Whatever you want to call it—restaurant, bar, arcade—Button Mash has created a category all its own in L.A. The food is fantastic and Pan-Asian–leaning, with crispy tofu balls, incredible Vietnamese spring rolls, a decadent double cheeseburger and a selection of rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches and larger plates to be enjoyed at the bar or in the dining room. They’ve even got some of the best wings in town. The drink menu includes a unique list of beer and wine, and Button Mash is home to more than 100 arcade cabinets from the ’70s to ’90s—but they keep around 50 on the floor at one time. Still more than enough to occupy your time before or after a ball game.
There’s no dearth of affordable food finds in L.A., not to mention drink specials, so if you’re looking for somewhere in Echo Park to host a celebratory meal—or drown your sorrows—after a Dodgers game, check out our list of the best budget-friendly places to eat and drink near Dodger Stadium, from dive bars and taco trucks to alfresco dining and fancy brews. No matter your budget or your palate, there’s a spot on here that’s sure to please—unless you’re rooting for the opposite team, in which case, our advice is to get out of the neighborhood as fast as you can.