After 15 years in business, Jerry Greenberg and Kazunori Nozawa’s fast-casual empire is still one of the best lunch and dinner deals in L.A. (It’s worth noting Sugarfish’s lunchtime prix fixe is slightly cheaper at $30, but contains two fewer pieces of nigiri.) Edamame and tuna sashimi in a light ponzu sauce kick off a sushi meal packed with buttery, crowd-pleasing cuts, including albacore, salmon and yellowtail. In our eyes, however, the handrolls are the best part and apparently, most Angelenos agree—since you can find them at the similarly reasonably priced spinoff concept Kazunori, which has locations in Koreatown, Santa Monica, Westwood, Mid-City and Downtown L.A.
Outside of a certain global fast food chain, the term “value meal” generally doesn’t carry much weight among Angelenos. At the same time, it’s probably the best way to describe these excellent bang-for-your-buck L.A. restaurant deals, which conscientious diners might call reasonably priced once you factor in the quality of the ingredients, level of service and general ambience. (At a broader level, “cheap” food carries plenty of hidden costs.)
Other diners in search of inexpensive eats and under $20 happy hour deals might not consider these prices “cheap,” but they’re still cost-effective ways to dine out in the city without the typical big-ticket restaurant bill. In practice, this often means eating on weekdays, the days L.A.’s locally owned restaurants and bars struggle the most to draw crowds, but that’s not always the case—so read on for our favorite meal deals around the city that make every dollar in your dining budget count.