Aladin Sweets & Market
139 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
(213) 382-9592, http://www.aladinla.com
Open 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
This inexpensive restaurant and market serves food from the Bengal region of India and Bangladesh. Their food is halal (prepared in accordance with Islamic law), so it's made from scratch. Except for one item, everything on its 48-item menu costs $3.99 or less. Curries range from $2.99 to $3.99. Some kebab dishes are a buck. Portions are a little small, so you may need a few items for a meal.
White spinach slice from Richie Palmer's Pizzeria
658 Americana Way, Glendale
(818) 240-4440, richiepalmerspizza.com
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
A single slice of pizza may not seem like much, but at Richie Palmer's Pizzeria stand at the Americana, the slices are beyond satisfying. You could always go for the plain cheese or pepperoni classics, but Richie Palmer's makes a great white spinach slice. The pizza features a thin New York-style crust, a gooey white Italian cheese blend and a hefty dose of ribbons of spinach.