This story comes courtesy of Refinery 29.
Each week, it seems like there's a new, must-visit venue to add to our ever-growing grub bucket list. So, while our waistlines may be expanding due to the influx of great gourmet meals, our bank accounts are actually starting to look a bit thin. What's a gal to do when Top Ramen is most certainly out of the question? She hits up L.A.'s coolest cooking pros for their fave cheap eats around town.
Naturally, these off-duty dishes aren't served at Michelin-starred eateries, but inexpensive, hole-in-the-wall haunts that you'd be hard-pressed to find without a guide. Problem solved: from tacos to tofu, pho to pastrami, this menu of cheap, noteworthy noshes is filled with a ton of flavor. Did we mention that your final bill will be less than your weekly mani? Seriously, being frugal never tasted so good.
Take a look at some LA chefs' favorite cheap eats, and head over to Refinery 29 for the full list:
Jordan Toft, <a href="http://www.theeveleigh.com/" target="_hplink">Eveleigh</a> "I love the Lengua Tacos at Pinches on Sunset." <a href="http://www.pinchestacos.com/" target="_hplink">Pinches Tacos</a>, 8200 Sunset Boulevard (at Havenhurst Drive); 323-650-0614. Photos: By Lauren Sklar; Courtesy of Eveleigh
Zach Pollack, <a href="http://www.sottorestaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Sotto</a> "The kitchen's slowly simmered 60-hour broth (the evil-but-delicious mutant offspring of suine and seafood) is rich by itself, but combine it with chewy noodles, fatty roast-pork belly, and a perfect soft egg, and you'll find yourself seriously reevaluating the importance of your cholesterol level. After all, Japan has the world's longest life expectancy, right?" <a href="http://www.tsujita-la.com/" target="_hplink">Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles</a>, 2057 Sawtelle Boulevard (at Mississippi Avenue); 310-231-7373. Photos: Courtesy of SauceLA; By Lauren Sklar
Joshua Whigham, The Bazaar by José Andrés "The best place to go late night in Koreatown is Dan Sung Sa (a.k.a. 6th and Berendo). The food is spot-on every time and the vibe is very laid back. The Seafood Pancake and Pork Belly with Kimchi is amazing. But please don't go -- I want to be able to get a table!" <a href="http://dansungsausa.com/about dansungsa.html" target="_hplink">Dan Sung Sa</a>, 3317 West 6th Street (at South Berendo Street); 213-487-9100. Photos: Courtesy of Bullfrog & Baum; Via Dan Sung Sa
Ricardo Zarate, <a href="http://www.piccaperu.com/" target="_hplink">Picca</a> and <a href="http://mo-chica.com/" target="_hplink">Mo-Chica</a> "I've been following Roy Choi's BBQ truck for a while now. I especially like the Short Rib Taco -- the complex mix of flavors between the rich short ribs, spices, and lime make these tacos my favorite two bites. The Sliders (I request them with pork) are also great. The combination of the pork sesame mayo, cheese, salsa roja, and cabbage (romaine slaw tossed in a chili-soy vinaigrette) all piled on toasted buns, makes this slider a must. Roy's approach to food is fun and delicious. It shows his passion for a wide variety of cuisines." <a href="http://kogibbq.com/" target="_hplink">Kogi Truck</a>, check <a href="http://kogibbq.com/" target="_hplink">schedule</a> for times and locations, 323-315-0253. Photos: Via Facebook/Kogi Truck; Courtesy of SauceLA
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, <a href="http://animalrestaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Animal</a> and <a href="http://sonofagunrestaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Son Of A Gun</a> "We love Ruen Pair for Thai food. It's fast, delicious, and always satisfies." <a href="http://ruenpair.menutoeat.com/" target="_hplink">Ruen Pair</a>, 5257 Hollywood Boulevard (between North Serrano Avenue and North Harvard Boulevard); 323-466-0153. Photos: Via Facebook/Animal; By Lauren Sklar
Ashley James, <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/losangeles/" target="_hplink">Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles</a> "I love Greenblatt's Deli for several reasons: It's very close to where I live, it's open every day until 2 a.m., they have great service, and they have a fantastic selection of wines! You wouldn't think it, but I once popped in just to have a sandwich and when I asked for a glass of wine it was as if I was being treated by a sommelier from my own restaurant! They knew everything about the winemaker and gave an excellent description. I also love the chicken Matzoball Soup, Reuben Sandwich, and Chocolate Cake." <a href="http://greenblattsdeli.com/" target="_hplink">Greenblatt's Deli</a>, 8017 Sunset Boulevard (at North Laurel Avenue); 323-656-0606. Photos: By Lauren Sklar; Courtesy of Bullfrog & Baum