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Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats
Attari Sandwich Shop is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

1. Attari Sandwich Shop

1100 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Sandwich Place · Westwood · 27 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Everyone is here for Attari's sandwiches: lengths of toasted French bread dressed with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and a smattering of spiced, super-tart Iranian pickles. Read more.

Bludso's BBQ is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

2. Bludso's BBQ

811 S Long Beach Blvd (at Alondra Blvd.), Compton, CA
BBQ Joint · 54 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Their brisket is a paradigm of meat, beef that disappears so quickly that if it weren't for the feeling of satisfying fullness you might swear that you had less eaten it than dreamed it. Read more.

Bulgarini Gelato is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

3. Bulgarini Gelato

7.9
749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA
Ice Cream Shop · 44 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: It is hard to say what is better: his goat's milk gelato with toasted cocoa nibs, the yogurt gelato with sea salt and olive oil, the blood orange sorbetto or the gelato. Read more.

Chengdu Taste is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

4. Chengdu Taste

7.8
828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA
Szechuan Restaurant · 48 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: It is almost impossible to visit without a taste of boiled fish with green pepper, a seriously addictive dish whose complex of chiles can make your lips buzz like a Las Vegas marquee. Read more.

Chichen Itza Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

5. Chichen Itza Restaurant

8.6
3655 S Grand Ave #C6 (inside Mercado La Paloma), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · South LA · 63 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Their menu is a living, habanero-intensive thesaurus of the panuchos and codzitos, sopa de lima and papadzules, banana-leaf tamales and shark casseroles that make up one of Mexico's spiciest cuisines. Read more.

Colonia Taco Lounge is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

6. Colonia Taco Lounge

13030 Valley Blvd, La Puente, CA
Taco Place · 37 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Delicate tongue tacos with green salsa are especially good, as are the tacos of chicken tesmole, an herb-intensive Oaxacan preparation thickened with corn. Read more.

Corazon Y Miel is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

7. Corazon Y Miel

6626 Atlantic Ave, Bell, CA
Latin American Restaurant · 31 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Corazón y miel, hearts and honey, is a small bowl of warm, seared chicken hearts in a sweet, honeyed vinaigrette, tossed with a few slivers of onion, like a chicken heart escabeche. Read more.

Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

8. Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant

9.0
815 W Las Tunas Dr (at Mission Dr), San Gabriel, CA
Vietnamese Restaurant · North San Gabriel · 76 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: This restaurant has set the pho standard in the San Gabriel Valley since Duran Duran was at the top of the charts. Read more.

Guelaguetza Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

9. Guelaguetza Restaurant

8.7
3014 W Olympic Blvd (at Normandie Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 94 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: At Guelaguetza, you'll find tlayudas, like bean-smeared Oaxacan pizzas, the size of manhole covers; thick tortillas called memelas; and delicious, mole-drenched tamales. Read more.

Guerrilla Tacos is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

10. Guerrilla Tacos

826 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
Taco Place · Arts District · 35 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Get there early: The lamb shoulder or sea urchin you've been craving may be sold out within minutes. Read more.

Hunan Mao Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

11. Hunan Mao Restaurant

7.7
8728 Valley Blvd (Walnut Grove), Rosemead, CA
Chinese Restaurant · 11 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Mao's braised pork, a sweet, slightly spicy clay-potful of thick-cut braised pork belly and garlic named for Hunan's favorite son, is almost unbearably rich. Read more.

Kogi BBQ Truck is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

12. Kogi BBQ Truck

8.8
(Greater LA Metro Area), Los Angeles, CA
Food Truck · Los Altos · 223 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Korean short-rib tacos, Kogi dogs and blackjack quesadillas taste really good, even if you do have to wait 30 minutes in line for them. Read more.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

13. Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

9.0
704 S Alvarado St (at 7th St), Los Angeles, CA
Deli / Bodega · Westlake South · 178 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Everyone knows that Langer's serves the best pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles. Read more.

Mariscos Jalisco is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

14. Mariscos Jalisco

8.8
3040 E Olympic Blvd (at Dacotah St), Los Angeles, CA
Food Truck · Boyle Heights · 50 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Raul Ortega might personally hand you a taco, ask if you want to try a plate of ceviche or aguachile. His signature tacos dorados de camaron, fried tacos with shrimp, are just too formidable. Read more.

Marouch is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

15. Marouch

8.2
4905 Santa Monica Blvd (edgemont st), Los Angeles, CA
Middle Eastern Restaurant · Little Armenia · 24 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: We sometimes dream of living close to Marouch, close enough anyway to drop in at noon for grilled quail and a beer and midafternoons for a Lebanese sweet and a thimble of thick Turkish coffee. Read more.

Mexicali Taco & Co. is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

16. Mexicali Taco & Co.

8.1
702 N Figueroa St (at Bartlett St), Los Angeles, CA
Taco Place · Chinatown · 63 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The Mexicali-style tacos are pretty spectacular at this tidy storefront near Dodger Stadium, packed into the small, plump flour tortillas the owners bring up from Baja a couple of times a week. Read more.

Nickel Diner is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

17. Nickel Diner

8.1
524 S Main St (btwn 5th & 6th St), Los Angeles, CA
Diner · Central City East · 179 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Nickel Diner bakes its own bread, prepares elaborate cakes and maple-bacon doughnuts and makes delicious fried catfish with corn cakes. Don’t miss the Lowrider Burger. Read more.

Sapp Coffee Shop is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

18. Sapp Coffee Shop

8.7
5183 Hollywood Blvd (at North Kingsley Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Thai Restaurant · Los Feliz · 78 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Sapp's boat noodle soup is magnificent: a musky, blood-thickened beef soup screaming with chile heat; tart lime juice in lockstep with the funkiness of the broth. Read more.

Sqirl Kitchen is one of Jonathan Gold's Best Cheap Eats.

19. Sqirl Kitchen

9.0
720 N Virgil Ave (at Marathon St), Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · East Hollywood · 206 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: We recommend the astonishing "Hamembert" plate with Mangalitsa ham, oozing wedges of Camembert cheese, and an artfully charred length of baguette. Read more.