Dave Is Still Writing But. . . .

13 01 2009

I haven’t been frequenting many good cheap eats lately so you won’t see many new posts.

I’m going to leave this site up and will still update it as I find out about changes in the restaurants.

If you want to see what I am writing about, check out David Smith Travels.

Did I Just Say Beverly Hills?

25 08 2008

As a matter of fact, I did. Cheap eats in Beverly Hills. I didn’t think it was possible, but I feed my family of five (ok, four, the baby didn’t eat the food) for about $20 in Beverly Hills. Do you want to find out where?

On a warm California evening we found ourselves at the Beverly Hilton (don’t worry, it was free-thank you Hilton HHonors credit cards!). Not wanting to pay $25 plus tip plus service charge for a hamburger from room service, I went down to the lobby and did the unthinkable at a hotel of this caliber-I asked about cheap fast food joints nearby. To my surprise, at the end of Rodeo Dr, only a block from the stores that are so high class if they knew I wrote this blog they wouldn’t let me walk by, are several fast food places. WIth a map from the front desk in hand I hit the street!

I walked, and walked, and walked and wished I had taken the nice lady’s offer of the free van ride. I strolled past restaurants where the people in Armani suits spilled out onto the sidewalk along with smooth sound of live jazz. I gazed into windows of jewlery stores where one item was easily worth more than I could hope to earn in a decade. Then, there it was, like the sale rack at Sacks-The Beverly Hills Diner.

Instead of men in tailored suits and women in form fitting evening gowns there were a couple of guys in old t-shirts enjoying an overstuffed burger. It was late and all the tourists were gone. I grabbed a menu, ordered a couple burgers, plus an unadvertised kids meal, and watched as it was cooked fresh right in front of me. The sizzle made me forget I was in high-class heaven because the sounds and smells brought me back to the greasy hamburger joint in the small city I grew up in. The burgers were served hot and wrapped up tight. As an added bonus they came with fries! All told for 4 hamburgers and two super-sized servings of fries, about $20.

I made it back to the Beverly Hilton-finally-and unwrapped my gift to my hungry family.

Maybe it was because we were starved. Maybe it was because I was able to feed a family of five for $20 in Beverly Hills. Maybe the burgers were just that good.

We ate well that night.

472 N. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 11am-9pm, 7 days a week, 310.271.2227

Tasty Streets!

7 04 2008

Ok, just so you know I’m still thinking about cheap eats, here is a link to an article I found about some great cheap eats streets in the US. There’s even one in my new town of Nashville!


Where is Dave?

7 04 2008

Ok, why haven’t I posted lately?

3 big reasons:

  1. Lack of Time: I’m a full time pastor, Dad, Husband, homeowner, and soccer coach. Needless to say, that doesn’t leave me much free time!
  2. Lack of finding good cheap eats: I live in the burbs now. It’s the land of chains and second class class cheap food.
  3. Lack of Traveling: I’m working full time now which means I don’t get 2 weeks off every 10 weeks and a summer off. I do have a restaurant in Nashville and Asheville to write about and a trip planned to California in June so there is some hope!

In the meantime, enjoy restaurants from the past!

And the weekly winners are. . .

6 12 2007

This week there were two search terms that you used to find Dave’s Cheap Eats far and away more than any other. But before we get to that, here is a sampling of some of the odder search terms that lead folks to Dave’s Cheap Eats:

“Who is adriana’s date on the hills?”

“Playground size wooden trains in NC”

“How to eat high class” (there is something seriously wrong with the search algorithim that brought up Dave’s Cheap Eats!)

And my personal favorite. . . . (no, I am not making this up) . . . .

“Stingy Little Dork”

Now, on to the two big search terms:

“New York City Cheap Eats” slipped to number two this week. Do you know why? Because all the stage hands are back at work now so they don’t need cheap eats anymore!

And our top search term? Shooting up from #3 last week, is “Parkers Barbeque.” Here’s to pulled pork and hush puppies!

Delicious D.C. Cheap Eats

1 12 2007

Every so often I stumble across a local guy who has a passion for food, and then tells you how much it costs. I was blessed with that experience when I stumbled across WhereInDC, who has a passion for great restaurants in our nation’s capital. WhereInDC also categorizes entries with a dollar sign so you know who light your wallet will be after dinner! Click here to find great one $ sign restaurnats in metro DC.

What are you looking for?

29 11 2007

This is a new weekly (maybe) post where I highlight what you’ve been searching for, based on the top searches and page hits, over the last week. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Stingy Sacramento Sushi

29 11 2007

Found a post today about great cheap sushi in Sacramento on Eatin’ Sushi in Sacramento’s blog. Apparently this blogger has dreams of highlighting the best cheap sushi in Sacramento, but after four months he only has one review. But one is better than nothing! Check it out here

Ok, so “stingy” probably has a bad connotation but I love the consonation of the “S”‘s.

Que Delicioso! – Review of Chavella’s « Brooklyn Skeptic

19 11 2007

I found this review of a Chavella’s, a great cheap spot in Brooklyn, on a fellow WordPresser’s site. Looks muy delicioso!

Que Delicioso! – Review of Chavella’s « Brooklyn Skeptic

Chattanooga Cheap Eats, Part 2

19 11 2007

Day 2 in Chattanooga found us at Rock City. Yes, we “saw Rock City.” No, we didn’t see all seven states. We did however see lots of gnomes. If anyone from Amazing Race frequents this blog here is a challenge idea for you: send the teams to Rock Cityand have them find a Travelocity gnome hidden amongst all the other gnomes. Then, you could have them drive to Nashville and I could be the guy standing by Phil that says, “Welcome to Nashville!” But I digress. . . .
After making our way through all the tunnels, caves and “Fat Man” passes, we had worked up an appetite so we decided Read the rest of this entry »