winter meal.

Biryani and chicken tandoori with naan at Zam Zam Market
Zam Zam Market
Stan Lee

13. Kagura Gardena

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1740 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 701-7516
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Japanese restaurant Kagura has an approachable stand at the Tokyo Central Market along Artesia Boulevard in Gardena serving everything from tonkatsu platters to katsu sando at prices that are a fraction of its Torrance and El Segundo restaurants.

Tonkatsu set at Kagura Gardena with fried pork, steamed rice, and miso soup on a plastic tray.
Tonkatsu set from Kagura Gardena
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14. Surati Farsan

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11814 186th St
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 860-2310
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Tantalizing methai (sweets) and chat (snacks) are what it’s all about at Surati Farsan Mart, a stylish shop specializing in Gujarati-style nibbles since 1986. The pani puri are pitch-perfect — delicate whole-wheat shells filled with mung beans, potatoes, and jaljira, a cool liquid imbued with herbs and spices, and drizzled with chutneys.

For wonderful Indian sweets and snacks: Surati Farsan Mart.
Surati Farsan
Cathy Chaplin

15. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

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1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 433-0032
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The Tan family has been dishing up Cambodian-style noodles, porridge, and fried breads since 1985. The Phnom Penh noodles are a must-order for first-timers and regulars alike. Each bowl is layered with springy rice noodles, tail-on shrimp, porky odds and ends, fried garlic, and fresh cilantro, and can be served ladled with scalding hot soup or dry with a bowl of broth on the side.

16. Busy Bee Market

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2413 S Walker Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 832-8660
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Busy Bee may well be the most famous restaurant in all of San Pedro, owing to its giant and meaty belly-buster sandwich. Still, great deals can be had for at or around $10 a pop, from pastrami to roast beef and beyond.

A hand holds up a pastrami sandwich that is falling apart.
Busy Bee Market
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1. Furnsaj Bakery & Restaurant

11146 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344
Furnsaj Bakery & Restaraunt’s schwarma Josh Lurie

Charlie and Mel Succar specialize in destination-worthy Lebanese flatbread sandwiches tucked with fillings like shawarma and falafel.

11146 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344

2. Kurrypinch | Sri Lankan Cuisine

6159 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
Deviled Chicken from Kurrypinch in Van Nuys.
Deviled chicken from Kurrypinch
Farley Elliott

Kurrypinch serves some of Los Angeles’s best Sri Lankan food from a tiny storefront in the heart of Van Nuys. Based on portion size alone basically everything there is a great deal, but particular attention should be paid to the $7 curry bowls and sub-$2 mackerel fritters.

6159 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401

3. Me + Crepe

89 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

The jianbing to order at this Vancouver-based chain is the Peking duck crepe that includes coriander, hoisin, cucumbers, and chopped duck.

89 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

4. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
Kebabs from Elena’s Greek Armenian in Glendale on a colorful blue plate.
Kebabs from Elena’s Greek Armenian
Matthew Kang

Longtime Greek-Armenian restaurant Elena’s continues to cook some of the best kebabs in Glendale, with generous portions of chickeny rice, grilled vegetables, and well-seared meats at prices that seem like they haven’t changed for years.

1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

5. Spoon & Pork

3131 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dark table with colorful Filipino dishes from Spoon & Pork restaurant.
Spoon & Pork
Spoon & Pork [Official Photo]

This Silver Lake restaurant serves Ray Yaptinchay and Jay Tugas’s reimagined take on Filipino food. Order the adobo belly nigiri, slow-cooked pork belly with an adobo glaze served over rice, and the chori-burger featuring house-made Filipino pork chorizo on a toasted Hawaiian bun.

3131 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Phở Filet

9463 Garvey Ave ste a, South El Monte, CA 91733

One of LA’s top phở restaurants, Phở Filet does classic Southern-style phở bo with a rich but mostly clear broth that lets the flavor of the beef and its aromatics shine. Everything on the menu is excellent, and a casual meal usually runs around $15 to $20 per person.

