If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cheap Mexican food is Taco Bell, then a trip to Los Comales is obviously past due. This bare-bones taqueria has satisfied the neighborhood's late-night munchies for well over a decade, with no-nonsense authentic dishes and low price tags to boot. Try the platillo de cecina (the most expensive item on the menu at $8), a brimming platter of steak with Mexican-style beans and rice.
The house specialties are tacos, little rolls of absolute heaven for only $1.25 each. Adventurous folks can try the tripe, tongue or brain variations, though tacos al pastor (pork and onions) is what catapulted Los Comales to fame and inspired its expansion to 20 nearby and international locations. The interior feels a little like a cafeteria, but if itís whatís inside your tummy (and wallet after the meal) that counts, then Los Comales hits the jackpot.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: M. Cecilia Wong