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Being a ChowHound on a Tight Budget

RaeRenee | Jan 9, 200811:32 AM

I love food. If you're reading this, odds are you love food too. I currently am in law school and am living on student loans. Needless to say, this means that I am on a very tight budget.

One of the things I've really loved about this board is that most of the time, I can find good food recommendations that are in a reasonable middle-class price point. Sometimes, however, I feel like there are two camps here - the average joes who like food that tastes good and the wealthy gourmands who are uncompromising on the level of quality of their food and are unnecessarily condescending to those of us who can't afford the very best. The average joe suggests a decent restaurant and the gourmand says that the food is foul. Average joe suggests mid-range restaurants. Gourmand suggests brunch at the Ritz Carlton.

Certainly, I aspire to one day have the ability to drop $150 on dinner... but for now, spending more than $20-25 at a meal for one person is just *not* doable. Heck, I try to stay under $20 a day.

All ranting aside, I ask all of you - Gourmands included --

What do you think are the best deals in the Los Angeles area (SGV/SFV/OC/SM included)?

Where can you get just AMAZINGLY delicious food while staying on a tight budget?

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