By Amy Chiplin, on March 20, 2020

The Best Cheap Eats in Los Angeles

The Best Cheap Eats in Los Angeles

In addition to beautiful beaches and movie star sightings, Los Angeles is known for its world-class cuisine. The city’s food scene is a melting pot of mouth-watering recipes ready for the tasting. Visiting diners need not worry about dipping into their savings when eating out; there are plenty of cheap places to eat that are budget-friendly. Here are 10 of our personal picks for the best cheap eats in Los Angeles.


A hot bowl of Taiwanese food with rice, served as a great cheap option for excellent, cheap asian food in Los Angeles, California.

This casual Highland Park eatery serves up dishes inspired by Thai street food culture at reasonable prices. Many of their delectable menu items — including noodle bowls, scallion sandwiches, and shrimp wonton — are priced under $10, saving you some cash for a shopping spree. Be sure to try a cup of their milk tea with boba.


A delicious hamburger meal served at the popular diner, Buddy's, a cheap eats restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.
Via Buddy’s DTLA

Deep in the heart of LA’s downtown Historic Core lies a retro-inspired burger joint that offers a taste of nostalgia. Enjoy a menu that mixes old and new American-style combo meals at economy prices. Pick up a chili dog or impossible burger for a delicious dinner, or start your day on the right foot with their bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

Dino’s Chicken & Burgers

A chef preparing a take-out meal served as one of the cheap eats options on the menu at Dino's Chicken & Burgers in Los Angeles, CA.
Via LA Eater

If you’re a foodie on a quest to dine in some of LA’s landmark restaurants, a visit to Dino’s Chicken & Burgers on Pico is a must. For over 50 years, this traditional American eatery has served up dining deals on amazing chicken dinners. For around $10, you can sink your teeth into a half-plate of char-grilled meat and choice of two side dishes.

Leo’s Taco Truck

Workers at Leo's Taco Truck prepare cheap meals served out of their food truck to customers lining up outside in Los Angeles, California.
Via Leo’s Taco Truck

No visit to the city of angels is complete without a stop at a local food truck. You’ll find plenty to choose from during your tour of LA, but for our money, Leo’s Taco Truck is worth tracking down. For just a couple of bucks, enjoy delicious tortilla wraps packed with meat and a sliver of pineapple.


Sonoratown in Los Angeles, California, has beautiful eclectic artwork on the walls of their cheap, trendy eatery.
Via Sonoratown

A more recent addition to LA’s food scene, this downtown Mexican restaurant offers some of the best cheap eats in Los Angeles. The vibrant decor and lively music welcome guests in, and the savory tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas leave a lasting impression.

Slurpin’ Ramen

A tasty seafood ramen meal from Slurpin' Ramen in LA, California.
Via Slurpin’ Ramen LA

Take a walk through Koreatown and a quick stop at Slurpin’ Ramen for some of the best value-priced noodles in LA. Make the most of a limited food budget with an order of their tonkatsu dish, a 16-ounce noodle broth packed with your choice of meat and assorted greens. Vegetarian options are also available.

Cofax Coffee Shop

 A branded cup of Cofax coffee sitting on a wooden table at the popular coffee house offering cheap deals in Los Angeles, California.
Via Cofax Coffee

Don’t let the name fool you; this Fairfax eatery is more than a simple coffee shop. While their lattes and pastries are undoubtedly delectable, it’s the breakfast burritos that put Cofax on our list. These freshly-made wraps are a must-eat in Los Angeles.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles

A meal served at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Los Angeles, CA with a large waffle, butter, maple syrup, and fried chicken, all available at cheap prices for big portions.
Via Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

A favorite among locals and tourists alike, Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles brings together great tastes at an affordable price. With locations around the city, you won’t have trouble finding one when your stomach starts grumbling. Enjoy a dish of their namesake dish for under $10.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

 A sugared croissant decorated with icing and hawaiian flowers from the cheap but delicious, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in LA, California.
Via Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

This staple of San Francisco recently made its SoCal debut in Highland Park, to the delight of pastry buffs everywhere. Try their signature Cruffin, a croissant/muffin hybrid filled with cream for only $5.

Diddy Reise Cookies

A staff member at Diddy Riese Cookies in Los Angeles, California choosing a selection of amazing cookies for a customer.
Via Diddy Riese

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a visit to Diddy Reise Cookies. This Westwood bakery serves up cookies made from a family recipe that’s hard to ignore. Sample individual treats for only 50 cents, or pick up a dozen for under $5.

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