So you live/work/find yourself on Melrose Ave during lunch or dinner time, and you need to eat on the cheap and quick. Here are the best places to grab a quick but also still delicious meal for cheap. I’m talking $10 and under on Melrose…
1. The Poke Shack
Stop by the newest Melrose cheap eats addition, The Poke Shack, and say “welcome to the neighborhood” with one of their Lil Daddy poke bowls for $9.50. Don’t feel like fish? No problem, you can substitute tuna or salmon for tofu, or get on of their acai bowls for $7.50!
2. All About the Bread
All About the Bread is the sandwich place that replaced In & Out as #1 on my parents’ “must-eat while in LA” list. And their meatball sandwich is on MY “things to eat before you die” list. Every insanely delicious regular-sized sandwich is only $8.75.
3. Love Baked Wings
Since I eat chicken now, this was my first time voluntarily going out to "get wings." We tried the new @lovebakedwings place that recently opened on #melrose. These are the garlic parm and rosemary boneless chicken strips. Not pictured: the best thing we ate — the carrot fries! #chickenwings #bonelesswings #chicken #bakedwings #melrose #laeats #becauseweloveyou
I’m not going to say that chicken wings are a healthy eating choice, but at least Love Baked Wings are baked instead of deep-fried… so there’s that. You can choose wings (5 for $7), big drumsticks (2 for $6), boneless (4 for $7), or their vegan chickpea wings (24 for $9!). Then pick the flavor, and the dipping sauce. Although the best thing on their menu, in my opinion, is their carrot fries!
4. Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese
All of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese sandwiches are under $10, but if you’re looking for real cheap eats, you can get the “classic grilled cheese” for a measly $3.75! Best deal on Melrose? Possibly.
5. Kawaba Rice Ball
This place is perfect for either a full meal on the cheap, or to grab a quick snack when you’re hungry and on the go — their rice balls start at $3.75!
6. M Cafe
When we need a healthy and quick lunch, we always get M Cafe‘s three salad combo for $12. But you can get their two salad combo, or a few of their delicious grain bowls, for under $10. I highly recommend their tuna salad — I don’t even like tuna salad, and I crave theirs, THAT’S how good it is.
I don’t really need to tell you about Chipotle, do I? It’s on the corner of Melrose and LaBrea — easy, quick, cheap, yummy.
Bonus: Blue Window
So this one isn’t on Melrose, but it’s off of Melrose, on La Brea. Blue Window is Mud Hen’s take-out window. I’ll be honest that I have yet to try it. But, based on all the Yelp reviews, and their rotating menus, I’ve been dumb to not do so by now.
What are your favorite cheap places to eat on Melrose?