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Night + Market ~ Los Angeles CA

Asian, Los Angeles, West Coast By June 6, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Night + Market 2533 Lincoln Blvd Venice CA 90291
the eats: Pretty much whatever you want on the menu – GET THE CLAMS!!!
the bucks: Plan on spending about $35 a head on food
the full nelson: A hyped Thai spot that satisfies with an respectable level of Bang for your Thai Food Buck

It’s not every night that you get to dine with the likes of Sterling K. Brown and Slash(framed pic) but in Los Angeles, anything is possible. Beyond gloating that an old high school comrade is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and keeps it real with the old homeys like George Clooney(or so I’ve heard) I had the pleasure of checking out the much hyped Night + Market and when the dust settled . .  . the bill was . .  . surprisingly not that bad . . .

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Birrieria Gonzalez ~ Los Angeles CA

Los Angeles, Tacos/ Mexican, West Coast By May 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Birrieria Gonzalez multiple locations in Los Angeles, tested and approved in Compton CA
the eats: everything, tacos de birria de res, dorado tacos, mulitas, basically whatever you feel with birria de res
the bucks: $2 a taco and the tacos are fat(for LA street tacos), plan on spending $7-$10 to be stuffed
the full nelson: my first run at birria de res and it lived up to the hype

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Dan’s Hamburgers ~ Austin TX

Austin, Burgers, Southwest By May 15, 2019 No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Dan’s Hamburgers multiple locations in Austin TX
the eats: Double Medium Cheeseburger
the bucks: $6.04
the full nelson: an Austin classic hamburger joint that sizzles up a true working man’s lunch

I started Bang for your Burger Buck to tell the world about places like Dan’s Hamburgers: an honest refuge for the Working Man’s Lunch. That’s how Armando Fernandez, a Cheap Eats fan and Instagrammer described when it when he treated to me to a Dan’s Hamburger lunch a few weeks ago. Anyway you slice it, at Dan’s Hamburgers, you are gonna be set for one cheap and tasty lunch.

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Kingfish ~ New Orleans

The South By May 2, 2019 No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Kingfish 337 Chartres St. New Orleans LA 70125
the eats: Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Jambalaya Risotto, Shrimp n Grits, Ribeye steak(special)
the bucks: $9, $12, $22 and market price respectively(around $30-$35)
the full nelson: one of the few restaurants in New Orleans I have gone to more than once

New Orleans is my favorite food city in America. I love Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Austin and Los Angeles but Nola is just the gem that rises above them all. I lived in LA for 20 years which included numerous weekend excursions to San Francisco. Because of that, the cities I regret not living in, especially during my 20s, are Chicago, NYC and Nola. When one factors cost, food and character, New Orleans rises above the rest.

In 2017 I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in New Orleans shooting Spring Baking Championship Season 4. Armed with a decent per diem(more than a day on Cheap Eats), I went to town in New Orleans and ate to my heart’s content. Kingfish was the kick off Nola restaurant bender and one of only two places I ate at twice in those two weeks. In those two visits, I went deep into the menu. Just how deep? Well . .  read on to find out!

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P.J. Clarke’s ~ NYC

Burgers, New York City By April 22, 2019 No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: P.J. Clarke’s 915 Third Ave NY NY 10022
the eats: The Clarke Burger
the bucks: $19.95
the full nelson: An age old NYC burger classic priced like 21st century NYC real estate 

P.J. Clarke’s has got history. Surrounded by skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan, P.J. Clarke’s has been open for business since 1884. If you have ever seen the movie Gangs of New York, you might remember the ending when the camera widens out from the gravestones to a wider shot of a New York skyline that fast forwards through time; starting with almost nothing then swelling with height and density. That growth continues today and effects not just the real estate but also cherished burger institutions. To eat at a burger restaurant that has been immortalized by Nat King Cole and Mad Men is a real treat and worthy of your bucks. But is the P.J. Clarke’s Burger alone worth a near $20 price tag? Read on to find out!

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