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Big Dean's Double Burger, Santa Monica Pier
Big Dean's Double Burger, Santa Monica Pier

10 LA Westside Cheap Eats For Under $10

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Big Dean's Double Burger, Santa Monica Pier

Sometimes The Westside has a reputation for being uber healthy and often in the realm of unaffordable. But like most parts of town, wonderful gems that won't break the bank are there if you take the time to search them out. Here now, a guide to solid Westside eats that won't run you more than $10.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 268-8242
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Walking into Bay Cities can be overwhelming, especially with the herd of people ordering cold cuts, sandwiches, and Italian dishes shoulder to shoulder. The good news is that their small sandwiches are under $10 and work for lunch or dinner. The famous godmother with the works, and the burrata caprese are two must-haves here. Pro tip: Order it online, so you don’t have to wait for your number to be called. [Photo: Yelp]

2. Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe

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1615 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-2666
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Located comfortably under the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s is a great spot to grab a beer after a long day at the beach. In addition, the Big Dean’s cheeseburger gives In-N-Out a run for its money with a double cheese, double meat burger smothered in special sauce; consider adding grilled onions to seal the deal. You can’t beat the $7.50 price tag for a great burger with ocean views. [Photo: Keyla Vasconcellos]

3. Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company

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1720 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-4545
Decent Philly cheese steaks in LA are hard to come by, but Great Western Steak & Hoagie will satisfy the craving. This hole in the wall on Lincoln has been around for over 20 years and the prices are satisfyingly cheap, especially if you end up sharing. With prices ranging from $7 to $8, it's pretty darn affordable for the Westside. It’s cash only, but an ATM is on site for your convenience. [Photo: Instagram]

4. Gjelina Take Away

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1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-7575
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Gjelina’s sister takeaway spot features numerous breakfast menu options under $10. The GTA egg sandwich with braised kale, melted Gruyere, fried egg, bacon and hot sauce can really make your morning. Otherwise, consider frittatas, breakfast toasts, porridge and more that won’t break the bank. Keep in mind that GTA stops serving breakfast at 11:15 a.m. [Photo: Yelp]

5. Joe's Pizza

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111 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-9222
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For a little refresher what pizza was like in New York City, get a slice of the grandma pizza after a long night of drinking. Your body and wallet will thank you in the morning with the affordable $4 slice. For those who need a reminder of what grandma pizza includes; it has grandma’s secret marinara sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Parmesan Reggiano, asiago, fresh basil, and olive oil. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Mendocino Farms

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4724 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-2300
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Mendocino Farms has quickly become a great sandwich hotspot with plenty of options. Most sandwiches are under $10 and boast high quality ingredients. From seasonal sandwiches like the Molly’s Greek Vacation Sandwich to classic sandwiches like the blue buffalo with blue cheese cabbage slaw and roasted free-range chicken in a spicy buffalo sauce, you can’t go wrong. There are plenty of vegan and veggie options as well in the range of affordability. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Nekter Juice Bar

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1422 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(800) 385-1650
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To start your day off on the right foot, Nekter has the morning essentials. Fresh pressed juices, smoothies and açai bowls will keep you satisfied and energized. Açai bowls are affordable here at around $6.75. The Açai PB tastes like dessert with acai, banana, dates, frozen strawberries, peanut butter and cashew nutmilk blended together and topped with fresh fruit. [Photo: Yelp]

8. Sunny Blue

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2728 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-9030
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While Santa Monica’s Main St. has an array of food options, Sunny Blue is a great option. It offers omusubi, which are Japanese rice balls with different fillings inside and perfect for when you’re on the go. Best part: They're priced at $3.15, including a variety of different kinds like Sunny Blue curry with chicken and scallions simmered in curry or the Kara tuna with albacore tuna, diced cucumbers, onions and a spicy mayo sauce. [Photo: Yelp]

9. Sweetfin Poké

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829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-1097
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Check out Sweet Fin Poké in Santa Monica for a lighter meal. The poké craze is in full swing and this new spot doesn’t disappoint. Small signature bowls are less than $10 and some examples include the classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and more. If you’re feeling creative, build your own bowl by choosing a protein, sauce and a base along with a plethora of toppings. [Photo: Yelp]

10. Tacos Por Favor

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1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 392-5768
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For the Westside, Tacos Por Favor has great affordable Mexican food. All sizeable tacos are under $4.25 and there are tons to choose from. Otherwise, pick between burritos, taquitos, tortas, nachos, and other hearty inexpensive Mexican eats at this Santa Monica classic spot. [Photo: Yelp]

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1. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Walking into Bay Cities can be overwhelming, especially with the herd of people ordering cold cuts, sandwiches, and Italian dishes shoulder to shoulder. The good news is that their small sandwiches are under $10 and work for lunch or dinner. The famous godmother with the works, and the burrata caprese are two must-haves here. Pro tip: Order it online, so you don’t have to wait for your number to be called. [Photo: Yelp]
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe

1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Located comfortably under the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s is a great spot to grab a beer after a long day at the beach. In addition, the Big Dean’s cheeseburger gives In-N-Out a run for its money with a double cheese, double meat burger smothered in special sauce; consider adding grilled onions to seal the deal. You can’t beat the $7.50 price tag for a great burger with ocean views. [Photo: Keyla Vasconcellos]
1615 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401

3. Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company

1720 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Decent Philly cheese steaks in LA are hard to come by, but Great Western Steak & Hoagie will satisfy the craving. This hole in the wall on Lincoln has been around for over 20 years and the prices are satisfyingly cheap, especially if you end up sharing. With prices ranging from $7 to $8, it's pretty darn affordable for the Westside. It’s cash only, but an ATM is on site for your convenience. [Photo: Instagram]
1720 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

4. Gjelina Take Away

1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Gjelina’s sister takeaway spot features numerous breakfast menu options under $10. The GTA egg sandwich with braised kale, melted Gruyere, fried egg, bacon and hot sauce can really make your morning. Otherwise, consider frittatas, breakfast toasts, porridge and more that won’t break the bank. Keep in mind that GTA stops serving breakfast at 11:15 a.m. [Photo: Yelp]
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

5. Joe's Pizza

111 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
For a little refresher what pizza was like in New York City, get a slice of the grandma pizza after a long night of drinking. Your body and wallet will thank you in the morning with the affordable $4 slice. For those who need a reminder of what grandma pizza includes; it has grandma’s secret marinara sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Parmesan Reggiano, asiago, fresh basil, and olive oil. [Photo: Yelp]
111 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

6. Mendocino Farms

4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Mendocino Farms has quickly become a great sandwich hotspot with plenty of options. Most sandwiches are under $10 and boast high quality ingredients. From seasonal sandwiches like the Molly’s Greek Vacation Sandwich to classic sandwiches like the blue buffalo with blue cheese cabbage slaw and roasted free-range chicken in a spicy buffalo sauce, you can’t go wrong. There are plenty of vegan and veggie options as well in the range of affordability. [Photo: Yelp]
4724 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

7. Nekter Juice Bar

1422 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
To start your day off on the right foot, Nekter has the morning essentials. Fresh pressed juices, smoothies and açai bowls will keep you satisfied and energized. Açai bowls are affordable here at around $6.75. The Açai PB tastes like dessert with acai, banana, dates, frozen strawberries, peanut butter and cashew nutmilk blended together and topped with fresh fruit. [Photo: Yelp]
1422 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. Sunny Blue

2728 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
While Santa Monica’s Main St. has an array of food options, Sunny Blue is a great option. It offers omusubi, which are Japanese rice balls with different fillings inside and perfect for when you’re on the go. Best part: They're priced at $3.15, including a variety of different kinds like Sunny Blue curry with chicken and scallions simmered in curry or the Kara tuna with albacore tuna, diced cucumbers, onions and a spicy mayo sauce. [Photo: Yelp]
2728 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

9. Sweetfin Poké

829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Check out Sweet Fin Poké in Santa Monica for a lighter meal. The poké craze is in full swing and this new spot doesn’t disappoint. Small signature bowls are less than $10 and some examples include the classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and more. If you’re feeling creative, build your own bowl by choosing a protein, sauce and a base along with a plethora of toppings. [Photo: Yelp]
829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

10. Tacos Por Favor

1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
For the Westside, Tacos Por Favor has great affordable Mexican food. All sizeable tacos are under $4.25 and there are tons to choose from. Otherwise, pick between burritos, taquitos, tortas, nachos, and other hearty inexpensive Mexican eats at this Santa Monica classic spot. [Photo: Yelp]
1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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