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Dec 23, 2006 06:08 PM

Looking for eats near LAX

Will be staying at a hotel near LAX and will have a rental car. Any good eats nearby? Thanks.

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  1. China Grill in Manhattan Beach (it's in the Manhattan Village Mall parking lot) for a casual lunch - there are other threads on that here - I have fallen in love with their fish in parchment. You'll be pretty close to Playa del Rey (just south of Marina del Rey) where The Minotaure is a great cozy tapas place for dinner (and open very late) - there are also threads about that around here. And you'll be close to El Segundo, where in the little downtown there's Second City Bistro, which can be good - not five star but good. Might want to search Chowhound for Manhattan Beach as there's a whole scene there and I'm sure someone has favorites to suggest.

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    1. re: Cinnamon

      Cinnamon, thanks for the suggestion. I had heard that there are good eats to be had in El Segundo. I think there is a shuttle that runs to MB from Sepulveda. Don't know how difficult it would be to find parking there but will give it a go. Thanks for the suggestions. The tapas place sounds great.

    2. live there, born and raised.
      do you have preferences such as price, food type, chinese, mexican, steak etc? I tell people for a good/great seafood meal and lot's of celeb sightings, on the beach [at sunset and pch] (pacific coast highway) is Gladstones 4 Fish. wonderful food <<very much of it, great atmostphere and the beach. if you want an incredible meal for dinner and want to impress yourself and a guest, Crustaseans is the place. a bit pricey but you'll never have food like that anywhere else.

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      1. re: iL Divo

        I love seafood; travelling on a tight per diem budget so I don't want to break the bank but like the suggestions. Thank you!

        1. re: iL Divo

          Crustaceans is widely despised on this board for overpriced, badly executed "Asian" fusion food.

            1. re: wilafur

              I third this. Went once - never again, food was awful!!!

                1. re: kel

                  Fifth. And frankly, Gladstones does not fare much better. In my opinion, these are two restaurants with less than average food.

                  1. re: scrappydog

                    Sixth it. Neither Crustacean or Gladstones are places I would recommend.

                    1. re: Faulkner99

                      Seventh it - Crustacean sucks - plus they have the rudest staff anywhere in LA from the host to the valets.

        2. I like Richmond Street Bar and Grill for a schooner of beer and a great great burger.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            I hope their restrooms are not as incredibly gross as in the past.

          2. The most interesting things I can think of near the airport are the great Pakistani restaurant Al Watan
            (13619 Inglewood Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250-5610)
            and the classic Googie style coffee shop Pann's.
            (6710 LaTijera Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045)

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            1. re: oro3030

              Yeah, Pann's is a definite for Breakfast...not too far from LAX and its a very interesting experience.

              Seafood near LAX? Good luck. There's a McCormick's and Schmicks, which is a sucky chain. HOUSTON's is there too, good food...ribs and burgers and stuff like that....

              If you like Indian Food, Bilal Indian cusine on Manchester Blvd has great homestyle Pakistani/Indian food for cheap. Zero ambiance in a sort of sketchy area.

              how far are you willing to drive? I mean there are some decent options a 10-15 minute drive on the 405 (Japanese centers in Gardena and Sawtelle Blvd...PINKBERRY too).

              1. re: Xericx

                if you do go to pann's,
                i recommend that you do NOT get their shake, nor their grilled cheese, nor their waffle. those were the items i ordered my first visit there, and they were so uniformly poor that i never went back. the architecture and the mid-century decor was the best thing about the place.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  My experience of the waffle is absolutely the opposite. The best I've had outside of Belgium.

              2. re: oro3030

                Followed the many supporters of Pann's (nearly every request for eats near LAX received Pann's in response)and had dinner there last month before a flight. The portions are quite large, but the food is excellent and made with care. The service is friendly, though a little slow as expected when business really picks up.

                I did have the worst time getting into Pann's little "island" in the middle of a confusing intersection. Little did I know that missing a turn would put me on the neverending stretch of La Cienega. Drove for many miles and minutes before finally finding the entrance.

                1. re: gsmoose

                  You can only get there going N.E. on La Tijera or South on La Cienega

                  If North on La Cienaga turn Left onto Centinela and a quick Right on La Tijera.

                  (please excuse the "foreign" spelling.

                  ==>> The Chicken Fries Steak is great.

              3. Dinahs for apple pancakes or dutch baby pancakes. It's at the corner of Centinela and Sepulveda. Dinahs is an old-fashioned coffee shop with wacky 1950's decor. Their apple pancakes are legendary - - more like apple fritters than pancakes - - oh so yummy with a crust of sugar and caramelized apples. mmmmm.

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                1. re: purplescout

                  i also like the swedish pancakes and the chile relleno omlette at dinah's.