I have lived down here (from the Bay area) for just over a year (I live in Marina Del Rey), and I often find myself spending alot of time looking for a place to go grab dinner (I will frequently eat out alone but also with a friend). If you fellow hounds could help add to my list of "go to" places for good, affordable (<~$15/person) meals, I would greatly appreciate it. Preferably places that are not too far from me, though I don't mind driving for good food (places along the 10 and 105 are good too).
Some of my current defaults:
Phillips and Woody's for BBQ
Don Felix, El Taurino and Chema's (helluva drive but worth it) for tacos
In n Out & Carl's Jr for Burgers :( ?!*%@ (I have had and LOVE the Father's Office burger, but it's not a quick/easy eat. I also had Apple Pan and was underwhelmed; it cost almost 3x the price of an In n Out meal and was about the same quality)
Langer's for the pastrami, but this is for lunch only, but oh god is it good; but it's ruined all other pastrami for me now. I can't have pastrami unless it's Langer's.
Hungry Pocket & Zankou chicken for Falafel and Shawarma.
I just had Lamonica's and am pleasantly surprised (gonna try NY Pizza and Pasta tonite) - I had all but given up on pizza in LA.
Papa Cristos for greek.
NO Chinese on the westside.
Still looking for a good burrito (El Super Taco probably one of the better ones I've had,. but not great)
So that's my list, and as you can see, I often have to drive a ways for good food, so I'd like to find closer alternatives, but the quality is most important. Thanks for all your help in advance. (PS - I love most any type of food, EXCEPT SEAFOOD. I also love spicy food.)