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

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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 »





Chattanooga Cheap Eats, Part 1

19 11 2007

I was in Chattanooga for a couple days recently and that means I finally have a chance to try out some new cheap eats!

Our first night there I wanted to hit Bea’s on Dodd’s Ave. for dinner, unfortunately it closed at 8 and it was already 7:30 when we got directions from our hotel. Not this night. But don’t worry, we will make it there!

Going back to the drawing board I found Read the rest of this entry »





I like Ikea

13 11 2007

Only Ikea, the store that made cheap partical board trendy, can deliver trendy food at prices just as cheap. I had forgotten about Ikea’s food until a recent trip to Atlanta. I didn’t get a chance to dig in this day, but I hope to get back there soon for a cheap dinner! Here is a good review I found on another site.





Hunting for Cheap Eats in Huntsville

4 09 2007

To celebrate Labor Day, or the fact that our whole family had a day off together, we ventured south from Nashville to Huntsville. While the main reason was to see the U.S. Space & Rocket Museum, we were also on the the trail of some new cheap eats. After a laborious online search, I found Read the rest of this entry »