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May 17, 2007 10:42 AM

Near LAX, lunch wasteland?

I just moved from the east coast, and work on Sepulveda just south of LAX. As far as I can tell, my choices include any number of chains, with a light peppering of really bad strip-mall Mexican and Japanese-esque fare. Are there any hidden gems out here?

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  1. George Petrelli's Steakhouse is just north of you. His uncle Joe's restaurant just up the street (which is now closed) was always busy with aerospace engineers in its hey day. George does an equally good job. The steak sandwich for lunch is a winner!

    Aunty Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey is great for southern food.

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      1. re: Wes

        It is, but in fairness, I don't think it's "near LAX."

        I live like a mile from Petrelli's -- give or take. I'm 15 minutes from the airport at least.

        It's open to interpretation, but I don't think that Petrelli's is near enough the airport unless you take a long lunch. If Petrelli's is near the airport, so is Manhattan Beach.

        BTW - Is Pann's "near" the airport? I think it might be, it's closer than Petrelli's.

        1. re: PaulF

          From Sepulveda and Century Blvd. it's 3.1 miles to Petrelli's and 2.9 miles to Pann's.

    1. It depends on what you're looking for and how far you want to travel. One charming, authentic place which is nearby, is Pann's

      To someone from the east coast, where you have your pick of authentic places, this may not seem like a big deal but for LA it is and it is truly great.

      1. I had a great pulled pork sandwich at Porky's, on Manchester less than ten minutes east, after La Brea and before Prairie. They have drive-thru and call-ahead service, though beware of mistakes in your order. I'd advise eating in, ordering simply, and sharing some superior pulled pork and ribs, supplemented by their Golden Bird fried chicken.

        1. If you go a little north of LAX, there are some restaurants around LMU - Alejo's for Italian (it's alright), KC's crepes (good!) and then there's Panera (I know it's a chain, but I like it) next to the Trader Joes on Sepulveda near Manchester.

          1. Rinaldi's in El Segundo (it might be called Original Rinaldi's) is north of the Airport to the west of you.

            It could be my favorite sub shop. Not sure, but it's close. Too many sandwiches to name a favorite.

            Lots of folks from El Seg and lots from the aerospace companies eat there.

            And - and this might sound crazy -- there is a really good little cafeteria in the Oracle building on the ground floor. I don't know what it's called, but I've eaten there a bunch of times

            It's really darn good and cheap.

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            1. re: PaulF

              The Italian Combo is really good. I get mine with spicy mustard and peperoncini.