101 Cheaps Eats

A saucy guide to all things discount and delicious in L.A.


Three years have passed since we scoured the city for 101 of the most delicious places to chow down—and well—for $15 or less. Since then L.A.’s economical eating terrain has only grown. We’ve built something of a reputation for being the ultimate cheap eats city, for having the most tummy-tempting selection of ethnic dives, gourmet trucks, taco stands, and burger joints in the country. With that in mind, Los Angeles magazine brings you a brand-new guide to 101 more of the most fabulous yet frugal meals our town has to offer. Wet-naps not included.

Photograph by Misha Gravenor

101 Cheap Eats
  • Barbecue/Southern
  • Burgers/Hot Dogs
  • 101 cheapeat: Chef picksChef Picks
  • 101 cheapeat: chickenChicken
  • Chinese
  • Hawaiian/Caribbean
  • Indian/Pakistani
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • 101:cheapeats: pizzaPizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Central/South American
  • Southeast Asian
  • 101 cheap eats:Wheel o' dealsWheel O’ Deals
101 Cheap Eats
101 Cheap Eats

Low-End Theory

Why the deformalization of dining is saving us all
By Patric Kuh

101 Cheap Eats

The Rules

For his blog, Midtown Lunch, Zach Brooks dines for $10 or less. Here are his tips for pinching pennies while packing it in

ALSO: See our list of 101 MORE Cheap Eats from 2009