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help scottish tourists looking for good cheap food in lax area of los angeles

help my husband myself and 4 fussy teens are coming to la for 3 weeks we come here twice a year and are really dissapointed with the food any suggestions

any advise would be really appreciated

thanx Bernadette

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  1. we normally eat in santa monica, culver city, marina del ray,we are not into english cuisine my husband likes plain food 3 of us are very adventurous my son loves pizza and his girlfriend loves pasta

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    1. re: berniemuff

      If you like pasta I would recommend Alejo's on Manchester/Lincoln. It's a very casual place but serves decent Italian food.

      From LAX take Sepulveda (north) and that will turn into Lincoln. As soon as you pass Manchester it is located on your left hand side. It is located next to a Mexican restaurant, sushi joint, Quizno's (sandwiches), and Chicago Ribs. So you will have lots of choices. It's very close to LAX (less than 2 miles or less than 10 minutes)

      If you want something a little fancier on the right hand side of the street is Italy's Little Kitchen.


      1. re: maitai

        thanx we have eaten there already and really enjoyed it

      2. re: berniemuff

        For basic American diner /plain-ish food, Pann's is a good place. Lots of choices there. 6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Antica Pizzeria for pizza and pasta. 13455 Maxella Ave (2nd floor)
        Marina del Rey, CA 90292

      3. The first comment is correct. There is little good food near LAX, although there is a pretty good Indian restaurant off Manchester and Airport in a mini-mall. There is a decent Thai restaurant in a shopping center off La Tijera near the Sepulveda intersection. Go north to Santa Monica for a wide selection of all kinds of restaurants including high-end. Go south to Gardena for excellent Japanese food. There are serious and expensive restaurants in Beverly Hills (also tourist traps). Fabulous Chinese food in Monterey Park, Alhambra and Arcadia. Excellent Korean food in Koreatown and the same for Thai food in Thai town.

          1. For inexpensive food, generally you should avoid West LA or the beach cities.
            Just southeast of LAX in Hawthorne you have many possibilities.

            Shafaa on Hawthorne for Middle Eastern/Turkish.
            Arcense and El Cerro Verde for Salvadoran.
            Pho Hoa and Huong Vi for Vietnamese (especially for pho).
            Little Asia for basic, non-steam table Chinese (the soups are especially good).
            Al Watan for Pakistani/Indian.
            Lichas for Mexican.

            Valentinos has a branch in El Segundo, very good pizza (never had the pasta).

            Very recent thread about Inglewood: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/460754

            Gardena and Torrance have a wealth of Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian options.

            If you care to, please elaborate on 'fussy'.

            No good food near LAX - that's total BULL****, er nonsense!

            Al Watan
            13619 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Shafaa Halal Restaurant and Market
            12211 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Little Asia
            12725 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            5119 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Pupuseria El Cerro Verde
            12627 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            4267 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Pho Hoa
            15034 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Huong Vi
            15180 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

            Valentino's Pizza
            150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste A, El Segundo, CA 90245

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            1. re: DiveFan

              Need to add a few more:

              El Pollo Inka - Peruvian (tallarin = pasta)
              Rinconcito Ecuadoriano - Ecuadorian
              Mi Ama - Columbian
              Continental Market - Argentinian empanadas for take away

              I'm always surprised at the 'meat and potatoes' options available in most Latin American cuisines. Good for the less adventurous eater.

              Good hunting, Mike (wee bit of Scottish heritage)

              Continental Gourmet Market
              12921 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

              Mi Ama Restaurant
              14605 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

              Rinconcito Ecuatoriano
              12631 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

              El Pollo Inka
              15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

              1. re: DiveFan

                And let's not forget a good place for sandwiches in El Segundo - next door to LAX:

                Original Rinaldi's
                323 Main St
                El Segundo, CA 90245
                (310) 647-2860

                1. re: DiveFan

                  Doh! Main St. in El Segundo is a kind of Sandwich Row.
                  Big Mike's for philly style beef and Havana Sandwich for cubanos are worth visiting.
                  Not sure I could recommend any other pasta or pizza in ES. Anyone been to Andiamo or Stuft Pizza? Anthony's has a nice outdoor patio but the food is so-so.

                  Original Rinaldi's
                  323 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                  Big Mike's Philly Steaks
                  507 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                  Havana Sandwich Co
                  229 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

              2. not to turn you into guinea pigs, but it would be cool to get your take on the controversial nostalgia vs. quality Tito's Tacos at Sepulveda and Washington. If you Scots can take fried Mars Bars, you'll love Tito's, at least the kids probably will. Also, Bay Cities Italian deli is close by on Lincoln, which has killer sandwiches.

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                1. re: rancherostyl

                  i wouldn't call it 'close by' on lincoln.
                  it took me 45 minutes to get from manchester and lincoln to wilshire and lincoln this afternoon. this was 'normal' traffic.
                  many folks would not consider one and a half hours of vacation time (more valluable than 'regular' time) spent driving round trip worth it for sandwiches. bay cities is good, but imho, not that good.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Point taken, I guess "as the crow flies", which is what I was thinking, just doesn't apply anywhere at any time in LA anymore. But if they grab the sandwiches and then eat them on the benches on Ocean, maybe the trip would be worth it...

                    1. re: rancherostyl

                      for that, imho, they'd be better off getting the sandwiches from rinaldi's in el segundo and taking them to manhattan beach/porto beach.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        I guess this whole question is a bit abstract for me, as a native trying to imagine where to eat near the airport. And as an east-sider, I defer to you WG.

                2. To satisfy your husband's simple tastes as well as offer some things a bit more adventurous, consider Truxton's, 8611 Truxton Ave. at Manchester Blvd. in Westchester. They have a very nice menu.

                  Truxton's American Bistro
                  8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                  1. re: Signora

                    Truxton's is great, but not cheap. At least not as I define "cheap," but budgets vary.

                    And if Bay CIties is too far, what about Sorrento? No place to eat there (it's a crowded little market), but great for a take-out picnic on a nice day.

                    Sorrento Italian Market
                    5518 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230