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LA Mag's Bargain Foodie Picks

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Have you had enough of $5 coffee? $99 burgers? $125 martinis? I know I am -- doesn't anybody in this city want to find the cheapest drinks, meals, and booze? Los Angeles Magazine comes through this month with a feature on great deals and bargain finds on everything from martinis to furniture to underpants. We went straight for the food section, of course -- and here are our top food bargain picks from the February issue. What are your picks for best foodie bargains in the city?

  • 35-cent Martini at The Edison Downtown: Next time I'm in the mood for a fun, adventurous cocktail hour, I'm skipping the $125 martini at Nic's and heading straight for The Edison on Thursday nights, where you can get a gin martini for 1930's prices.
  • India Sweets & Spices: With four locations in Los Feliz, Palms/Culver City, Canoga Park, and Northridge, there's no excuse not to indulge in some of the tastiest, cheapest, vegetarian Indian food in the city. LAist indulged in the lunch plate last year and found it very good, indeed.
  • Thrifty Ice Cream at Rite-Aid: Before frozen yogurt was all the rage, Angelenos seeking out an ice cream treat would go to their local drugstore and get a scoop of good ol' fashioned ice cream, in a waffle cone. You can still find them at Rite-Aids for just over a dollar.
  • Sushi Gen's Sashimi Special: What's better -- or harder to find -- than good, fresh, cheap sushi? Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo's got it -- a sashimi special for only $15 that includes about two dozen pieces of market-fresh fish.
  • Jiraffe's Prix Fixe Menu: as the success of DineLA has shown, reasonably-priced prix-fixe meals at top restaurants are a great way to sample some of the city's best cuisine without breaking the bank. Jiraffe's "Monday Night Bistro" is priced at $35, and the website promises a dining experience that is "a little more casual with candle lamps and paper table cloths, a little less heavy with signature Bistro three-course menus, and food and carafes of wine at special reduced prices."