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Someplace good near LAX?

My big bro has a lay over at LAX this thursday so we're going to grab a bite to eat. He has about an hour and a half to eat (2 and half hour lay over). Any suggestions for a place near LAX? We could go into Santa Monica/Venice but id rather stay in the LAX area if possible. 25ish per person. Open to anything.

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      1. re: NJRFilms

        If you like Thai food this is quite good and very close to LAX: http://www.ayarathaicuisine.com/

        1. re: Servorg

          I tried Ayara yesterday for lunch on your recommendation. Loved it! Great food, great service. Thanks!

          1. re: Rhi_3

            Glad that you enjoyed it. This is exactly what CH is all about, everyone sharing their tips on dining in LA and the surrounding area. Each of us has some gems that others haven't heard of or gotten around to trying. I learned about Ayara here on the LA board.

            Have you been to Pann's yet? Try their chicken wings or their patty melt. Both are in a class by themselves.


            1. re: Servorg

              I work in El Segundo, so it's a bit too far at lunch... but will definitely put it on my list of places to try!

        2. re: NJRFilms

          that helps. it's slim pickins for decent restaurants by the airport, but...

          derrick's jamaican restaurant is supposed to have great food. i haven't been there myself, but the menu looks terrific...


          there's also shula's 347 grill at the sheraton gateway hotel for standard steakhouse fare


          Derrick's Jamaican Cuisine
          6806 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          Shula's 347
          6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      2. Try this.
        Alejo's Presto Italian Restaurant
        8343 Lincoln Boulevard (@ Manchester) Westchester

          1. I would suggest Caffe Pinguini. Good, quick food at reasonable prices and a nice outdoor patio.
            6935 Pacific Av.
            Playa Del Rey

              1. La Paz in El Segundo. Just take Sepulveda south just past the 105, make a right onto Mariposa, left on Center Street and it's right there. Plenty of parking, neighborhood spot, very casual, inexpensive ($10 for entree/platter, if that), great Mexican, great service, great chips and salsa. I always take people here either before dropping them off for a flight or picking them up after a flight. Great lowkey place to chill and eat great. They close at 9pm.

                If you want a nicer place, then I second Caffe Pinguini.

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                1. re: LisaStitch

                  Is it still called La Paz? I thought it had a new name and touted itself as a 'tequila bar'.

                  1. re: Alfredo Garcia

                    No name change that I know of, but I haven't been in a few months, and honestly I didn't look at the sign! They did physically relocate though - up until a couple years ago they used to be in a small space on Main Street. Now they are on the corner of Mariposa and Center. I'm not sure that the link/address below is correct...

                    1. re: Alfredo Garcia

                      IIRC they are in the space formerly occupied by Big John's, so the Center St. address s/b correct. Not a great move foot traffic wise, but closer to aerospace lunch customers and with better parking.

                  2. Chef Hannes on Main Street in El Segundo is a great little bistro. Tiny place, great food, good atmosphere. I think they have a website so you can see the menu ahead of time.

                    1. A little late for the OP, but next time call Aliki's Greek Taverna (to make sure they are open). Very close to LAX.

                      Farm Stand
                      422 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                      Caffe Pinguini
                      6935 Pacific Ave, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

                      Second City Bistro
                      223 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                      Chef Hannes Restaurant
                      411 1/2 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                      La Paz Restaurant
                      514 Center St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                      Aliki's Greek Taverna
                      5862 Arbor Vitae St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                      Ayara Thai Cuisine
                      6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                      8343 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA