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I lived in LA for almost 20 years (before heading to SF almost 4 years ago). I am flying in early next week to meet with my lawyer and we'll have about four hours to drive from LAX for a nice dinner before I head out of the country.

As much as I am tempted to head down to Gardena for Yakitori at Shin-Sen-Gumi, I don't think we'll have enough time for that. What are some reasonbly good restaurants near enough to LAX that we could head to?

I'm figuring to fly in about 6:00 or 7:00 with the need to be back at the airport for my international check-in by 11:00ish.

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  1. If time is an issue - then perhaps you should head 10 minutes from LAX to El Segundo, a new restaurant called FARM STAND is GOOD. I love the persian inspired dishes (chicken stewed in pommengranate and walnut puree with saffron rice) or the Nonna's lasgna. Warm cookies and milk for dessert. The concept is Urban Country family dinner table inspired food. The owners Sylvie (born in Provence of Italian and American descent) and her husband (Persian/Turkish and Russian descent)have blended the best of their family's (Mom, Dad, Grandparent's) favorite dinner menus and made them accessible at their new restaurant.

    Farm Stand
    422 Main Street
    El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 640-3276

    OR -

    Perhaps the Marina Del Rey branch of Tlapazola Grill, 4059 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310-822-7561 - Oaxacan with hints of California cuisine influence traditional flavors.

      1. re: westsidegal

        I second this suggestion -- very doable given your time frame.

      2. LAX, huh... nowadays you can't predict an arrival time and if you are feeling pressured by the weird climate for air travel you may want to eat really close-by.
        Take the shuttle bus to the Sheraton Gateway on Century Blvd. and go to Shula's 347 in the hotel. Its the best, closest steakhouse. (yeah the owner is NFL Coach, Don Shula.) Frequented by the expense account crowd and priced accordingly, it has great martini's + meat (supposedly Angus Certified cuts) in a relatively quiet environment where a conversation may not only be held, but also heard.

        For sushi, I suggest Irori in the Marina Marketplace on Glencoe. See other reports here for favored chef, Masa.
        bon voyage,
        Cecilia

        1. Ayara Thai in Westchester

          1. Houston's in Manhattan Beach.

            I've never been to Shulas, but one of my friends who stayed there for a conference really liked it.