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Best Budget Eats In Echo Park, Los Angeles

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Updated: 8 December 2016
Within the graffitied walls of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park lies a humbling, warm culture. The scuffed facades of the buildings and the food cart-lined streets tell a story of a conscious community that struggles together. Here are 10 places to get some great budget-friendly food in the area.
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With three locations in East Los Angeles and a fourth one in West Hollywood, Guisados serves authentic Mexican tacos with a personal touch. What really sets this restaurant apart is their conscious effort to help grow the local talent within the community. A wall inside celebrates the work of local artists, a program that Guisados established in 2011.

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Oaxacan Quesadilla Cart

Parked just south of Sunset is the ‘blue corn quesadilla lady.’ Alejandra can be spotted under a rainbow umbrella next to the graffitied wall of Hollyway Cleaners on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays hand-pressing blue corn tortillas on her grill. If you’re looking for a vegetarian quesadilla, the squash blossom and mushroom topped with pickled cactus will definitely hit the spot.

1246 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Alejandra serves her food with love © Izzah Khan

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Bernie’s Teriyaki

Bernie’s Teriyaki has been serving the Echo Park community plates of delicious Filipino fusion food. The menu is modest but delicious. Served over a bed of rice, the popular pork and chicken plate costs only $6. The place is open only on weekdays and is cash only.

318 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (213) 250-8413

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La Caridad

It is easy to drive past La Caridad Restaurant without a second glance, since it’s located in a strip mall, but for plates of bold Cuban flavor and unbeatable prices, this place is a must. Most of their items are under $10, including the Ropa Vieja platter that comes with all the classic trimmings like fried plantains, rice and black beans.

2619 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (213) 484-0099

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Taco Zone Truck

When it comes to authentic tacos, there’s nothing quite like a taco truck. Parked daily between 8:30 pm and midnight, it simply smells amazing, the aroma of spices wafting from this truck is enough to stop nearby shoppers in their tracks. The generous portions of carne asada, carnitas, and other cuts of meat packed into tortillas give you more bang for your buck.

2000, 2064 Montana St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (816) 454-4580

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Mae Ploy Restaurant

The colorful platters hot with Thai spices at Mae Ploy Restaurant have been around Echo Park for over two decades. From the wonton soup to the curries to the fresh noodles, this place is perfect for when you have a hankering for Thai food. The flavor is in the spices, so order that yellow curry extra spicy.

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Patra Burgers on Sunset

When it comes to greasy burgers that pack a punch, Patra Burgers can’t be beat. The chili cheese fries are also a favorite at this place. Aside from burgers, this place serves other meat options like steak and eggs, burritos, and charbroiled Pollo Asada. You can’t miss this spot’s bold sign on the post at the corner of Sunset and Laveta.

1524 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 (213) 250-0301

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Masa at Echo Park

Masa brings Chicago’s coveted deep-dish pizza to Echo Park. This modest restaurant has endless toppings options. Masa’s traditional 12” deep dish with sweet Italian sausage and mushroom is $20.95, but the hot pan sitting on the vinyl tablecloth easily serves three people, so you won’t need to reach too deeply into your pocket.

1800 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (213) 989-1558

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