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10 San Fernando Valley Cheap Eats to Know About

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Hayat's Kitchen
| Farley Eliott

The San Fernando Valley is a treasure trove of inexpensive things to eat, thanks to its reduced rent prices and a more culturally diverse clientele. Deals can swing between cheap banh mi sandwiches and Thai specialties to soul food mainstays and low-cost burgers in just a matter of miles, though some of the most amazing affordable dining deals tend to be found on the fringes of the Valley.

Still, these are ten unstoppable options for dining on the cheap in the SFV, with bonus points for having only one restaurant actually on Ventura Boulevard, which is otherwise considered to be the one of the longest and most concentrated dining strips in all of Los Angeles. Time to explore!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BatterFish

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16200 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91436
(818) 907-7305
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Does Encino secretly house the city’s best fish and chips shop? So say many, who have become enamored with the high-quality product being put out for around $9.

2. Beeps 50's Diner

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16063 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 781-0830
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Want to head straight back to the 1950’s, with prices that nearly match? Try Beeps in Van Nuys (which did open in 1956, in fact), where shakes and pancakes still make the menu, and a half-pound double cheeseburger hovers at $5. Don’t forget add on a corn dog for a couple of bucks more.[Photo:Facebook]

3. Bills Burgers

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14742 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 785-4086

There’s nothing better than when a legendary place follows through on price and quality. That’s what you’ll get at the longstanding Bill’s Hamburgers in Van Nuys, which still pushes cheap-as-hell burgers almost every day to scores of hungry diners willing to pull up a stool.

4. Bowl & Burger

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21315 Saticoy St #D
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 347-0776

True to its name, Canoga Park’s Bowl & Burger is a great spot for simple rice bowls and classic cheeseburgers. The shop does a bit of everything, from serving up blistered jalapeños alongside fried fish to serving platters full of teriyaki chicken or grilled beef — always in massive portions, often for $10 or less.[Photo:Yelp]

5. Bun Me!

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9420 Reseda Blvd #5
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 993-0438
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a single item on the Bun Me! menu over $7.50. Mostly it’s quality banh mi sandwiches in the $4 range, and pho that hovers near $6.50, set in a Northridge strip mall with all-day hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.[Photo:Yelp]

6. Hayat's Kitchen

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11009 Burbank Blvd #117
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 761-4656

With sandwiches that sit well below $10 and dinner plates that don’t crawl much over, Hayat’s is one of the most consistent deals in the San Fernando Valley. It helps, of course, that their food is absolutely first-rate.

7. Jabal Lebnan (Mediterranean Kitchen)

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8823 Sunland Blvd
Sun Valley, CA 91352
(818) 504-2227

At this Sun Valley spot, sandwiches stand tall at $5 or less, while a $9 whole roast chicken deal works for takeout only. Plus, free delivery for orders over $20![Photo:Yelp]

8. La Ramadita

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5938 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

This cash only spot in North Hollywood does the classic soaked Mexican sandwich to perfection, offering huge portions on the cheap.

9. Les Sisters

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21818 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 998-0755
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Les Sisters does Southern-style soul food with a New Orleans bent, rocking a sub-$10 lunch menu that lets people grab half a chicken or honey-glazed pork chop, plus a side and bread, and still get change back.[Photo:Facebook]

10. Lum-ka-naad

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8920 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 882-3028
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Every single lunch special at this Northridge destination runs $8.45, and could include everything from chicken satay fried rice to a simple pad Thai. Not bad for one of the area’s best Thai food options, especially when the regularly-priced evening meals are also still a bargain.[Photo:Yelp]

1. BatterFish

16200 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91436

Does Encino secretly house the city’s best fish and chips shop? So say many, who have become enamored with the high-quality product being put out for around $9.

16200 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91436

2. Beeps 50's Diner

16063 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Want to head straight back to the 1950’s, with prices that nearly match? Try Beeps in Van Nuys (which did open in 1956, in fact), where shakes and pancakes still make the menu, and a half-pound double cheeseburger hovers at $5. Don’t forget add on a corn dog for a couple of bucks more.[Photo:Facebook]

16063 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406

3. Bills Burgers

14742 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

There’s nothing better than when a legendary place follows through on price and quality. That’s what you’ll get at the longstanding Bill’s Hamburgers in Van Nuys, which still pushes cheap-as-hell burgers almost every day to scores of hungry diners willing to pull up a stool.

14742 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411

4. Bowl & Burger

21315 Saticoy St #D, Canoga Park, CA 91304

True to its name, Canoga Park’s Bowl & Burger is a great spot for simple rice bowls and classic cheeseburgers. The shop does a bit of everything, from serving up blistered jalapeños alongside fried fish to serving platters full of teriyaki chicken or grilled beef — always in massive portions, often for $10 or less.[Photo:Yelp]

21315 Saticoy St #D
Canoga Park, CA 91304

5. Bun Me!

9420 Reseda Blvd #5, Northridge, CA 91324

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single item on the Bun Me! menu over $7.50. Mostly it’s quality banh mi sandwiches in the $4 range, and pho that hovers near $6.50, set in a Northridge strip mall with all-day hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.[Photo:Yelp]

9420 Reseda Blvd #5
Northridge, CA 91324

6. Hayat's Kitchen

11009 Burbank Blvd #117, North Hollywood, CA 91601

With sandwiches that sit well below $10 and dinner plates that don’t crawl much over, Hayat’s is one of the most consistent deals in the San Fernando Valley. It helps, of course, that their food is absolutely first-rate.

11009 Burbank Blvd #117
North Hollywood, CA 91601

7. Jabal Lebnan (Mediterranean Kitchen)

8823 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

At this Sun Valley spot, sandwiches stand tall at $5 or less, while a $9 whole roast chicken deal works for takeout only. Plus, free delivery for orders over $20![Photo:Yelp]

8823 Sunland Blvd
Sun Valley, CA 91352

8. La Ramadita

5938 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

This cash only spot in North Hollywood does the classic soaked Mexican sandwich to perfection, offering huge portions on the cheap.

5938 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

9. Les Sisters

21818 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Les Sisters does Southern-style soul food with a New Orleans bent, rocking a sub-$10 lunch menu that lets people grab half a chicken or honey-glazed pork chop, plus a side and bread, and still get change back.[Photo:Facebook]

21818 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

10. Lum-ka-naad

8920 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

Every single lunch special at this Northridge destination runs $8.45, and could include everything from chicken satay fried rice to a simple pad Thai. Not bad for one of the area’s best Thai food options, especially when the regularly-priced evening meals are also still a bargain.[Photo:Yelp]

8920 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324

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