Best Bangs for the Buck

Los Angeles

The Backhouse – Their daily happy hour from 4 to 6:30pm has $5 rolls, $1 oysters and $5 pints of beer.

Bossa Nova – Lunch specials with generous portions! Sandwiches with your choice of side run $10-$11.

Diddy Riese – Even though their prices have doubled in the past year, the cookies are still 50 cents each, with a slight price break at three for $1.25 and a dozen for $4.50. Ice cream sandwiches are $2 (so figure $1 for the two cookies and only a $1 more for the ice cream).

Gulp – If you like beer, Gulp has a daily special of burger and a beer for $14!  You can choose from any of their 36 craft beers. Given that some of the beers cost $8, you can get a burger and fries for only $6 more.

Hop Li/Mandarin Kitchen – Basically lunch specials at a Chinese restaurant. They cost about the same going to Panda Express but are a vast improvement in quality of food.

Lamonica’s NY Pizza – All day Sunday and after 9PM, a large 18″ pizza costs only $10!!!!

Pinches Tacos – For a mere $6.50, UCLA Students can get a two taco plate, with rice and beans and a drink.

Thrifty Ice Cream at Rite Aid – With most places charging $3.50-$4 for a scoop of ice cream, it’s refreshing to be able to get a scoop for less than $2 ($1.79). Two scoops only costs $2.49. Even three scoops will only costs $3.29, less than what most places will charge you for only one scoop.

The Six – Daily happy hour from 3 to 6pm features $6 turkey sloppy joe sliders, $6 pizzas and $5 craft beers.

Suehiro Cafe –  This Japanese cafe has one of the best deals in town with $5.25 lunch specials Monday through Friday.

TLT Food – On Taco Tuesdays, all tacos are $3, including the ahi tuna taco.

San Francisco
Eastern Bakery – Baked BBQ buns for only $1.25? Deal! Over at  Yank Sing, they charge $2.60 per bun.

Sakesan Bistro – Daily Happy Hour Menu from 4pm-6pm with $5 appetizers like fried oysters, fried chicken, spicy tuna rolls, gyoza and California rolls – plus my dad’s favorite $1 raw oysters on the half shell!

Thai Time – Lunch specials for well under $10? It’s Thai Time!

New York
Senn Thai – $9 lunch special and a Early Bird $15 Prix Fixe (appetizer, entree and Thai iced tea or coffee).
Up Thai – $9 lunch special. ‘Nuff said.

Zabar’s – Great prices on rugalach, babka and lox. If you’re looking for a bagel, cream cheese and lox sandwich, they have a reasonably priced one in their cafe. It’s cold though so if you like your bagel toasted, get a side of lox from the store and then get a bagel toasted with cream cheese at the cafe.

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