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Mar 23, 2007 01:50 PM

What is REALLY close to LAX?

I am meeting family for lunch next week on their brief layover at LAX (2-3 hours between flights). Now that Encounter is closed for repairs, what else is either in the airport (outside the security screening) or very nearby? Proximity is the most important factor. I've checked the board, but need something updated. TIA.

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  1. In & Out if you don't mind a "fast food" lunch. Ayara Thai if you are looking for something a bit nicer or Truxton's American Bistro (Ayara and Truxton's are right around the corner from each other and would be 3 minutes to the airport while I & O is maybe 1 minute away.

    I have not been to Truxton's or Ayara for lunch so do not know their hours - or even if they serve mid-week lunch.

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    1. re: tony michaels

      Man, I wish there was an In & Out there when I went to LMU.

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        It was probably a blessing in disguise, Bob. ;-D

      2. re: tony michaels

        I second Ayara Thai. Dommy and I went a while ago and here review is here:

        Take care

        - P.

        1. re: tony michaels

          4 Ponts Sheraton at LAX. I believe they have airport shuttles.

          1. Stick and Stien sports pub on Sepulveda just outside the airport. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer on tap and lots of TVs.

            1. I've always been intrigued by the Buggy Whip because of it's demented name. But haven't tried yet...

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              1. re: bite bite

                I haven't been in more than 20 years, but a recent post indicates it's still awful.

                1. re: Babette

                  Buggy Whip is horrific, just there a few months ago.
                  If your willing to drive about 3 miles (or Cab) HOUSTON'S in Manhattan Beach is very dependable.

                  1. re: russkar

                    We just ate at that Houston's on Friday night. Always good food and service. Had the halibut topped with lump crab and served with jumbo asparagus. Fish was cooked perfectly. Ordered my bloody mary spicy and the manager brought it and insisted I try it while he waited in case it was too much heat. It was perfect too. Ended with the apple cobbler. Dueling spoons flashing as the three of us fought it out for the last morsel.

              2. I recollect a few people touting Shula's Steakhouse, in one of the hotels on Century.

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                1. re: ChinoWayne

                  I will gladly recommend Shula's, I don't know if it's all talk, but they claim to get some of the possible steak cuts available. That's a tough line to back up, but it was a nice meal.

                  1. re: Swoshmn

                    Thank you guys for all the good suggestions. As for Shula's, I had dinner at their Chicago location last fall. It would certainly fill the bill for this lunch, but there are better steaks elsewhere in LA (Ruth's Chris, Mastro's, for example).

                  2. re: ChinoWayne

                    Here's my report on Shula's for dinner a few weeks ago:


                    It is in the Sheraton Gateway (not to be confused with the Four Points Sheraton): take their shuttle bus, it took us less than 15 minutes to get there, and that included stopping at an additional terminal or two..

                    However, that said, on most airlines out of LAX (Southwest being a possible exception, since their security lines have been very efficient when I have been there), I am not sure two hours is really enough time to go outside security and have lunch...

                  3. Thank you all for the suggestions. We made the quick and easy drive to Truxton's, had a good lunch, and back to LAX in plenty of time for my guests to make their flight.

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                      1. re: tony michaels

                        I had a very tasty chicken casear salad, and my guests each had a turkey burger with sweet potato fries. My half portion was very sufficient for lunch (I didn't finish it, and was full), and the burgers looked great. I wouldn't say it's a destination kind of place, but if you're in the neighbborhood, it's very good. Coffee was good, too.