Eats near Airport? LAX
Does anyone know the lay of the land by LAX? We're going to be stuck as the Marriott for a convention for 5 days.
I'm looking for 1) cheap drink 2) affordable eats (healthy sandwiches, burgers, snacks) 3) good sushi & sake and 4) maybe a nearby grocery or supermarket to buy some food for hotel room.
1. cheap drink: sharkeez in Manhattan Beach has nice drink specials, they rotate them depending on the night. I also like a lot of their barfood....good Tiki Tenders and that variety of food....good place to watch Monday night football or something. If you're feeling Dive-y, perhaps check out the Fireside on Lincoln and Manchester. Something kind of cool on THursdays is the turtle races at Brennan's pub in the Marina. They do have food, but its just regular bar food.
2. Affordable eats (healthy sandwiches, burgers, snacks): Petit Cafe in El Segundo has some nice mediterrean food. Gyros aren't bad, but I like their "Philly Cheese steak" (its not really an authentic version but its a nice one. Its on Sepulveda just a few miles past the LAX tunnel. McCormick and Schmicks has a nice, cheap happy hour menu. That's in Manhattan Beach on Rosecrans. Houstons or In-n-Out or Fatburger in Marina Del Rey for burgers.
3) good sushi & sake: Mehhhhhhh. There's Irori in Marina del Rey which people like, but I haven't been. I didn't dig Kampai when I went.
4) maybe a nearby grocery or supermarket to buy some food for hotel room. The Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach seems better (at least to me) than the one in Westchester. Both are expensive though. There's also a Gelson's in Marina del Rey which is ok, but Bristols is much better. I think the Ralphs in the Manhattan Beach shopping mall on Rosecrans and Sepulveda is actually a Ralphs Fresh Faire, which is supposedly a little nicer than the standard version.
Bad 2 Da Bone BBQ, 4565 W. Century Bl. has killer Q, take out only. Hey, just how healthy do you want to be?
I haven't been there yet and don't know their hours, but others have favorably reviewed Aliki's Greek Taverna, Arbor Vitae Bl. at Airport - within walking distance for you.
For inexpensive Pakistani/Indian, try Noor Biryani, 10011 Hawthorne Bl., SW corner at Century Bl.
There is a medium size market on Arbor Vitae between the I405 and Hawthorne Bl. (can't remember the name).
The Ralphs mentioned above is North of the airport on Sepulveda about three blocks south of Manchester; Trader Joes is just one block south of Manchester.
In El Segundo, there's a Ralphs market on Sepulveda across from a minimall filled with food options. Downtown ES on Main is also worth exploring.
For two "only in L.A." dinners not far away:
Cafe del Rey in the Marina off Lincoln a bit to the north. Views of the sailboats in the Marina, good food, service and wine.
If you can make it up to Main Street on the southern end of Santa Monica, I'm a big fan of Chinois on Main. Big flavors, shared dishes, splashy decor, and I've always been treated well. Wolfgang Puck flagship restaurant (after the original Spago).
whenever i pick someone up at the airport, we end up going to Kanpai for lunch: small sushi bar on Lincoln (8325 lincoln, north of Manchester Ave.). Not too expensive, pretty delicious -- I like the negi-toro box.
(also i second Ayara: cheap and really fresh neighborhood Thai. a great find!)
If you search the board for LAX related postings you'll find a number of threads.
I'd recommend Ayara Thai, at 6245 West 87th Street 310) 410-8848
(just off of Sepulveda, tucked away in a lot off of Manchester.)
You might also try Shula's at the LAX Sheraton for drinks and a steak.
For a good grocery store, there is a new Bristol Farms at Lincoln and Manchester ( a major block west of Sepulveda.) For a standard chain, there's a Ralph's at Sepulveda and Manchester.
No sushi particularly nearby, but if you avoid rush hour, much of the city is pretty accessible if you are willing to drive.