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Mar 8, 2008 10:56 AM

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:

              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