07/15/2012 09:39 am ET Updated Jul 15, 2012

LA Cheap Eats: Local Chefs Name Their Favorites (PHOTOS)

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This story comes courtesy of Refinery 29.

By Sarah St. Lifer, photographed by Lauren Sklar

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:

Hottest Chefs' Cheap Eats