Essential L.A. Restaurants Where You Can Eat For Under $10

Essential L.A. Restaurants Where You Can Eat For Under $10

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In many cities, the best food is also the most expensive. That is certainly not the case in Los Angeles, where you're just as likely to find food nirvana on a street corner as you are in an upscale restaurant.

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    This small restaurant specializes in the eponymous huarache, a thick, oblong wedge of masa shaped into something that roughly resembles a men's size-7 sandal, then fried and topped with zigzags of cream, crumbles of cheese, lettuce and meat.
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    Here, rice noodles, eggplant, shrimp, pork belly and catfish are submerged in a complex, murky broth with a profoundly fishy umami, which can be traced to the fermented anchovies that owner Larry Ta imports from Vietnam.
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    Kogi BBQ Truck is the place you can still taste that original stroke of foolhardy genius, of a Korean short rib taco, or a hot dog covered in kimchi and shredded romaine and drizzled with Sriracha.
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    Once you tire of noodles, you might try some of the dumplings that restaurant workers often make at one of the center tables in the afternoons.
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    Thus the sampler was born: six smaller tacos, a collection of greatest hits that touches on all the smoky, spicy, saucy goodness this place has to offer.
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    Occasionally, there will be terrific treats on the menu like a tostada topped with uni and kombu dashi. This is fine dining, indeed.
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    No matter what your age, the bowls of pho here are always comforting, as is the chicken curry served with bánh mì or steamed rice.
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    The cauliflower taco takes the award for best vegetarian taco in town, with fried cauliflower florets that pop like shrimp.
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    Everything will be improbably crammed into a toasted seeded roll that's softer than its crunchy exterior would suggest. The sandwich is filling on its own, but you may also want to grab a taco arabe, filled with shredded pork rolled in a soft tortilla.
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    If there were any justice in the world, a sandwich here would cost at least as much as almost any other sandwich in L.A. But who's complaining?
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