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Breakfast-to-go for an LAX flight

Next month I will be driving from Los Feliz to take a very early flight out of LAX (6 am). Of course there isn't that much open within the airport that time of day ... any suggestions for a place to stop to get suitable early-morning fare, filling but not-too-heavy, to be eaten either in the waiting area or on the plane?

Typical brekkie items like scrambled eggs and pancakes are NG because they'll be cold by the time I get there. I typically try to pick up bagels with lox and cream cheese at Canter's or Jerry's, but I thought I'd see if anyone had interesting ideas.

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  1. you could hit up benito's or lucy's drive-in on la brea for some mexican fare, though i fear it may not be enjoyable by that point.

    the kettle will be open and you could grab some fruit and granola to go.

    in that same vein, might i recommend a trip to whole foods the night before... some fruit, yogurt, and granola to go... even 7-11 is now selling a pretty tasty granola in a pre-portioned plastic cup. if you feel like indulging, get some of gelson's rice pudding to go. you could also go for some tabbouli or couscous and some hard boiled eggs to go as well.

    too bad primo's won't be open yet for buttermilk bars.

    1. Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese used to be my in-flight staples. They are durable, can be safely kept at room temperature for an hour or two, and are delicious (if fragrant; other passengers may be either jealous or offended). However, since the TSA regulations I am not sure cream cheese, being gel-like, will be allowed. I haven't risked testing the rules. The TSA website is not clear on cream cheese. But there is a suggestions at the Independent Traveler website that a PB&J might be confiscated. Safest bet probably is to either eat whatever you bring at the airport before going through security, or buy something to take onboard once you get through security.

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      1. re: barham turner

        I hadn't thought of that ... I think I've taken cream cheese on board at least once since the regs were tightened.

        1. re: maxzook

          I've taken pb&j and cream cheese bagels through security recently without problems. Hard boiled eggs were ok too. They won't let yogurt through because even the smallest yogurt container is larger than their limit (3oz is the max, I think, same as for toiletries). I don't think rice pudding would be let through.

          1. re: saucydiva

            These things are always hard to predict. I got rice pudding through the TSA once. And I regularly get sandwiches, condiments, salads, jars of honey, etc. through the TSA without any event. That includes things like potato salad and tuna salad, which were in excess of the 3 oz. rule and probably would be considered (in some narrow, literal minds) to be a gel.

            But you don't even need to risk anything for breakfast because there are plenty of options that will easily sail through. Get a scone or some good bread, bring a small jar of honey, get a bit of some fresh cheese (farmer's cheese, for example), and add a piece of fruit and you've got a great breakfast.

            Alternately, you could bring a packet of oatmeal and then ask the flight attendants for some hot water. Sure, it's instant oatmeal, but it's filling and more nutritious than many breakfast choices.

      2. I'm not sure what time they open, but The Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach has good Lox & Bagels.
        http://www.thelocalyolk.com/
        I often take the 6AM flights east, best bet is a nice home packed snack the night before, sleep to the last possible minute!

        1. The bacon cheddar scone from Milk. I mean, bacon means breakfast, right? If I have an early morning flight, I get mine the night before. Maybe two of them - calories consumed on a plane just disappear into the ether, or so I try to convince myself. They also keep just fine overnight in a ziplock bag.

            1. re: Oh Robin

              I love Skymeals. The quality is really high. If I could afford it, I would have them deliver me food every day, even when I wasn't traveling. If you have a KCRW card, there is a 10% or 15% discount (I forgot which).