The LA Times recently came out with a list of 25 cullinary bargains. It did not include my personal favorite culinary bargain:
The $3.50 bagel with cream cheese, tomato and capers at Banquette Cafe.
Its the best bagel I have ever had. Their bagels are made in Brooklyn in the morning, they get flown in to LAX by the afternoon, they get delivered to Banquette Cafe in the late evening, and are served for people to eat the next day.