50 places to eat for $5 or less
At Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant in Long Beach, $5 buys you a bowl of house special noodle soup. You can order the soup on the side, as seen above. (Chau Ichiban / April 5, 2012)
Our list covers a wide range of tastes. We've highlighted some items for you to try, but many of these eateries offer a variety of choices priced $5 or less.
Chicken gumbo soup with corn bread from Cha Cha Chicken
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
1906 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 581-1684, chachachicken.com
Open 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Sunday.
Cha Cha Chicken is a small, colorful beach shack in Santa Monica with countless loyal fans of its Jamaican jerk-rubbed Cha Cha Chicken and coconut fried chicken, but the love doesn't stop there. This Caribbean, Latin fusion restaurant offers a Spanish style chicken gumbo soup with a fresh corn bread muffin for a light, flavorful meal under $5.
Neighborhood: Highland Park
5570 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.