Cheap eats in LA: 10 dishes under $10 in Westwood Village

Check out the 10 best cheap eats under $10 in Westwood Village that beg the question "Is this gourmet or stoner food?"
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By Meghan Maloney |
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Amidst the idyllic greenery and rolling hills between Brentwood and Bel-Air lies Westwood and its hub, Westwood Village. While many young professionals and nearby families visit the many fine dining, theaters and shopping options in the area, UCLA Bruins call the shots here—the small section between Veteran and Hilgard and Wilshire and Le Conte serves as stomping ground for students, grads and blue-and-gold folk. So, you'll find fine-dining restaurants alongside cheap eats of all shapes and sizes under $10. Check out these top meal deals that satisfy the gourmet and, well, stoner freshman in all of us. 

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Restaurants, Bakeries

Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop

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A Westwood staple and LA classic, this neighborhood corner donut shop has you covered when you need a morning sugar rush. Most of their donuts are more decadence (or munchies) than breakfast on-the-go. Case in point: The Huell ($3), named after the late TV personality Huell Howser, is a fluffy yeast donut coated with chocolate, topped with chocolate chips and filled with peanut butter—a treat that only stoners at midnight would be willing to stomach.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

U-Mini

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Umami's famed burgers have taken over this city and land in Westwood Village with its fast-casual version, U-Mini, for the nearby UCLA contingent. The Manly Burger ($11) fuses beer-cheddar cheese and onion rings in between its iconic brioche buns for a sodium overload. An online ordering system also saves time when the munchies strike.

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Restaurants, Dinner

Fab Hot Dogs

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Recently and strategically positioned next to Diddy Riese, Fab's first Westside outpost offers every variation of the dog imaginable, from turkey and veggie to deep-fried and bacon-wrapped. Our late-night cravings lead us to the Lincoln Log Dog ($5.20, regular; $8.10, foot-long), wrapped in bacon, cream cheese, and celery salt. Bonus: Delivery options brings the munchies straight to you.

Spaghetti ala carbonara at Angelino's Café
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Restaurants, Cafés

Angelino's Cafe

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When almost everything on the menu lists "pink sauce" on it, it raises the question of what exactly pink sauce is. The comfort-food ingredient (cream + tomato sauce) is at the base of filling plates such as spaghetti alla carbonara ($9.50) tossed in, yes, pink sauce, bacon, mushrooms and basil. Well-cooked dishes like this make this Westwood Village cafe a place where you could impress a first date and your 420 munchies.

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Restaurants, Fusion

Tommy Taco

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A pair of bacon-wrapped hot dogs is just the beginning for this ultimate stoner food order. Chili, cheese, fries, avocado and sour cream top off the Frankenstein Style burrito ($8.45) at this Westwood Village late-night destination. 
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Restaurants, Fusion

TLT Food

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Imported straight from the OC's famed Lime Truck, this brick and mortar serves up creative dishes that really appeal when in company with Mary Jane. However, the culinary creative shines through with their pork belly nachos ($9), topped with braised pork and tomatillo salsa. Paired with one of their many revolving limeade fusions or craft beers, this place is more suited for a good night out with friends.

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Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Fat Sal's Deli

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Fat Sal's epitomizes the blurred line between gourmet and stoner food. The Fat Bruin ($8.95) especially blurs these lines with toppings such as garlic aioli sauce, crispy bacon and a chili + fried eggs+ cheeseburger combo that knocks out any inch of modesty. The restaurant is pretty dead during the 9-5 work grind, but once midnight hits, it seems that everyone in Westwood is here at the curbside eatery.

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Restaurants, Californian

The Glendon Bar & Kitchen

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Despite being one of the more classier bars and lounges in the area, the bar food that the Glendon sells is borderline stoner. Take for instance, the cookie plate ($6): Diners can pig out on a trio of warm, freshly baked cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, lemon) made over-the-top with crème fraîche whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

Piccante pizza with butternut squash and Pecorino Romano at 800 Degrees
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Restaurants, Pizza

800 Degrees Pizza

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A pizza joint that stays open until 2am—need we say more? Although cheesy pies seem like a stoner's main food group, the customize-your-own pizzas (starting around $6 for a margherita pie) with gourmet toppings (butternut squash, Pecorino Romano, et al) attract the foodie set in droves. Expect to queue up and be dazzled by the impressive menu options.

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Potatoes Gorgonzola at Palomino's
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Palomino

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An escape for those that want to avoid the usual frat scene, Palomino is where to go when you want to feel classy while eating on a budget. The all-day, every day happy hour boasts plenty of under $10 options from deviled eggs to meatballs. The potatoes gorgonzola ($6.95) raises a few haute eyebrows, but the fragrant blue cheese upgrades the pile of waffle-cut fries smothered in béchamel, chives and black pepper.

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