Food & Drink

The Official Los Angeles Dollar Menu

Published On 04/15/2015 Published On 04/15/2015
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1. Pizzanista! 2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

Founded in 2011 by skateboarder Salman Agah, Pizzanista! has gained the rep of having some of the best 'za, which is made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. They blend the flavor of New York thin-crust style with California’s fresh produce with amazing results.

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2. Open Air Kitchen + Bar 892 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This West Hollywood haunt is never a bad option for drinks, with a menu loaded with numerous wines, beers, and cocktails; but the real treat is their edibles menu, featuring options like prosciutto, fig, and arugula salad and a kale and spinach pizza with Parmesan cream sauce.

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3. The Short Stop 1455 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Equal parts dive bar and dance club, The Short Stop is an Echo Park hot spot located down the street from Dodger Stadium (get it?). The red-lit dance floor is fueled by a juke box or a late-night DJ, the pool tables and arcade games are there to break you when the dance floor tires you out, and the drink specials are made for pre- and post-Dodger game goers. Go early to beat the line, load up on $1 PBR tall boys, and don't miss the cheap (but delicious) street food vendors on your way out -- you just spent the whole night dancing, you deserve it.

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4. Cole's 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Constantly locked in battle with Philippe for the enviable "oldest French dip in LA" crown, Cole’s P.E. Buffet first opened its doors to thirsty commuters arriving on Red Car trolleys to the Pacific Electric terminal beginning in 1908. The bar endured the dry years with 3¢ bitters and 10¢ "near beers", but really made bank with the city’s first check-cashing service conveniently located within the bar. The Cedd Moses revamp added the speakeasy-style back bar, The Varnish, and a few modern touches (no more sawdust-covered floors! New pickled eggs!), but hung onto the original, massive front mahogany bar, Tiffany lampshades, and old oak tables made from old railway cars.

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5. Diddy Riese 926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

Choose your own adventure at this magical ice cream sandwich emporium, where you can mix-and-match ANY of the ice cream and cookie varieties for a sweet sandwich. At two bucks a pop, the hearty desserts are certainly affordable.

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6. Dollar Hits 2422 Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

More food circus than truck, this favorite spot for Filipino street food offers up a wide selection of skewered meat, including BBQ pork and chicken, as well as plenty of offal, chicken feet, pork blood, and more -- all for a single Washington per skewer. Oh, and the coolest part: you grill it yourself. They set up shop in front of the Temple Mart on Thursdays through Sundays, 6:30pm-11pm, but heads up: the line starts early.

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7. Porto's Bakery & Cafe 315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (Glendale)

Porto's is a Cuban bakery with locations in Burbank and Glendale that cranks out a ton of baked goods, pastries, and cakes at bargain prices. You should expect a line and, while you're in it, make up your mind before it's your turn to order. With a selection this scrumptious, that's no easy feat, so we'll help you out. Consider going for the guava cheese strudels, and both the sweet and savory empanadas. They're not exactly “baked,” but don't even bother trying to leave without a box of the signature potato balls, too. Impossible.

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8. Rusty Mullet 1708 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

With a name like Rusty Mullet, you know this place has a deal where you can buy one regular priced beer, and get another for $1 from 4pm-8pm, Mon-Fri and 10:30pm-12:30am, Sun-Thur. Well, maybe you didn't know that -- but now you do, and now the name is less likely to confuse you. Glad we cleared that up.

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9. Mao's Kitchen 1512 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Three things you need to know about this Chinese restaurant in Venice: 1) it's a Chinese restaurant in Venice, 2) it's open until 3am on weekends, and 3) get ANY of the noodle dishes.

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10. The Stand 17000 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Head to the Encino location of this purveyor of quality wieners ($1 dogs on Mondays!), choose from the beef or turkey versions of the classic Stand dog with an array of free condiments (go wild with the mustard!), and complement your dog with a small side of the mac & cheese or chimichurri slaw.

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11. Golfo de Fonseca 808 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Hollywood)

A helpful and friendly staff man this Vermont Ave hole-in-the-wall where you can find Mexican and Salvadoran delicacies on the cheap. Pupusas -- magical, pillow-y circles of corn masa that can be stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies and topped with pickled cabbage and hot sauce -- are only a buck on Wednesdays.

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12. Peking Dumpling 2740 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Koreatown)

Head inside of the Hannam supermarket for this tiny gem of a dumpling stand that dishes up six massive beef or veggie King Dumplings (aka wang mandu, a larger version of the ones from the original Oldboy movie) for only a buck each.

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13. The Churchill 8384 W 3rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost? Bamboo! Okay, okay, but what do you get when you cross a new James Beard-nom'd chef dude with The Churchill? Crazy-good, all-day eats like short rib hash & eggs (breakfast), duck sausage goat cheese pizza (lunch), Kumamotos in a puddle of 12yr Bowmore (dinner), and bourbon-glazed apple and bacon upside down cake (dessert)!

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14. Tipple & Brine 14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

This Sherman Oaks seafoodery not only doles out quality fare from the sea (oyster bar!), but they also mix up tasty 'tails in a sophisticated and comfy ambiance.

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15. Blue Plate Oysterette 8048 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Whatever decide to order at this New England-inspired resto be sure it's in addition to The Big Dog, you won't regret it when you taste the half-pound Waygu beefstick dressed up with pickles, slaw, and sauerkraut.

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16. El Agave Oaxacana 12326 1/2 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The move for this Mar Vista neighborhood favorite is either the chicken or al pastor tacos. The best way to pull this move is on Wednesdays, when you can get your hands on either for $1 each.

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17. El Chato Taco Truck 5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

This award-winning taco truck posts up at the corner of Olympic and La Brea serving up almost anything you can imagine nestled inside a soft tortilla.

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18. Randy's Donuts 805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301 (Lax Area)

Conveniently located near LAX airport, Randy's Donuts boasts that famous, 35ft (in diameter), rooftop donut monolith -- and any homemade donut flavor you could want.

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19. Café Dulcé 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Little Tokyo's Cafe Dulce is a high quality coffee, tea, and pastry gem tucked into the Japanese Village Plaza Mall. Grab your favorite variation of LAMILL Coffee and make sure to get your hands on some of the bacon donut holes.

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20. The Glendon Bar & Kitchen 1071 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

Simple, but well-executed deliciousness (garlic fries! Wings!) awaits at this Westwood fave, where you can also tuck into a well-rounded cocktail list featuring intriguingly named cocktails like the Whiskey Warhol and "The Last Word."