Food & Drink

The Best Under-$10 Lunches in the Valley

Published On 11/10/2015 Published On 11/10/2015

You know that old adage, “you can get something fast, cheap, or good, but you can’t get all three”? Turns out, THEY WERE TOTALLY LYING. Great lunches and cheap lunches do coexist in the glory that is the Valley. And here are 14 of them to prove it:

Carney's

Chili burger, $5

Carney’s

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Studio City

Sick of not eating hot dogs and hamburgers out of an old train car? Get over to Carney’s. The quality of the ingredients is always spectacular (especially the thick beefsteak tomatoes), and it’s so cheap that you can get a couple of things without your making your bank account do that thing where it refuses to give you any more money.

Double cheeseburger, $4.90

Bill’s Hamburgers

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Van Nuys

This place redefines blink-and-you-miss-it, but dishes out some of the best burgers in the entire city. We all know LA can be a little overstuffed with designer burgers, so, with Bill's help, viva la classic!

Foreman’s Special, $8.50

Hy Mart Sandwiches

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North Hollywood

We’ve told you before to go to Hy Mart Sandwiches and get the Foreman’s Special (with chicken, serrano peppers, jalapeños, and the special “Ben’s sauce”). So stop ignoring us and hurting our feelings and go to Hy Mart Sandwiches and get the Foreman’s Special.

Salsa & Beer

Combination plate with two enchiladas & a chile relleno, $9.99

Salsa & Beer

Address and Info

Lake Balboa

Somewhere over the last few years, word got out that Salsa & Beer is the dopest of the dope around, so be prepared to wait in line. But once you actually get to eating literally anything on the menu, be prepared to explode with joy. Oh, and the bean dip is pretty much the best the city has to offer.

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Sanguchon, $7.99

Takatis Peruvian Chicken Pollo a la Brasa

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Van Nuys

Never had a traditional Peruvian sandwich? Strap in because this bad boy is loaded with crazy-tasty chicken, lettuce, tomato, fried yams, egg, and cheese (as well as fries and house sauce). Takatis isn’t finished there either, because beyond its standard Peruvian menu (the Peruvian tamales are a grand slam), it also rocks specialty items like a saltado burrito.

Kobee Factory

Shwarma sandwich, $6.99

Kobee Factory

Address and Info

Van Nuys

If you’ve never had Syrian food, Kobee is the place to start. The meat quality is absolutely out of control, as is the hummus, and... well, EVERYTHING. If you’re on the adventurous side, hit up the lamb intestines filled with rice, minced lamb, and spices. This place is the 2006 Kobee Bryant of Syrian food (do you see what I did there? DO YOU?).

Chicken Tarna plate, $10.99

Zankou

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Van Nuys (& other locations)

Okay, so this is $.99 more expensive than we promised, but trust us, you’ll be happy you paid it when you sink your teeth into the chicken that made Zankou famous. And the garlic spread? (INSERT CLICHED EUPHEMISM FOR EXCITEMENT)

Suzanne's Country Deli

Country Works sandwich, $9.50

Suzanne’s Country Deli

Address and Info

Studio City

Stop getting distracted by Sugarfish across the street -- Suzanne’s will feed you twice as much food for half the price. The Country Works sandwich comes with whatever meat you want, plus avocado, Jack cheese, sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, onions, lettuce, tomato, and ranch.

Smoked turkey wrap, $8.50

Tarzana Armenian Deli

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Studio City (& other locations)

While you’re in the business of not getting distracted by Sugarfish, hit up Tarzana Armenian Deli directly next door. The sandwiches are outstanding, and, pssst, this place puts house-made string cheese in ‘em.

Danny Sullivan/Henry's Tacos

All the things (everything is under $10!)

Henry’s Tacos

Address and Info

Studio City

Henry’s is an LA institution, and even in its new home down the block, it’s still laying down the same goodness that made it famous for the past 50+ years. The gringo tacos preceded even the first Taco Bell, so get those in your face. And while you’re getting things in your face, order everything else on the menu while thanking the cosmos that Henry’s was never taken away from us.

Lunch special with chipotle chicken, $8.25

Tony’s Deli

Address and Info

Toluca Lake & Burbank

How about a little side dish of world’s friendliest staff to go along with your delicious sandwich? Everybody at Tony’s is a sweetheart of the highest order. Your stomach and wallet will thank them for the lunch special, which includes any regular sandwich, any pasta or potato salad, and a can of soda. Pro tip: ask ‘em to slice up a fresh pickle for you. ‘Cause they’ll do it.

Tonkotsu kotteri, $8.75

Ramen Yamadaya

Address and Info

Sherman Oaks

It’s a ramen-pocalypse in LA, but Yamadaya is still crushing it. The tonkotsu kotteri comes with rich, fatty ramen and black garlic oil. But wait, tonkotsu kotteri isn’t PREMIUM enough for you? Not to worry, the PREMIUM shoyu ramen is still only $9.45.

Lunch buffet, $7.99

Royal Delhi Palace

Address and Info

Canoga Park

There are tons of Indian lunch buffets in the Valley, but not one of them puts out a spread like Royal Delhi. It rocks tons of different curries, the naan is freshly made to order, and there’s even an array of desserts for you to choose from. $7.99, PEOPLE. $7.99.

Barone's

Small two-topping pizza, $9.50

Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant

Address and Info

Valley Glen

Family owned and operated since 1945, Barone’s doesn’t cut any corners (especially because its pizza is cut into squares). It's the OG home of the thin-crust, rectangular Neapolitan-style pizza, so it’s pretty crucial that you head over there and educate yourself.

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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who has been training for this story his whole life without knowing it. Talk shop with him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw

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1. Barones Famous Italian Restaurant 14151 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Family owned and operated since 1945, Barone’s doesn’t cut any corners (especially because its pizza is cut into squares). It's the OG home of the thin-crust, rectangular Neapolitan-style pizza, so it’s pretty crucial that you head over there and educate yourself.

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2. Hy Mart Sandwiches 4795 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602 (Hollywood)

Hy Mart Sandwiches kills it with some of the tastiest and most inventive sandwiches in the Valley. And if they tell you sandwich will be spicy, expect fire. This mom & pop establishment isn't joking around when it comes to flavor. Bonus points to the fact that most sandwiches here are under $10. Score!

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3. Carney's 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Founded by a husband and wife duo in 1975, Carney's is the end-all-be-all for LA hot dogs. Rivaling Pink's, their unique sausages will bring you back down to Earth, all with a side of chili fries.

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4. Bill's Hamburgers 14742 Oxnard St, , CA 91411

Bill Elwell has been cooking up burgers for 50 years in this unassuming shack, and they're almost good enough to make you forget all about that In-N-Out place. Treat yourself with one of Bill's bacon, pastrami, and four cheese hamburgers, and you'll never look back.

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5. Salsa & Beer 6740 White Oak Ave, Lake Balboa, CA 91406

You like bacon-wrapped shrimp? You like steak molcajete? You like beers the size of your face? You like the best freaking bean dip LA has to offer? You do, don’t you? You do. That's Why Salsa & Beer will become your new favorite place for an authentic Mexican meal in Los Angeles.

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6. Takatis Peruvian Chicken 6470 Van Nuys Blvd, San Fernando Valley, CA 91401

If you are looking for the authentic Peruvian food taste or want to try something different and delicious, you’ve arrived at the right place. Come and try something new like the famous Rotisserie Chicken, Lomo Saltado (strips of rib eye marinated in vinegar, stir fried w/red onions parsley and tomatoes), and Papa a la Huancaina (boiled potato in a creamy Peruvian Huancaina Sauce).

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7. Kobee Factory 14110 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

If you’ve never had Syrian food, Kobee is the place to start. The meat quality is absolutely out of control, as is the hummus, and... well, EVERYTHING. If you’re on the adventurous side, hit up the lamb intestines filled with rice, minced lamb, and spices.

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8. Zankou Chicken 1716 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

There are a lot of things that make this Middle Eastern chain a favorite, but here's the key: its chicken (and ohGodthat garlic sauce) are absurd.

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9. Suzanne's Country Deli 11273 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Suzanne's Country Deli serves up generous portions at even more generous prices. Be sure to try the Country Works sandwich.

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10. Tarzana Armenian Deli And Grocery 18598 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 (South Bay)

Located in the San Fernando Valley, Tarzana Armenian Deli and Grocery boasts claim as the home of the original pita wrap.

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11. Henry's Tacos 4389 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604 (East Valley)

Henry's Tacos is a 50-plus-year-old "gringo" taco eatery that once was housed in a roadside stand created via a form of architecture known as "googie," but is now in a patio-abetted window just across the street from its original location.

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12. Tony's Deli 2609 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

Tony's Deli is a 25 year standing business with a proven track record in delicious sandwiches and a friendly customer service.

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13. Ramen Yamadaya 3118 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504

This beloved ramen mini-chain's Torrance location has long been a mecca for slurpy-noodle enthusiasts. Trust the hype, and get the Tonkotsu. The pork broth in every bowl is simmered twenty hours for maximum flavor -- and you can taste ALL of it.

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14. Royal Delhi Palace 22323 Sherman Way Ste 11, Canoga Park, CA 91303

There are tons of Indian lunch buffets in the Valley, but not one of them puts out a spread like Royal Delhi. It rocks tons of different curries, the naan is freshly made to order, and there’s even an array of desserts for you to choose from.

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