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sfporcaro Mar 15, 2007 11:42 AM

My mom is coming into town tonight and I'd like to take her to a nice hole in the wall restaurant. Something many others wouldn't know about. She used to take us to these eclectic places growing up, and I'd like to return the favor. Since she's flying in around 8, somewhere near LAX would be great, especially up in the Santa Monica area. Any cuisine is good.

thanks-

  1. tony michaels Mar 15, 2007 12:13 PM

    Good and little known Thai restaurant right by LAX, Ayara Thai.
    6245 W 87th St.
    LA, CA 90045

    Here is a link to a good and recent thread on this very subject that should give you some other good ideas.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370598

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    1. re: tony michaels
      westsidegal Mar 15, 2007 03:16 PM

      this would be my suggestion, too.
      very good food.
      very reasonable prices.
      nice enough atomsphere, especially if you're seated on the lower level (the south side of the restaurant).

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      sfporcaro Mar 15, 2007 01:14 PM

      thank you. this is very helpful.

      1. mollyomormon Mar 15, 2007 01:17 PM

        If you want something actually in Santa Monica, I would take her to Musha. You would need a reservation since it's a very small place. You can search the board for information on what to order, but I love taking out-of-towners (particularly those from places where there's no access to good izakaya food) to Musha. It's between 4th and 5th on Wilshire.

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          Burger Boy Mar 15, 2007 03:08 PM

          There is a Mongolian BBQ on Manchester east of Aviation ? in a mall with a sports bar, donut place, laundromat and a couple other places. It is my fave Mongolian, get an extra order of the fried won ton, they give you one or two with the meal. I am not sure how late they are open. If anyone knows the name, please jump in. Call and find out when they close.

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            westsidegal Mar 15, 2007 03:14 PM

            for what it's worth,
            for mongolian barbeque, i much prefer BIG WOK on sepulveda blvd in manhattan beach.

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              OldieButGoodie Mar 15, 2007 03:26 PM

              Three Flames

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              rickym13 Mar 15, 2007 03:46 PM

              local hawaiian place on sepulveda "back home in lahaina"

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                Cinnamon Mar 20, 2007 10:14 PM

                That place is good for a first try at Hawaiian. (Personally, I could do without Hawaiian cuisine - but if I had to have it, I'd go there. It's interesting.)

              2. modernist Mar 15, 2007 04:04 PM

                how about al noor for pakistani? super hole in the wall, great food and cheap. known on the boards but no where else.

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                  LisaStitch Mar 15, 2007 04:41 PM

                  Sorry if posting too late to catch you, but just in case - check out La Paz in El Segundo - SO close to LAX. They recently moved to the corner of Mariposa and Center Street. Fantastic and cheap Mexican. Plenty of parking and plenty of tables. Definitely a hole in the wall kind of place that only locals really know of and go to. I used to go with a friend of mine who was from El Segundo and he'd always run into people he knew here.

                  Directions - out of LAX, take Sepulveda south past the 105, make a right onto Mariposa, go 3-4 blocks and make a left onto Center and it's right there.

                  1. rlknapp1 Mar 15, 2007 04:47 PM

                    El Tarascos
                    200 block of Rosecrans, Manhattan Beach

                    1. Xericx Mar 20, 2007 10:15 PM

                      Panns Diner

                      or

                      Bilal Indian/Pakistani Food on Manchester

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