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Mar 31, 2008 09:43 AM

4 hours at LAX

We have a 4 hour layover at LAX. Suggestions for a good place to eat?

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  1. Are you planning on cabbing it or do you have someone picking you up and taking you back to the airport?

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    1. re: Servorg

      We'll have a car -- Pick up and drop off for dinner around 5 PM

      1. re: nohonell

        I don't think you want to go too far with having to pick up and drop off the car. Close by the best choice is Ayara Thai. Right around the corner from Ayara is Truxton's which is American food in a slightly more upscale venue than a coffee shop but you can come as you are in terms of dress and be fine. There have been quite a few good posts over the years for Shula's Steakhouse - a small chain. It is also very close to the airport.

        1. re: Servorg

          Do a search for LAX in general and you'll find a lot of discussion.

          My pick is to 2nd Ayara.
          Truxton's is an ok choice.
          Don Shula's which I have not been to and is a chain has been chosen in the past.
          Some people would consider the In N Out on Sepulevada to be their top choice.

          1. re: gadflier

            Servorg, I just saw your 2nd post, which I had not read while I was composing my own. So let me just say...Jinx! :)

    2. Thanks for the suggestions. Thai is a fav so'll we'll go for Ayara.

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      1. re: nohonell

        Ayara is especially noted for their noodle dishes, but we have liked pretty much everything we have had there. It's a nice restaurant with friendly and usually efficient service. Easy street parking most everytime we have been there and there is also a large, free lot adjacent just in case the street is full. Hope you will post your results.

      2. Maybe it's too obvious, but I love eating at Encounters when I've got time to kill at LAX. The food is good (standard American fare) but the ambiance is really weird and fun, and you don't have to worry about traffic, just drive or walk over from the gate. Plus it's a great view of all the planes taking off and landing.

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        1. re: reallyneille

          Just so people know, Encounter re-opened after extensive seismic renovation in November. They are open for lunch every day, but extend past four into dinner only Th-Su eves, for the moment. Opinions about the food and service at Encounter fluctuate wildly -- it has gone through a disney-esque incarnation, fine dining, fusion food, a swanky place more for drinks...and on and on. I have not seen nor read any descriptions or reviews of its current status.

        2. Shula's 347 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. You don't need to rent a car. Hop the Sheraton Gateway shuttle bus for a free ride to and from the hotel. No car rental hassels.
          They open at 5pm. Nice bar in Shula's and hotel lobby and a Starbucks.

          1. If you decide to eat at LAX, your dining options will depend in part on what airline(s) you're coming in/going out on, since most of the restaurants are behind security.

            The exception is the Bradley terminal, which has a Daily Grill with a limited menu, a Mexican place, a Japanese stand that I've never tried, and (of course) a McD's. And as mentioned upthread, there's the Encounter restaurant, which is fun if not exactly haute cuisine. I've always been partial to the El Cholo in Terminal 5 (Delta). In general, the food at LAX has improved considerably since the days when Marriott had a monopoly.

            Of course, you will have more and better options if you leave the terminal ... just be very careful not to get too adventurous, traffic in the area is unpredictable and your four hours could flash by if you're not careful.

            A list of LAX food options: