Great Eats on the Cheap: L.A.'s Best-Value Restaurants

At restaurants all over Los Angeles, there are great deals to be had on delicious food, which makes it tough to choose the ten best-value L.A. restaurants. Of course, inexpensive and delicious taco stands and trucks are everywhere – that's what the city is justifiably famous for – but there's more to cheap eats in the City of Angels than simply Mexican specialties. From pizza to organic salads to vegan delights, there are plenty of places that won't break the bank while leaving you not only sated, but often with enough food to actually have two meals for the price of one. For outrageously good tacos, Guisano's and Tito's Tacos lead the way. Vegetarians and vegans know that Tender Greens and Vegan Glory are two top choices in the Southland, while pizza lovers cannot go wrong with Joe's Pizza. And for those in downtown Los Angeles, there's a cornucopia of reasonably priced eateries inside the venerable Grand Central Market, which is undergoing a real foodie Renaissance these days. And Versailles Cuban Restaurant takes the prize as the best value in town, with its always satisfying, inexpensive platters of shredded pork or garlic chicken, served on plates groaning with rice, beans and plantains, too.



Ever since 1959, Dinah's Family Restaurant has made the corner of Sepulveda and Centinela in Westchester a culinary landmark. Still family owned after all those years, the diner-style eatery is often so packed (especially on Sundays) that...  Read More

Ike's Place
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Ike's Place in Westwood is the only Los Angeles enclave of the much-loved sandwich shop that Ike Shehadeh started in San Francisco on Halloween 2007. There are over 25 locations these days, which makes it pretty obvious that Ike is doing...  Read More



At Grand Central Market, you'll find a wide assortment of restaurants " and there is sure to be at least one that tickles your palate and isn't too hard on your wallet. Look for lean pastrami and other house-smoked meats and fish at Wexler's...  Read More

Patys Restaurant
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Patys Restaurant opened near Warner Bros. Studio in Toluca Lake in 1960 and has been going strong ever since. It certainly helps that back in the day people like Bob Hope, James Garner and John Wayne used to stop in for a bite; these days, you...  Read More

Boyle Heights
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Guisados began in 2010 as a small taco shop in Boyle Heights, with the idea of making Mexican food just like Mama used to make at home. Think meat and chilies in a simmering stew, usually served on warm homemade corn tortillas. The owners "...  Read More

Vegan Glory


Sunny and bright, Vegan Glory is a vegan Thai restaurant that attracts diners from across the Southland looking for tasty, healthy, non-meat-based dishes. While plenty of menu options feature only vegetables, you'll also find soy and wheat...  Read More

Joe's Pizza
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When Guiseppe (Joe) Vitale moved to New York City from Sicily in 1978, he never imagined that he'd become one of Los Angeles' most-loved pizza-pie makers. He honed his skills for years in Brooklyn, working as a pizza maker, then opened his own...  Read More

Culver City
Tito's Tacos


Looking for the real thing in Los Angeles? Then head to Culver City and Tito's Tacos, the legendary taco stand that has been dishing out addictive burritos and tacos since 1959. That's the reason you'll almost always see a line; they are usually...  Read More

Tender Greens
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Tender Greens began its takeover of California with a small casual restaurant in Culver City about ten years ago, with the idea of bringing a farm-to-table eating concept that wouldn't break the bank. Nowadays there are locations all over...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
Versailles Cuban Restaurant
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Versailles, the venerable Cuban restaurant that began in Culver City and now boasts locations in Encino and on the La Cienega corridor in the heart of Los Angeles, has consistently served up some of the best food in Southern California since...  Read More


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