50 places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
Our list covers a wide range of tastes. We've highlighted some items for you to try, but many of these eateries offer a variety of choices priced $5 or less.
--Jenn Harris, Jason La and Michael Robinson View list in article format | Thumbnails
Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café( Cathy Silva )
Type: Cuban, bakery
10218 Paramount Blvd., Downey
(562) 806-8343, tropicanabakeryandcubancafe.com
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Tropicana Bakery opened in 1999 and is owned and operated by the Madrazo family. Melvyn Madrazo Sr., patriarch of the family, received inspiration for the bakery from his childhood in Cuba, where he watched his father bake Cuban bread and pastries. The bakery sells a number of pastries, sides and soups for $5 or less. For $1.65, you can get an empanada. For $1.19, you can get a Cuban potato ball (mashed potatoes filled with ground beef). $4.99 buys a bowl of albondigas soup (meatballs, rice and vegetables).