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The 30 Tastiest Eats You Can Get in L.A. For Only $1.00 (or Less!)

October 28, 2015 by Christina Minh

Angelenos spend a lot of money.

Rent is sky high, a juice cost more than a burger at In-n-Out and gas prices… well, they always suck.

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So what’s the silver lining living in the city of angels? The unbeatable amount of good food we’ve got scattered amongst the urban sprawl.  And, perhaps more surprising, the amount of tasty food that will not cost you an arm and a leg.

Mind you, I’m not referring to the prefab, big-box, heat-lamp using, national chain type of cheap food. I’m talking about freshly shucked oysters, famous cookies, juicy burgers, cream puffs, legit tacos and bacon donuts.

Got your attention? Good, because what we’ve done here is round up 30 of the tastiest things in L.A. that cost no more than a buck.

So hit one or hit all or hit ’em all but just remember every place you go it’ll be worth every penny.

List starts after the jump in no particular order, numbered only for reference.

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1. Donut Holes at Cafe Dulce

Their glorious donutholes are a buck. Choose from bacon or fruity pebble!

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2. Burger at The Rockefeller

99 cent Burger Tuesdays at The Rockefeller starting at 5:00pm at both Manhattan Beach and Hermosa locations.

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3. Potato Ball at Portos

Get a soft mashed potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef, fried golden brown for 98 cents.

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4. Dollar Hits

The name saids it all at this Filipino street vendor. Choose a stick of skewers (BBQ pork, chicken intestine, isaw just to name a few) and grill’em yourself on the spot!

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5. Cream Puffs at Little Swan Bakery

This little bakery in the SVG has fluffy little creme puffs for 50 cents each!

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6. Hotdog at The Stand

Chase away the Monday blues! Every Monday The Stand in Encino, hotdogs are a buck.

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7. Donuts at Randy’s Donuts

The donut shaped sign might be big but the donut prices are tiny! 85 cents to a dollar for regular donuts like glaze, chocolate old fashion and jelly.

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8. Fries & Tots at Coles

Come for the $5 French dips and add some fries or tots for $1. Deal happens during happy hour, late night happy hour and all day and night on Tuesdays.

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9. Cookies at La Monarca Bakery

For 50 cents a piece, you have your pick of cookies on display at this celebrated Mexican bakery.

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10. A Cold Slice from Pizzanista!

Grab a day-old slice straight from the fridge for only a buck. Heat it up at home or eat it cold, we won’t judge.

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11. Two Cookies at Diddy Riese

A cookie cost 50 cents each and a brownie cost 75 cents!

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12. Blackened Shishito Peppers at Shao Kao BBQ Truck

Chef Chen has been cooking since 15 (he’s 21 now) his new food truck grills up some affordable skewers, like their blackened shishito peppers for a modest $1.

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13. Hot Dogs at The Movies

The Valley Plaza 6 in NOHO is known for cheap movie tickets ($1.50) but did you know they also serve $1 hotdogs?

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Happy Hour in LA consist of beer and super fresh $1 oysters curtesy of EMC Seafood #happyhour

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14. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

Koreatown’s EMC has $1 oysters during happy hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm daily. They also have a reverse happy hour which runs Sunday through Thursday from 10:00pm to close.

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15. Tipple & Brine $1 Oysters

Downtown Sherman Oaks’ Tipple & Brine dedicates Mondays to oysters! At just $1 a pop get your fill from 4:30pm to close in its bar, patio, and lounge area.

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16. Herringbone $1 Oysters

Freshly shucked $1 oysters at Herringbone every Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in their bar and lounge area.

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17. The Churchill $1 Oysters

The Churchill’s oyster special happens every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, choose from a variety of oysters based on market availability that day for just $1.

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18. Delphine Happy Hour

Delphine’s Raw Bar Mondays is an all night seafood feast! From 5:30pm to 10:00pm you can order $1 east coast oysters AND chilled shrimp.

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19. Barbrix $1 Oysters

On Mondays Barbrix offers three types of oysters for $1 at the bar from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

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20. Oysters & Tacos at Messhall

Enjoy Messhall’s oyster bar and tacos for a dollar each every Tuesday.

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21. Onyx Lounge $1 Oysters

DTLA’s Onyx Lounge has a killer $1 food menu for happy hour with oysters, scallops, mussels and more from Wednesday through Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and all day on Tuesdays.

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22. Blue Plate Oysterette Happy Hour

It’s Oyster Hour Monday to Friday 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Blue Plate Oysterette in West Hollywood. Oysters from the raw bar are priced at $1.

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23. Faith & Flower Oysters

Faith & Flower’s Social Hour menu offers $1 oysters with pink peppercorn mignonette Sundays through Thursdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

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24. Cerveteca DTLA Happy Hour

Cerveteca in the Arts District in DTLA has a excellent raw bar with daily $1 happy hour oysters from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

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25. Día de Campo Oysters

$1 Chef’s choice of oysters happen every Tuesday at Día de Campo from 5:00pm to 7:00pm during Bandito Power Hour.

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26. Candela Taco Bar and Lounge

Wednesday is taco night, pretty much every taco is $1 excluding their seafood options which is still amazing since they have over 10 options to choose from. Try the potato and cheese taco! Just one catch you need to buy a drink to get the taco deal, go during happy hour?

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27. Fish Tacos at Tacos Ensenada

On Tuesday fish tacos are $1 and Thursdays pretty much all meat tacos are a buck. Take advantage of their salsa bar they have chili gueros for free! Promo happens at both Duarte and East L.A. locations.

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28. Leo’s Tacos

$1 per taco with the al pastor being the most popular.

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29. El Chato Taco Truck

Tacos are a buck at this late night taco truck. Opened from 9:00pm to 2:00am.

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30. A Fish Taco at Tacos Baja Ensenada

Every Wednesday you can grab a fish taco for just 99 cents!

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What are your favorites cheap eats in L.A.? Let us know your favorites, or anything we missed, in the comments below!

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