You know it as the delicious mid-day break from work that can never come soon enough. But did you know it’s also an opportunity for one-of-a-kind meal deals in Los Angeles, allowing you to score some of the best food in city at bargain prices?
Sure, we have Dine L.A.’s week-long lunch and dinner deals at top restaurants taking place (usually) each January and July, but how about the rest of the year?
In the interim, make sure to bookmark this page for a list of top notch lunch specials (presented in no particular order) that’ll have you craving your next afternoon foodie adventure.
1. $5 Pizza Of The Day Instagram Deal At 800 Degrees
The often-publicized social media deal is a steal and a very popular one among students. Here’s how it works: 800 Degrees posts its Pizza of the Day on their IG account on weekdays, then you go to your nearest location and order it — a whole pizza — for $5. A sweet bargain for you and your wallet.
2. $9.50 Executive Lunch At Cafe Brasil
Get your fill of Brazilian cuisine from this West L.A. spot’s hearty lunch special on weekdays. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can choose from dishes that include sirloin steak, white fish, pork chop, and a vegetarian plate. Each one is served with rice, black beans, fried plantains, and salsa.
3. $17 Sashimi Lunch Special At Sushi Gen
If you’re feeling like sushi in Little Tokyo, you can’t beat Sushi Gen’s sashimi deal. For $17, you get high-quality sashimi, rice, miso soup, tofu, and pickled vegetables.
4. $12 Worker Wednesday Combo Plate At The Park’s Finest
Can’t decide what you want from the Temple Street spot’s BBQ menu? On Wednesdays, you can get a little bit of everything for $12 on Wednesdays. The combo includes generous portions of their candy-coated BBQ chicken, coco beef, pulled pork, hotlinks, rice, veggies and cornbread.
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5. $6.99 Lunch Specials At Palms Thai
This Hollywood eatery has a comprehensive lunch menu filled with stir fried, pan fried, and curry dishes for only $6.99. Served from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m, you can choose between beef, pork, all-white meat chicken, or steamed tofu — shrimp is $1 more. Most of the dishes also come with sides.
6. Under $10 Sandwiches At ink.sack
Yes, you can totally eat the creations of Michael Voltaggio for under $10 bucks — in delicious sandwich form. The comprehensive and affordable sandwich menu includes the popular Spanish Godfather, cold fried chicken, banh mi, grilled cheese, and much more.
7. $9.75 Baby Blue Plate Special At Mendocino Farms
In the mood for a Mendocino Farms sandwich but pressed for time? Opt for the Baby Blue Plate Special, which lets you choose half of one of their yummy sandwiches plus a soup or deli side salad for a delicious combo that’ll tide you over until dinner.
8. $15 “Gaucho Lunch” At Fogo de Chão In DTLA
Get the famous Brazilian churrascaria experience for a fraction of the cost at lunch time. Fogo de Chão’s “Gaucho Lunch” starts at $15 and includes full access to the Market Table and Feijoada Bar. The price of the protein varies by cut (up to $10), meaning the grand total of your lunch could cost no more than $25.
9. $20 Lunch Tray At Kiwami
For the amount of sushi you get, this special is worth the price at this Studio City spot. The lunch tray comes with seared albacore with crispy onion, Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, salmon sashimi with chopped avocado and onion, baked crab roll, and spicy tuna on crispy rice.
10. $15 Korean Sushi Bowl Hwe Dup Bap At A-Won
In 2012, Jonathan Gold named this dish one of the 60 Korean dishes Angelenos must know. Hwe Dup Bap is a sashimi salad bowl and it’s a favorite at this Koreatown restaurant. Filled with veggies and sashimi, the special comes with rice as well.
11. $15 Bara-Chirashi Bowl At Sushi Tsujita
Last year, Los Angeles Magazine called this lunch special one of the best sushi deals in Los Angeles. Served on Tuesdays through Sundays from noon until 2:30 p.m., Sushi Tsujita fills the bowl with sushi rice and a selection of sashimi, but it’s good luck if you can get it — they only serve 15 of these dishes per day.
12. $10.95 Lunch Buffet At India’s Restaurant
Known as one of the best Indian buffets in the city, India’s weekday lunch time smorgasbord offers many delicious dishes from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The buffet features samosas, sag, dal, chicken and goat curry, paneer, raita, and naan. On Saturdays and Sundays, the price for the lunch buffet is $12.50.
13. $9.99 Bossam (Pork Belly) Plate At Kobawoo House
This lunch dish at the Koreatown mainstay is a bit smaller than its dinnertime cousin (which costs more than $20), but hey, it’s still some very delicious pork belly. The special plate comes with a few sides and a bowl of dean jang chigae (stew).
14. $6.99 Chicken Plate at Dino’s Chicken & Burgers
The famous char-broiled chicken comes with two sides for a super affordable lunch at Dino’s multiple locations around Southern California. For $8.99, you can opt for a whole chicken. Yum!
15. $9.99 Lunch BBQ Buffet At Dream Korean BBQ
If you’ve ever experienced the thrill of Korean BBQ, you know that it can be delicious — and expensive. The good news is you can get your KBBQ on without straining your wallet at the Western Avenue restaurant. The lunch buffet includes access to the salad bar, as well as beef brisket, beef bulgogi, chicken bulgogi, and pork belly.
16. $20 Bar Special At Pizzeria Mozza
Class up you mid-day meal with this deal for wine, pizza, and dessert at this Highland Avenue restaurant. The special is served on Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 p.m. and a late-night version is served on Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. until midnight.
What’s your favorite L.A. lunch deal? Let us know in the comments below!