The best 'cheap eats' in Los Angeles

CoolhausFacebook/CoolhausCoolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches are as fun to look at as they are to eat.

Sampling the best food a city has to offer doesn’t need to cost tons of money.

Thanks to its bustling food truck scene and historic establishments, Los Angeles has plenty of options for scoring incredible bites for as little as $2.

We’ve put together a list of the 16 best Los Angeles-based eateries where you can find irresistible food for less than $10.

Whether you’re a fan of sweets, sandwiches, burgers, or tacos, we’ve got you covered.

Bay Cities Italian Bakery and Deli stuffs their sandwiches with fresh ingredients.

1517 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery has been serving top-notch sandwiches since 1925.

Go for the famous Godmother -- salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, ham, and provolone cheese layered in crusty Italian bread -- and ask for the works. With sandwiches under $10 and the option to order online, you'll be happy you stopped here.

Lobos Truck is famous for turning waffle fries into a nacho delicacy.

Various locations

Hit up the Lobos Truck for unforgettable comfort food.

The fan favourites are the 'wachos', waffle fries that are crisped to perfection and topped with everything from blue cheese and bacon to guacamole and ranch. They have also got burgers, ribs, mac and cheese, and salads.

Get your favourite ice cream flavour in sandwich form at Diddy Riese.

926 Broxton Avenue, Westwood

If you've got a sweet tooth, get your fix at Diddy Riese. Choose from their 10 different varieties of freshly baked cookies, pick out an ice cream flavour, and they will whip up a sandwich for you for only $2.

Plus, their cookies are only 50 cents each -- so you might as well load up.

Cofax Coffee Shop is your stop for top-notch coffee and breakfast.

440 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

Besides fresh coffee from Stumptown and house-made pastries, Cofax also offers some of the best breakfast burritos around.

For only $7, you can get smoked home fries, sizzling chorizo, fried tortilla chips, and scrambled eggs stuffed into a flour tortilla. Vegetarians can opt for the veggie burrito, which comes at $6.

Philippe The Original has been making its legendary French Dipped Sandwich since 1918.

1001 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles

Back in 1918, the owner of Philippe The Original accidentally dropped a sliced French roll into a roasting pan filled with juice.

They have been serving their famous French Dipped Sandwiches ever since then, crafting them with roast beef, pork, leg of lamb, turkey, or ham in a French roll dipped in gravy. With sides like cole slaw and potato salad, you're in for a mouthwatering meal.

Coolhaus' ice cream comes in crazy flavours that adventurous eaters will love.

8588 Washington Boulevard, Culver City (and various truck locations)

Coolhaus serves all-natural, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches that even come with an edible wrapper.

At $5 each, their ice cream cookie sandwiches include cookies like maple waffle white chocolate, and ice cream that includes both classics and more unusual flavours, like horchata, pistachio-black truffle, and olive oil with rosemary.

Head to In-N-Out for an incredibly fresh burger.

Various locations

In-N-Out's fresh burgers and crisp fries are a West Coast staple.

Burgers here are made using 100% pure beef and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, and thousand island dressing. Make sure to grab a side of animal-style fries, which have been smothered in thousand island sauce, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese.

Get your sandwich fix at Ink.Sack.

8360 Melrose Avenue #107, Los Angeles

If you're looking for a quick lunchtime stop, head to Ink.Sack, where you'll find scrumptious sandwiches for between $4 and $7 a pop.

A popular choice is the cold fried chicken sandwich, which comes with crispy fried chicken smothered in ranch, cheese, lettuce, and pickles. Before heading out, grab a side of pineapples doused with chile and lemon for only $3.

Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ jump-started LA's food truck scene.

Various locations

Kogi has become an icon of LA's food truck scene thanks to their amazing Korean BBQ tacos that are only $2.30.

You can get everything from tofu and calamari tacos to the classic short rib, which comes with caramelised meat, a cilantro relish, slaw, and a chilli-soy vinaigrette. They have also got burritos for only $6.

Spitz serves classic Mediterranean dishes with a California twist.

Various locations

Spitz is famous for its döner kebabs, which are made with freshly minced lamb, beef, or chicken and cooked on a vertical broiler.

The meat is shaved into thin strips before being stuffed into sandwiches, salads, or layered on top of fries and doused with toppings like feta, tzatziki, cucumber, tomato, and olives.

Tito's Tacos is the spot for simple and delectable street food.

11222 Washington Place, Culver City

Tito's Tacos has been serving their tacos, burritos, tostadas, tamales, and enchiladas since 1959.

In 2015, the Daily Meal named Tito's' bean and cheese burrito the very best in America, whie their tacos ranked in the top 10 nationally. Tacos come with ($2.80) or without cheese ($2) and their burritos range from $3 to $8.

Get your fix of Italian favourites at Mario's Italian Deli & Market.

740 East Broadway, Glendale

Mario's is known for making delicious sandwiches and hand-made pastas for under $10.

Go for hot sandwiches like the roast pork or lamb roast or cold options like the mortadella, which comes stuffed full of lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, mayo, and cheese.

Sample traditional Yucatecan food at Chichen Itza Restaurant.

3655 South Grand Avenue #C6, Los Angeles

At Chichen Itza, you'll be treated to some of Los Angeles' best authentic Mexican food.

Go for the popular cochinito pibil -- pork that is rubbed with spices, wrapped in banana leaves, and cooked to perfection -- or try one of their other entrees, which range from $8 to $13. Ask for their own branded hot sauce to add a real kick to your meal.

Guisados serves up home-style braises on warm handmade tortillas.

Various locations

At Guisados, expect tacos stuffed with braises on handmade corn tortillas.

Tacos are $2.25 to $3 each and include everything from flank steak served with green bell peppers and bacon to pork rings simmered in chile and served with black beans. They have also got several vegetarian tacos to choose from, and almost all of the takeout menu is gluten-free.

Porto's Cafe & Bakery serves delectable Cuban sandwiches, pastries, and snacks.

Various locations

Porto's Bakery & Cafe is your one-stop shop for Cuban delicacies.

A must-try is their papas rellenas -- fried mashed potatoes that are filled with spiced ground beef. When it comes to sandwiches, go for the Cubano, which comes with pork, ham, swiss cheese, butter, mayo, and pickles on Cuban bread. While the lines do get long, it's worth the wait.

Head to Eggslut for the ultimate breakfast sandwich.

317 South Broadway, Los Angeles

For the ultimate breakfast sandwich, head to Eggslut in downtown's Grand Central Market.

Sandwiches here are made on brioche buns and include everything from bacon, egg, and cheese to caramelised onions and Sriracha mayo. You can substitute a sandwich for a salad version, or go for their burger topped with an egg.

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