help scottish tourists looking for good cheap food in lax area of los angeles
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.
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.
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!
13619 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Shafaa Halal Restaurant and Market
12211 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250
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
15034 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
15180 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260
150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste A, El Segundo, CA 90245
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
12631 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250
El Pollo Inka
15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260
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.
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
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.
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.
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