9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733

7. Dino's Chicken & Burgers

2575 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
A black grill as a hand reaches in to turn blackened chicken.
Dino’s Chicken & Burgers
Wonho Frank Lee

Though Dino’s has been in Los Angeles for six decades, its famous red char-grilled chicken didn’t make its way onto the menu until the ‘80s. For around $10, expect a packed styrofoam container of chicken and fries with Dino’s incredible sauce.

2575 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

8. Bee Taqueria

5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
bee taqueria steak fish tacos on plate
Bee Taqueria
Farley Elliott

Alex Carrasco, who hails from Mexico City and trained at some of Los Angeles’s top restaurants, has a wonderful gem of a taqueria with a large outdoor dining area and top-notch tacos in West Adams. The prices are certainly higher than a street-level taco spot, but the portions are very generous, with the standard tacos made on housemade tortillas. The flavors and quality of the ingredients are worth the extra cost, and overall the meal is still budget-friendly. Try the chilaquiles.

5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

9. Mama's Chicken

2510 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Mama’s Chicken, the 56-year-old Hyde Park institution, is known for several things. For one, owner Karen “Mama” Whitman still makes all the chicken and turkey link sausages herself, while locals know to head for the breakfast combinations with two eggs, two hot cakes, and two pieces of sausage for $11. One could opt for the $6 BLT or Whitman’s fried chicken dinner with a roll, fries, or potato salad for only $8.95, too.

2510 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

10. Tamales Elena Y Antojitos

8101 Garfield Ave, Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena.
Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena
Wonho Frank Lee

Longtime food truck Tamales Elenas has a handy drive-thru and casual restaurant in Bell Gardens now, with some of the city’s best tamales, pozoles, and guisados that come in generous portions.

8101 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201

11. Trinistyle Cuisine

2159 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Doubles from Trinistyle Cuisine
Doubles from Trinistyle Cuisine
Wonho Frank Lee

Currently weekend-only Trinistyle is one of the few Trinidadian restaurants in Los Angeles with a permanent space. The former caterer and street vendor now serves delicious roti and doubles in a South LA strip mall. Check Instagram for the latest hours.

2159 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90047

12. Zam Zam Market

13649 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Biryani and chicken tandoori with naan at Zam Zam Market
Zam Zam Market
Stan Lee

Cult favorite Pakistani restaurant Zam Zam Market serves some of the best stews, rice dishes, and breads around, perfect for a hearty, warming winter meal.

13649 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

13. Kagura Gardena

1740 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
Tonkatsu set at Kagura Gardena with fried pork, steamed rice, and miso soup on a plastic tray.
Tonkatsu set from Kagura Gardena
Matthew Kang

Japanese restaurant Kagura has an approachable stand at the Tokyo Central Market along Artesia Boulevard in Gardena serving everything from tonkatsu platters to katsu sando at prices that are a fraction of its Torrance and El Segundo restaurants.

1740 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248

14. Surati Farsan

11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701
For wonderful Indian sweets and snacks: Surati Farsan Mart.
Surati Farsan
Cathy Chaplin

Tantalizing methai (sweets) and chat (snacks) are what it’s all about at Surati Farsan Mart, a stylish shop specializing in Gujarati-style nibbles since 1986. The pani puri are pitch-perfect — delicate whole-wheat shells filled with mung beans, potatoes, and jaljira, a cool liquid imbued with herbs and spices, and drizzled with chutneys.

11814 186th St
Artesia, CA 90701

15. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

1644 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

The Tan family has been dishing up Cambodian-style noodles, porridge, and fried breads since 1985. The Phnom Penh noodles are a must-order for first-timers and regulars alike. Each bowl is layered with springy rice noodles, tail-on shrimp, porky odds and ends, fried garlic, and fresh cilantro, and can be served ladled with scalding hot soup or dry with a bowl of broth on the side.

1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

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16. Busy Bee Market

2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
A hand holds up a pastrami sandwich that is falling apart.
Busy Bee Market
Crystal Coser

Busy Bee may well be the most famous restaurant in all of San Pedro, owing to its giant and meaty belly-buster sandwich. Still, great deals can be had for at or around $10 a pop, from pastrami to roast beef and beyond.

2413 S Walker Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731

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