CHEAP EATS IN LOS AN­GE­LES

LA is a city of ever-evolv­ing tastes, where many restau­rants are pitched at the A-list, but you’ll find plenty of bud­get op­tions too. Here are some of our fa­vorite cre­ative eater­ies that are pop­u­lar with thri y An­ge­lenos.

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HOL­LY­WOOD & WEST

Eg­gslut Break­fast $

In this post-in­dus­trial Venice out­post of the hip­ster fa­vorite, the best seller is the Fair­fax sand­wich, a lov­ably gooey mess of scram­bled eggs, caramelized onion and sriracha mayo. The name­sake, the “slut,” is a cod­dled egg on top of potato purée in a jar, served with cros­tini.

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eg­gslut.com; 1611

Pa­cific Ave.

Fleishik’s

Eric Greenspan set a na­tion­wide trend with his Grilled Cheese truck, but his new restau­rant, oŽer­ing “Sand­wiches, Nosh & Whiskey” is a re­turn to his Jewish roots – sort of. Every­thing is kosher here. The bubbe (grand­mother) sand­wich is brisket with crispy chicken skin, onions and

» horse­rad­ish. fleishiks

.com; 7563 Bev­erly Blvd.

Jeni’s Los Feliz

Ice Cream $

Ex­pect a line of cus­tomers at this Ohio im­port, which scoops some of the creami­est, most in­ven­tive ice cream you’ve ever tasted, and oŽers top-notch ser­vice. Sig­na­ture fla­vors in­clude brown but­ter al­mond brit­tle and ries­ling poached-pear sor­bet. Can’t de­cide? Ask for a

» taste, or two. je­nis.com;

1954 Hill­hurst Ave.

Mer­cado La Paloma

Food Hall $

If you’re near Expo Park or USC, it’s worth the walk un­der the free­way to this fab­u­lous food hall. A dozen restau­rant stalls sell every­thing from Yu­catán to Ethiopian cui­sine, and ce­viche to coŽee. Top billing goes to Chichén Itzá, win­ner of nu­mer­ous awards for gourmet Yu­catán cook­ing such as achiote-mar­i­nated pork or chicken and tamales in banana leaves.

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mer­cadola­paloma .com; 3655 S. Grand Ave.

Night + Mar­ket Song

Thai $$

A‡er cul­ti­vat­ing a cult fol­low­ing in West Hol­ly­wood, this glee­fully gar­ish tem­ple to real-deal Thai and Cam­bo­dian street food is killing it in Sil­ver Lake. Perk up the taste buds with spicy larb (minced-meat salad), proper pad Thai and harder-to-find spe­cial­ties such as Isaan-style fer­mented pork sausage. The place can get crazy busy, so con­sider stop­ping by early in the week.

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night­mar­ketla.com;

3322 Sun­set Blvd.

DOWN­TOWN & EAST

Din Tai Fung Chinese $

It’s a tes­ta­ment to the

San Gabriel Val­ley’s eth­nic Chinese com­mu­nity that Tai­wan’s most es­teemed dumpling house opened its first U.S. out­post here. The huge menu goes be­yond dumplings as well, but ev­ery­one or­ders pork

xi­ao­long­bao – steamed dumplings juicy with rich broth. Ex­pect long waits – it’s worth it.

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din­tai­fun­gusa.com; 1108 S. Bald­win Ave., Ar­ca­dia

Donut Friend

Dough­nuts

“Donuts. Done diŽer­ently” is its slo­gan, and this place is not kid­ding. Here, the beloved treats might be sprin­kled with co­conut ba­con, stuŽed with ve­gan cream cheese and fresh basil, or driz­zled in matcha tea or maple glaze. If you pre­fer, you can cus­tom­ize your or­der.

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donut­friend.com; 5107

York Blvd.

Guisa­dos Tacos $

Guisa­dos’ ci­ty­wide fame is founded on its tacos

de guisa­dos; warm, thick, hand­made corn tor­tillas made to or­der and topped with sul­try, smoky, slow-cooked stews. Do your­self a fa­vor and or­der the sam­pler plate, a demo­cratic mix of six mini tacos. The en­tire menu

» is gluten-free. guisa­dos

.co; 2100 E. Ce­sar Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights

Kitchen Mouse

Vege­tar­ian

A su­per-cute café, Kitchen Mouse is a High­land Park fa­vorite for its gen­er­ous, mood-li‡ing ve­gan and vege­tar­ian dishes, such as the avo­cado TLT, a combo of avo­cado, cherry toma­toes and tem­peh spiked with hot DŠon mus­tard and crunchy sun­flower brit­tle. Good coŽee, too.

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kitchen­mousela.com; 5904 N. Figueroa St., High­land Park

NBC Seafood

Dim Sum

Be­hind the ro­tunda fa­cade, this San Gabriel Val­ley dim-sum in­sti­tu­tion seats 388 at a time. At peak hours (roughly 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on $ week­ends) all seats are full, with a line out the door. Shrimp har gao, pan-fried leek dumplings and ad­dic­tive shrimp on sug­ar­cane are worth the wait, as are dozens of other small plates wheeled around on carts.

nbcrestau­rant.com; 404-A Atlantic Blvd., Mon­terey Park »

Porto’s

Cuban, Bak­ery

At this sprawl­ing bak­erycafé (there’s also a smaller Burbank lo­ca­tion), diŽer­ent sta­tions dis­pense hearty sand­wiches, lus­cious cakes and ob­ses­sion-wor­thy paste­les (small pas­tries). Deep-fried potato balls filled with meat or cheese and jalapeños de­fine com­fort food, as do flaky guava-cheese pas­tries and meaty sand­wiches such as

me­di­anoche and the Cuban. There’s sim­ple cafe­te­ria-style seat­ing if you can bag a spot.

» por­tos­bak­ery.com; 315 N. Brand Blvd., Glen­dale

Fla­vors from across the Pa­cific at Night + Mar­ket Song

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