Some may liken the San Fernando Valley, better known as the 818, to a food desert. But, it is in fact home to some of the best restaurants. Along with some swanky restaurants, food courts and of course the best sushi around, the Valley also offers some great and cheap lunch options. So whether you are craving fish and chips, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads, pizza and even soul food, the Valley offers some great cheap lunch options. Here is a roundup of the best inexpensive spots.
16200 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
Looking for the best fish and chips in the city? Opened in the summer of 2014, Jason Killalee opened Batterfish giving an homage to his Irish culinary traditions. Guests can enjoy a variety of fish selections, including cod, tilapia, salmon, and catfish. The food is always made fresh to order as well. Most popular items include the traditional batter cod, the chili batter catfish, the garlic ginger batter tilapia and curry batter cod. So, if you are looking for something friend and cheap for lunch, head over to Batterfish, customize your fish and batter, pair with some chips and enjoy.
Fab Hot Dogs
19417 Victory Blvd #12
Reseda, CA 91335
Fab Hot Dogs in Reseda is an old school hot dog and hamburger spot that has brought popular hot dog combinations from around the country into one spot in the west coast for the past eight years. They have been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and have become a staple hot dog and burger joint to families, celebrities and the community every since. Prices here range from $4 for a simple old school hot dog to $12 for a high quality prime La Frieda Steak burger.
16045 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Van Nuys’ Cafe Tamal serves authentic Guatemalan, Salvadorian and Argentinian dishes as well as American meals such as BBQ ribs and burgers for around $8-11. Additionally, they have a variety of choices of salads, pupusas, empanadas and many more different cultural options. Along with customer favorites like the Guatemalan BBQ Chicken Sandwich and the croissant sandwich, Cafe Tamal serves cold brew and Nitro coffee from Stumptown and tea from Kombucha on Tap to jumpstart your afternoon.
21818 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
For nearly 30 years, Les Sisters Southern Kitchen has been a unique culinary gem in the San Fernando Valley. This little family owned Cajun restaurant located in Chatsworth, CA has been cooking with its heart and a lot of soul since May of 1986. Lunches range from $8-13 with soul food favorites such as fried catfish and hush puppies, smothered chicken with rice and gravy or shrimp creole.
MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza
14612 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza allows guests to either make their own tasty creation or order one of many signature Neapolitan pies, cooked in just 90 seconds. Starting at only $7.50 for a classic Margherita pizza, MidiCi is the place to be in the valley for a quick pizza lunch. Meet a stranger, or come with co-workers for a great pie, and make lasting memories with a quick polaroid that the brand readily offers for free!
6405 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA 91307
Stonefire Grill was created by sisters Mary & Maureen Harrigan as an homage to their family dinners where delicious food and spirited conversation were served up nightly. With an expansive menu of American fare, and a wide assortment of salads, pizzas and pastas, they are leaders in the fast-casual food area. Whether you’re on the go or just looking for a lighter lunch Stonefire Grill just recently they debuted their “7 For 7” lunchtime specials – 7 items for $7 each.