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What is REALLY close to LAX?

CynD Mar 23, 2007 01:50 PM

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. tony michaels RE: CynD Mar 23, 2007 01:55 PM

    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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      Bostonbob3 RE: tony michaels Mar 23, 2007 01:56 PM

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

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        tony michaels RE: Bostonbob3 Mar 23, 2007 01:59 PM

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

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        Mattapoisett in LA RE: tony michaels Mar 23, 2007 02:24 PM

        I second Ayara Thai. Dommy and I went a while ago and here review is here:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/317321

        Take care

        - P.

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          keaton RE: tony michaels Mar 23, 2007 04:23 PM

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

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            westsidegal RE: tony michaels Mar 23, 2007 11:09 PM

            ayara, i believe, opens at 10AM.

          2. scrappydog RE: CynD Mar 23, 2007 02:00 PM

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

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              bite bite RE: CynD Mar 23, 2007 05:27 PM

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

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                Babette RE: bite bite Mar 23, 2007 05:48 PM

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

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                  russkar RE: Babette Mar 25, 2007 06:27 AM

                  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.

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                    tony michaels RE: russkar Mar 25, 2007 06:34 AM

                    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. ChinoWayne RE: CynD Mar 24, 2007 12:34 AM

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

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                  Swoshmn RE: ChinoWayne Mar 24, 2007 12:47 AM

                  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.

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                    CynD RE: Swoshmn Mar 24, 2007 06:27 PM

                    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).

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                    susancinsf RE: ChinoWayne Mar 24, 2007 08:11 PM

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

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38072...

                    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...

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                      Fat Billie RE: susancinsf Mar 24, 2007 08:13 PM

                      M&M Soul Food

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                        susancinsf RE: Fat Billie Mar 24, 2007 08:19 PM

                        Can you tell us more about it?

                  3. CynD RE: CynD Mar 26, 2007 02:31 PM

                    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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                      tony michaels RE: CynD Mar 26, 2007 02:35 PM

                      What did you have?

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                        CynD RE: tony michaels Mar 26, 2007 10:52 PM

                        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.

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