Best of LA for the budget-minded among us

I need to try this place before I head off to Belize in March…just for research purposes.


The hot sauces are f’in’ incredible too. The Caribbean region in general uses a lot of habenero and scotch bonnet, as well as papaya and carrot in their sauces.

Also go for the Johnny cakes.


You’re going to love Belize. Beautiful, diverse in people and geography, and the food can be amazing. Just get the hell out of Belize City and watch yourself at night.

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Marie Sharp’s Is one of the few hot sauces I keep around the house! Really good.


u really calling 59.7 miles in 1hr 16 mins a problem rn :laughing:

I’m always looking for good hot sauce, and I’ve never heard of this one. Just ordered the habanero one on Amazon thanks to you. Can’t wait to try it! :slight_smile:

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If you’re out in Pasadena and not trying to go to the SGV/eat Chinese food,

  • First of all, what the hell is wrong with you (I’m just kidding)

  • El Pollo Unico is probably the only place I can get out of for close to a fiver (EDIT, probably closer to $7) and it has to be cash. That white meat is surprisingly pretty juicy.

  • Mediterranean Cafe – good 'ol family style business, $10.50 for a couple chicken kabobs, rice, pita, hummus and some sauces which isn’t too bad. I like the rice (more rich, tad more salty) and hummus (creamier) more than Zankou Chicken, even if the kabobs themselves aren’t all that up to snuff. Great spicy sauce, too, by the way, they don’t play around.

  • Bhanu Indian Grocery Non-Veg Thali (Butter Chicken) is the one. ~ $10.99 I’ve had a lot of ~$8-11 thali’s since starting work out here 3 years ago, Bhanu is tops from my experience. Not quite Artesia-level Indian food but definitely serviceable and I love that naan.

  • Hainan Chicken rice @ Cluck2Go off Colorado $8.95 for the hainan chicken special. I’ve eaten a lot of Hainan chicken, this some good-ass Hainan chicken.

  • Regular Sini Manti @ Su Beoreg Manti Factory ~ $9 IIRC

  • Roma Market on Lake ~ $6 for The Sandwich, awesome Italian sandwich spot

  • Golden Palace/Golden Horde/Golden Mongol If you’re thinking quantity… This place has a lot of different names but it’s the same place off Rosemead and Colorado. < $10 for AYCE Mongolian BBQ. Not the cleanest place on earth and no, they don’t clean off the grill between cooking (that’s where all the flavor comes from, duh) but if you’re about to starve for a long time this is the play


The most flavorful ones are obviously fresh made. The hardest part is getting the recipe - practically no one gives that up.

Any of the lunch specials (esp. the Ume-Shiso Soba) at Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden



The lunch special at Jangchung-Dong Wong Jokbal.



You said Belizean 8 times but didn’t point me to a restaurant lol. Paradise or are there more?

India Sweets House weekend masala dosa special… finished off with jalebi



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Western between Adams and King
is the main drag for Belizean hood.

You got Tracey’s, Joan and Sisters, and Belizean Fish Market, and Ella’s.

oh chet! got a favorite?

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Belizean Paradise $6 +t


What is that? Red beans, rice and…

Looks like pintos, rice, plantain and chicken thigh or pork.

Wi Jammin was nice and clean today, it can be on the greasy side. Great beef patty and brown stew




looks good
haven’t had a beef patty since I lived in NYC
brings back good memories

How is a beef patty different from a hamburger without a bun? Seriously asking.