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Lunch IN LAX?

I have one of those annoying layovers tomorrow where there is enough time to sit down and have a nice lunch, but not enough time to leave security and the airport. Is there any hope? I'll be on American, if it matters. And I have a lousy cold, so bonus points for decent soup......

(Can you tell I'm totally NOT thrilled about this airplane trip tomorrow??)

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  1. Go to LAX's website: http://www.lawa.org/lax/food.cfm I don't know what terminal American is, but when I've flown Alaska there's never been anything interesting. Starbucks and Burger King is what I remember. I hate LAX airport. No sit down restaurants or anything! :(

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    1. re: dinami

      American is Terminal 4. Looks like Burger King, Chili'sTwo and Starbucks....

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      1. There is a sit down restaurant called "Encounter" in that space-agey looking building at the center of the airport. Not sure about the food, but the view is suppopsed to be great

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        1. re: rossinyc

          Encounter is closed until further notice ... it's literally falling apart ....

          http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.a...

          1. re: rossinyc

            Encounter is not inside security, so that doesn't meet OP's requirements. It is also closed for at least 3 months due to structural issues (you can see the large missing panel just driving by).

            As far as useful advice, I remember a psuedo-French bakery place in the American terminal. Unfortunately, whatever I had there left a bad impression on me, but I only had one thing and it was at least a year ago. LAX is simply not a culinary destination...

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            1. There are alot of things wrong with LAX, one of which is the food/dining options.

              I think part of the reason for the lack of good dining choices are the club lounges offered by major carriers like Delta, American, JAL, etc. They usually take away the clientele for any type sit-down food options open to the general public.

            2. Which terminal? I follow the lead of the airline flight attendants.

              Terminal 1 (SW/US Airways)
              - The mexican restaurant is the way to go. Breakfast is the best.
              - The deli there is just OK.
              - Food court in the front has the usual California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, etc. In the back ... McDonald's.

              Terminal 6 (United) -
              (In main area of gates)
              - Wolfgang Puck's - Order at the counter, and a lot of places to sit.
              - Gordon Biersch - Further down the concourse
              (Commuter Terminal section)
              - Redondo Beach Brewing Company - and great micro brew
              - Tony Moroni's Sausages
              - Then Starbuck's, etc.

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              1. re: rlknapp1

                It may not do Janet much good, since she is Terminal 4 (American), where long security lines make going to another terminal impractical, but fwiw there is also a Gordon Biersch in the Southwest Terminal.

                I am not enamored of the mexican place in Terminal 1, but then, there aren't that many alternatives.