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





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.





(San Diego) California Dreamin’ (of cheap eats)

14 11 2007

It’s been one year to the day since my family packed up and left the sunny environs of San Diego. As I look out at the rainy grey weather of middle Tennessee, I can’t help but reminisce of the sunny warm days of San Diego. They have saying out there that you pay for paradise. Earthquakes, fires, high gas prices, and astronomical housing values are all a part of life. Luckily, a big dining bill doesn’t have to be part of your payment plan for paradise. Here is a link to a posting on another blog about San Diego cheap eats.





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.





LA Taco

21 02 2007

Off of I-170, near the St. Louis airport there is a recycled fast food restaurant called LA TACO. I don’t know if it is supposed to make you think of Los Angeles, if it is a case of a gender confused taco or if the owner’s initials are L.A. For my part, I have never been there.

However, when I lived in SoCal last year I did gain a love for good tacos-especially fish tacos. Much to my blogging delight I found Bandini’s blog The Great Taco Hunt. He lists dozens of taco stands and ‘straunts around Los Angeles and gives them a handy rating from his main page. Check it out and, if you find yourself in L.A. check out some of his recommendations.





Dive Into L.A.

21 02 2007

You can get your feet wet, but not let your wallet get soaked, at these Los Angeles area Cheap Eats from Chowhound users.





How Far Is It From Dublin to San Francisco?

4 02 2007

Ok, not Dublin, Ireland, but Dubin, CA. It is 34 expensive miles between the two but here is a Chowhound post with some cheap eats in Dublin.