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.
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.
Eric Greenspan set a nationwide trend with his Grilled Cheese truck, but his new restaurant, oering “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 oers 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 coee. 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.
mercadolapaloma .com; 3655 S. Grand Ave.
Night + Market Song
Aer 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.
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.
dintaifungusa.com; 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
“Donuts. Done dierently” is its slogan, and this place is not kidding. Here, the beloved treats might be sprinkled with coconut bacon, stued with vegan cream cheese and fresh basil, or drizzled in matcha tea or maple glaze. If you prefer, you can customize your order.
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
A super-cute café, Kitchen Mouse is a Highland Park favorite for its generous, mood-liing vegan and vegetarian dishes, such as the avocado TLT, a combo of avocado, cherry tomatoes and tempeh spiked with hot Don mustard and crunchy sunflower brittle. Good coee, too.
kitchenmousela.com; 5904 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
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 »
At this sprawling bakerycafé (there’s also a smaller Burbank location), dierent 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