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2014 Food & Drink Awards nominees: Best new cheap eats

Don't you just love a bargain? Celebrate being thrifty and vote for Time Out LA's best new cheap eats.

By Time Out contributors and Erin Kuschner
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When is there not a good time to marvel at a $3 taco? LA is full of mouth-watering cheap eats, whether you're craving a late night bowl of ramen or dumplings under $10. Thankfully, there's a new crop of affordable spots around town—check out our four nominees and vote for your favorite.

Meet the other contenders for the Food & Drink Awards and cast your ballot for the best new cheap eats of the year.

*Voting ends April 21 and the winners will be announced on May 12.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Eggslut

Restaurants American creative Downtown Historic Core

As you probably can infer from its name, Eggslut's choice ingredient is the (organic) egg, a conceit that, yes, we’ve seen almost too many times now, when no dish (Tacos! Pizza! French fries!) is complete without a fried egg on top. Thankfully, Eggslut largely succeeds even if you've grown weary of the trope.

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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Bun Shop

Restaurants Cafés Koreatown

There is a way to eat bao buns, and it is with Kendrick Lamar and Biz Markie playing in the background. At least, that’s the way it feels at The Bun Shop, a Koreatown eatery and brick-and-mortar offshoot of The Bun Truck (now only available for catering). Founded by Detroit natives Brian Yeun and chef James Seok, the small restaurant bills itself as a "chill late-night spot for the homies"—and with a graffitied wall, big screen TVs, curated hip hop playlist and masculine decor, it could resort to just that: a dude's bun shop.

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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Amara Kitchen

Restaurants Contemporary American Highland Park

Taking Garvanza's old spot along Highland Park is Amara Kitchen. The breakfast joint offers health nuts their own breakfast of champions, specializing in gluten-free, vegan and paleo options. Emphasizing straightforward, clean flavors, the menu runs the gamut from paleo pancakes to squash pistachio soup and a variety of baked goods. Our pick from the draw: their smashed avocado toast topped with proscuitto—creamy and moreish with an nice, salty kick to round things off.

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Photograph: Courtesy Top Round

Top Round

Restaurants Sandwich shops Mid City

Throwback burgers and cocktails giving you the same-ol' blues? Look no further than Top Round, LA's latest homage to old-school, as in roast beef sandwiches, from the guys behind 800 Degrees Pizza and Red Medicine. With a prime Mid-City corner—La Brea and Olympic, to be exact—and retro furnishings (think: bright orange and red picnic tables), the charming, fast food joint seems like it's been part of this city block for decades.

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