5784 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083371 -118.326214
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood
Citysearch Editorial Review – Who says you can’t find a solid, restaurant-quality meal for under ten bucks in this town? This recession-friendly takeout joint offers a diverse menu with Italian and Argentinean influences. Sure, the “atmosphere” leaves something to be desired. (It’s about as appealing as a former Popeye’s can get, but unless you don’t mind dining under bright fluorescent lights, you’ll probably opt for takeout or delivery.) Hearty, home-style entrees like meatloaf, sweet potato shepherd’s pie and stuffed steak Milanese--with sides like mac-and-cheese and creamed spinach--are best enjoyed in the comfort of your own pad, anyway. Feeling like Italian? Opt for ravioli, gnocchi or lasagna. Healthier options are also available, including sandwiches, salads, roast chicken and poached salmon. Whatever you order, don’t miss the empanadas. For under two bucks a pop, these plump delicacies pack a flavorful punch; served fried or baked, they’re stuffed with everything from ham and cheese to beef, chicken or spinach. With big portions and only two selections that break the $10 barrier, this Melrose spot is a no-brainer when fast food just won’t cut it.
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