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LA's 13 Best Under-$10 Lunches

If you're getting lunch in LA, it's either A) cheap and from a taco truck that uses "beef", or B) $15, which's why we hit up the dude behind the daily $10-and-under lunch blog Midtown Lunch (and the super-sweet podcast Food Is The New Rock) to get his picks for the absolute best spots where you can get full on a single Alexander Hamilton.

David Benhaim
Ricky's Fish Tacos ()
What You're Getting: "Two deep-fried, Baja-style fish and shrimp tacos, and a fresh agua fresca. This long-standing favorite still does fresh, fried-fish better than just about anyone from its free-standing Virgil truck."
What It Costs: $7
Zach Brooks
Ink.Sack (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
What You're Getting: "Any of their sandwiches. Nobody would have blamed Michael Voltaggio for cashing in on his Top Chef  winner status by opening a $12 sandwich shop next to his restaurant Ink, which makes the prices at Ink.Sack all the more incredible -- the porky Jose Andres and the spicy banh mi are two all-stars, but every single one's a winner."
What It Costs: $6 per-sandwich, plus a couple extra bucks for a side of pork rinds.
800 Degrees ()
What You're Getting: "Pizza. This crazy-good pizza from the Umami Burger dude operates on a Chipotle-esque pick-your-toppings model, which means you've got ultimate control over what your 'za costs you."
What It Costs: $6 for the pie, plus a bit more depending on your topping choices.
Zach Brooks
Fat Sal's ()
What You're Getting: "The Fat Jerry. You can't go wrong with anything at this let's-throw-everything-and-the-kitchen-sink-in-your-sub shop, but you're definitely going to want the Fat Jerry, which tops a cheesesteak with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, eggs, and French fries."
What It Costs: $8.95
Top Round ()
What You're Getting: "The Combo. This upscale Arby's on La Brea hand-cuts its roast beef. They literally just dropped a combo with a sando, a drink, and curly fries that won't empty your wallet, but will fill your stomach."
What It Costs: $9.15
Sapp Coffee Shop ()
Thai Town
What You're Getting: "Jade Noodles. If you're sick of dropping $20+ at Jitlata, hit this Thai Town spot instead -- its sweet noodles're less than half the price, and are loaded with crab, pork, and duck."
What It Costs: $6.75
Mexicali Facebook
Mexicali Taco & Co ()
What You're Getting: "A vampiro, a taco, and a drink. This formerly illegal street vendor kept its prices cheap when it moved into this brick-and-mortar just over two years ago, and its lunch combos make things even cheaper; the pro-move's to avoid the two- and three-taco combos and to load up on vampiros -- these crunchy, garlicy bites of amazing."
What It Costs: $6.75
Zach Brooks
Wah's Golden Hen ()
What You're Getting: "Everything. Forget about under $10 -- lunch can be half that at this actually-good East Hollywood Chinese food dive. For $4.50, you get to choose three items from their four-item menu of fried rice, chow mein, sweet and sour chicken, and one of the best egg foo yungs you'll find in all of Los Angeles. Recently hit a jackpot in Vegas? They'll give you all four for an extra 50-cents."
What It Costs: We'll make that math equation easy: $5
Jeff Miller
Hannosuke ()
West LA
What You're Getting: "The shrimp tempura-don. This small stand in the Mitsuwa Marketplace serves up some of the best tempura in Los Angeles, with a bowl that comes with shrimp, vegetables, seaweed, and shishito peppers, plus a tempura-fried poached egg to break over the whole thing."
What It Costs: $9
Chego! ()
What You're Getting: "The Beefy T. Super-acclaimed Chef Roy Choi may have moved his affordable Asian rice bowl spot from Palms to Chinatown, but it's still a great, cheap lunch destination. They've added new bowls that are inspired by their new digs, but you can't go wrong with the classic, meat-laden Beefy T. Looking for even more of a lunch-time deal? Their '$12 Salad' actually costs $7."
What It Costs: $9
Photo by Zach Brooks
Guisados ()
Echo Park
What You're Getting: "The Sampler Plate. Every restaurant should have a sampler platter like the one that you get at Guisados (now in Echo Park and Boyle Heights), with mini-versions of the first six tacos on the menu (they change, but usually are, like, tinga and cochinita pibil, and awesome), all served on their delicious homemade corn tortillas."
What It Costs: $7
Zach Brooks
Kobawoo ()
What You're Getting: "The Bossam Plate. Kobawoo's got some of the best pork belly that exists -- they call it Bossam, and it is, um, Aossam. At dinnertime, a platter of the crazy-delicious meat will run you anywhere from 20 to 35 bucks, but at lunchtime, it can be had for just under $10, and comes with all the lettuces and daikon slices for wrapping and face-stuffing."
What It Costs: $9.50
Zach Brooks
Dream Korean BBQ ()
What You're Getting: "All-you-can-eat. Duh. Stuff your face with HQ bulgogi and a monstrous salad bar that's also stacked with pre-made braised meats. Then do it again."
What It Costs: $9.99

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1. Ricky's Fish Tacos 1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The menu is simple -- as a taco stand's should be. Try their fish or shrimp tacos which are always, for lack of a better and more accurate word, perfect.

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2. ink.sack 8360 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Ink's a hole-in-the-wall gourmet sandwich stand lined w/ graffiti'd blackboards and not much else, opening today from Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, who managed to pull off a somehow under-the-radar build-out despite obsessive scrutiny from media, food blogs, and Val Kilmer's stomach.

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3. 800 Degrees 10889 Lindbrook, Westwood, CA 90024

Proving their food is significantly more than eight times better than Nick Lachey's boy band, 800 Degrees is slinging Old-World-Style Neapolitan pies in Westwood Village, with toppings like Italian truffle cheese (Boschetto di Tartufo), roasted mushrooms, caramelized garlic, La Quercia prosciutto, and air-dried salami with Calabrian chiles.

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4. Fat Sal's 950 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

When all of the sandwiches at an establishment begin with the word “Fat” you know it's going to be good. Try out their classic “Fat Sal” which has roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and brown gravy all crammed into one perect sandwich.

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5. Top Round Roast Beef 1000 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

A surprisingly gourmet sandwich shop that's serving up fancified roast beef eats.

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6. Sapp Coffee Shop 5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

If you're a fan of boat noodles and happen to be in Hollywood, you'll wanna check out this Thai-style coffee shop. Don't know what boat noodles are? No, problem. Still pop in for some Thai tea or coffee and some food that's anything but the norm.

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7. Mexicali Taco & Co. 702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Make sure you bring cash with you so when you run into this place you don't miss out on all the Mexican goodness that abounds like their carne asada tacos and Horchata.

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8. Wah's Golden Hen 709 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Wah's hands down is some of the best Chinese food in all of LA. Whether you get the Wonton Soup or opt for something of the noodle variety you seemingly can't go wrong.

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9. Hannosuke 3760 S Centinella, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Remember the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones navigates those seemingly impossible-to-navigate booby traps all in an effort to get that little bald buddha dude statue? Well, Hannosuke is kinda like that, except the seemingly impossible-to-navigate place is the Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace and the bald buddha dude statue is battered-and-fried-goodness from Japan.

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10. Guisados 1261 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

With a straightforward approach to tacos (you can choose from a selection of various meats, fish, or vegetarian options, that's it), the second branch of this wildly popular East LA taqueria is just a bit west of the Boyle Heights original. Located closer to Echo Park, this one sticks to its winning menu that come in homemade tortillas and adds a patio into the mix. The liquor menu is equally pared down to keep things simple.

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11. Kobawoo House 698 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

The Kobawoo House is serving up some great Korean-style food right here in Koreatown. With a menu that has some of your favorites like Kimchi, Bibimbamp and other hot-pots, Kobawoo is definitely a place that's worth stopping by.

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12. Dream Korean BBQ 100 S Western Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Dream KBBQ has the best of both worlds, Korean BBQ and all-you-can-eat buffet options to go along with your food choice. But, make sure you're sufficiently hungry so you get your moneys worth so when you leave you'll have to loosen up that belt a few notches.

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13. Chego! 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chego! offers up a wide array of cuisine-types in this downtown brick-and-mortar location. From rice bowls to something called a "Sriracha Bar" for dessert, this restaurant is sure to have your taste buds singing.

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