It's Tax Day, which means one of two things: 1) you got a $113 refund and are SO RICH RIGHT NOW, or 2) you definitely did not get a $113 refund and are definitely not SO RICH RIGHT NOW. If you're experiencing the latter, this is for you: our first-ever LA Dollar Menu, which rounds up 22 food and drink stuffs you can get in LA for just a buck.
The Official Los Angeles Dollar Menu
Pizzanista! (address and info)
The Deal: This Downtown pizzeria will hook you up with day-old slices straight from the fridge for only a single greenback. Get ‘em while they’re, uh, cold, and bring them home to heat up.
Open Air Kitchen + Bar (address and info)
The Deal: Stop by this spruced-up gastropub on Wednesdays for burgers that cost 100 pennies when you buy a drink.
Short Stop (address and info)
The Deal: “Tamales, tamales, tamales!” If you don’t know the dude that frequently hangs out inside this pre-Dodger Game watering hole, get to know him and his delicious $1 tamales.
French fries and tater tots
Cole’s (address and info)
The Deal: This historic institution of French dips has some pretty sweet late-night happy hour deals (Sun-Wed, 11pm-2am), but $1 fries and tots are the sweetest.
Diddy Riese (address and info)
The Deal: Diddy Riese has been doling out made-to-order ice cream sandwiches on freshly baked cookies on the cheap for over four decades with minimal price increases. While you’ll likely have to wait in line with many budget-conscious Bruins, you can still get three cookies for a dollar. If you want the sandwich as seen above, you’ll have to scrounge up... wait for it... 75¢ more.
Dollar Hits (address and info)
The Deal: 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.
Cuban potato balls
Porto's (address and info)
Glendale and Burbank
The Deal: For a measly 98¢ you can score a beautiful golden orb of fried potato stuffed with ground beef. And then you'll want to score another. And then another. (And then another.)
Rusty Mullet (address and info)
The Deal: Buy one regular priced beer, get another for $1 from 4pm-8pm, Mon-Fri and 10:30pm-12:30am, Sun-Thur at this rock-themed Hollywood dive.
Mao’s Kitchen (address and info)
Venice and Hollywood
The Deal: For all of your hard work serving the People’s Republic of, er, California, you deserve a meal fit for the proletariat. Hit up either of Mao’s locations for a veggie spring roll or a simple salad for only $1 each.
Valley Plaza 6 (address and info)
The Deal: This second-run theater has $1 all-beef franks and $1.50 movies on Tuesdays and Sundays. Seriously. $1.50 movies. $1 hot dogs. Cheap date night!
Even more hot dogs
The Stand (address and info)
The Deal: On Monday nights from 5-9pm, head to the Encino location of this purveyor of quality wieners for $1 dogs, which is both a better deal and far less risky than those danger dogs you’ve been scarfing. 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 -- both also just a buck.
Golfo de Fonseca Restaurant (address and info)
The Deal: A staple of Salvadoran cuisine, these magical, pillow-y circles of corn masa can be stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies and topped with pickled cabbage and hot sauce. And while they often come cheap, only on Wednesdays at this hole-in-the-wall on Vermont can you get them for just one smacker.
Peking Dumplings (address and info)
The Deal: 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.
The Churchill (address and info)
The Deal: Belly up to the bar (or a table) and choose from four varieties of $1 oysters with unlimited orders on Wednesdays from 4pm until they run out.
Tipple & Brine (address and info)
The Deal: While you’ll have to shell out more for the famous oyster shooters, on Mondays from 4-11pm this SFV seafood and cocktail spot hits you with bivalves for a buck at the bar, patio, or lounge.
Even more oysters
Blue Plate Oysterette (address and info)
The Deal: Head to the newish location of BPO for oyster hour happening Mon-Fri, 4-6pm when oysters only cost one clam.
Leo's Tacos (address and info)
The Deal: Get ready to wait in line for some seriously delicious $1 al pastor tacos, sliced directly from the rotating spit at this always-busy truck.
Even more tacos
El Agave Oaxacana (address and info)
The Deal: You may have had your fill of $1 tacos on Tuesdays elsewhere, but when Wednesday rolls around head to this neighborhood favorite from 6pm-9pm for chicken and al pastor handhelds for a single greenback.
I mean, EVEN MORE tacos
El Chato Taco Truck (address and info)
The Deal: One dollar for all the tacos. Now you understand the long lines.
Randy’s Donuts (address and info)
The Deal: $1 (or less!) for all of the classic donuts at this towering LA icon. If you want the “fancies,” you’re going to have to shell out another 20 cents.
Café Dulce (address and info)
The Deal: Bacon. Donut. Hole. One. Dollar. (And occasionally Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles ones, too!)
The Glendon Bar & Kitchen (address and info)
The Deal: This Westwood fave keeps it simple: $1 wings from 10pm-12am nightly.
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1. Pizzanista!2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles
2. Open Air Kitchen + Bar892 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles
3. The Short Stop1455 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Cole's118 E 6th St, Los Angeles
5. Diddy Riese926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles
6. Dollar Hits2422 Temple St, Los Angeles
7. Porto's Bakery & Cafe315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale
8. Rusty Mullet1708 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles
9. Mao's Kitchen1512 Pacific Ave, Venice
10. The Stand17000 Ventura Blvd, Encino
11. Golfo de Fonseca808 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
12. Peking Dumpling2740 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
13. The Churchill8384 W 3rd, Los Angeles
14. Tipple & Brine14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
15. Blue Plate Oysterette8048 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles
16. El Agave Oaxacana12326 1/2 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles
17. El Chato Taco Truck5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
18. Randy's Donuts805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
19. Café Dulcé134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E, Los Angeles
20. The Glendon Bar & Kitchen1071 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles
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.
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.
Equal parts dive bar and dance bar, this casual hangout spot's got a jukebox and a big crowd of post-Dodger game fans to help you properly unwind and kick it back any night of the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."