This small sandwich shop in Chinatown has kept its doors open through the years while similar shops nearby have closed. Since the 1990s, their prices haven't changed much either. For less than $3, you can still get sandwiches with either cold cuts, chicken, beef or pork. Spring rolls are $2 for two. The restaurant recently added more tables and chairs and expanded its menu to include two popular Vietnamese soups, pho and bun bo Hue (for slightly more than $5).
Pho Quang Trung 2
9211 Bolsa Ave. Suite 101-103, Westminster (other location in Garden Grove)
(714) 891-2800, phoquangtrung.com
Open 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Sunday.
At Pho Quang Trung 2, you can get 13 types of pho for under $5. Unless you order it plain, pho for this price is a rarity these days. Granted, you have to order the small bowl, but this small is filling and comparable to a standard serving at most Vietnamese restaurants. Options under $5 include pho with oxtail, beef balls, chicken or rare steak.
Banh Mi My Tho
304 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra
(626) 289-4160, www.banhmimytho.com
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday.