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LA’s Best Underground Eats from Food Editor Kat Odell, Part 2

As amazing as Thomas Keller is, it’s not every day you can -- or want to -- spend $$$$ on dinner.  Fortunately, in a city like ours, it’s not only possible to have an amazing meal on a dime, it’s often preferable.  As Food Editor (Eater LA, LA Canvas, Cork & Rind) Kat Odell puts it, ‘it’s not about fancy restaurants, it’s about what feels real.’ Odell's passion for seeking out truly unique, authentic dinning experiences has gained her thousands of foodie followers. We were lucky enough to get her to share some of her favorite underground eats already, but that was just the tip of the iceberg (wedge). Here are more of Kat’s favorite under-the-radar LA eateries, plus some tips on the best Broke Girl wine for your buck. 

KO: The veggie burger at Golden Mean is insane. I’m also recently obsessed with Cafe Gratitude - they make the most ridiculous shakes and have locally-made Kombucha.

KO: At Pa-Ord in Thai Town, it’s just $6 for a huge bowl of soup. They also have great boat noodles.

KO: Nirvana Lounge in Beverly Hills has the most amazing Carrot Halwa Dessert.

KO: At Zelda’s Corner Deli, you can watch them make fresh donuts, which are insanely addictive.

Roy Choi
KO: Kogi is okay at 4am, but I prefer A Frame for dinner.  I am also digging Roy's new menu at Beechwood

Best Broke Girl Tip
KO: I love Lazy Ox Canteen. They have these lime-chili roasted corn kernels, which are so addictive and delicious. Grab a beer and fill up on an endless supply.

KO: At Fresh & Easy, they have a Rioja called Reflection, which is an incredible value for just $10.  Papa Cristo’s also has a $10 greek white wine that’s crisp and refreshing -- it's called Kourtaki. 

Jul 25, 2011 - 07:47 AM

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