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Food

Los Angeles Mag's Cheap Eats: 25 under $25

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The July issue of Los Angeles magazine was wedged in our mailbox last night, with the cover story hailing their picks for the city's best cheap eats. They list 25 spots where you can dine for under $25, only a few of which, for a variety of reasons, were previously known to us. This is great, on the one hand, because this gives us a set of new choices to cull from when looking to try something new. On the other hand, we can't necessarily second any of their motions or vehemently shake our heads in disagreement, either. We can, however, take note of the abundance of Asian restaurants they list, including a couple of Thai spots, like North Hollywood's Bua Siam, with the intriguing wild boar curry on the menu, some Vietnamese options, such as the curious KP's Vietnamese-American Deli, where all-American sandwich fare has a distinct Asian flare, as well as some Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, and Japanese spots. What's great about a list of budget conscious eateries is that you can take your tastebuds on an adventure without feeling the crunch in your wallet; if you've always wanted to try Nepali cuisine, LA mag suggests West LA's Katmandu Kitchen, where you can sample yak or their spinach lamb dish, and not spend a fortune. Their list has just a couple of American restaurants, and those they list seem to specialize in greasier fare, like the famed hot dogs at Encino's The Stand, burgers at Santa Monica's The Counter, and fried chicken at Culver City's Honey's Kettle. We're going to see if we can hit some of these spots soon, and we'll be sure to give you our feedback. And since we're talking food bargains, put your two cents in on any of their picks--if you saved some dough on the bill, you can afford to share!

See the complete list after the jump.

Los Angeles Magazine's Cheap Eats 2005:
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Bibi's Warmstone Kosher Bakery and Cafe-West LA

Bua Siam (Thai)-North Hollywood

Chaba Thai Bay Grill-Redondo Beach

Cha For Tea (Taiwanese)-Long Beach, Alhambra

The Counter (Contemporary/American)-Santa Monica

Dona Rosa (Mexican)-Pasadena
El Nido Restaurant (Nicaraguan)-LA

Fassica Ethiopian Restaurant-Culver City

Ganda (Thai)-Hollywood

Gingergrass (Vietnamese)-Silver Lake
Ginja Lions (Caribbean/Asian)-Studio City, LA
Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken-Culver City, Compton

Indo Kitchen (Indonesian)-Alhambra
Katmandu Kitchen (Nepali)-West LA
Koko's Middle Eastern Restaurant-Van Nuys

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KP's, A Vietnamese American Deli-Silver Lake
O-Nami, The Japanese Seafood Buffet-Torrance
Pearl's Restaurant (Chinese)-Monterey Park

Rasraj (Indian)-Artesia

Sallim (Vegetarian/Korean)-Koreatown

Shinu Rang-Olke Rang (Korean)-LA
1032 Crenshaw Boulevard, Suite B
(323) 935-2724

Shisen Ramen-Torrance

Spring Street Smokehouse (BBQ)-Chinatown
640 North Spring Street
(213) 626-0535

The Stand (Hot Dogs)-Encino

Tacomiendo (Mexican)-Culver City, West LA