Mid-morning snack ideas between LAX and fairfax
Im picking up my girlfriend for at LAX friday morning (around 9:30) and curious if there was anything distinctly LA between there and where we're staying back near fairfax.
preferably something on the lighter side - a pastry or confection or something less than meal-esque, as im planning on getting pastrami at langer's for lunch.
It doesnt need to be right on the most direct path back from the airport, but the whole point is to find something somewhere near a sensible route back.
I have a of couple ideas: you could take Lincoln up to Venice and head to 3 Square on Abbott Kinney and share their fantastic pastry/bread basket and enjoy the sunshine. Then hop on Washington and head over to Fairfax. Alternately, LA is a huge donut city so you could head to the LA Farmer's Market on Fairfax and grab donuts at Bob's dounuts.
If you want something close to your route to Fairfax try Normandie Bakery on Jefferson and Cochran between La Cienaga and La Brea. French pastries and drinks but no real coffee bar. Also along the way on La Cienega is Pann's which is a Diner of some note on this board. If you want something completely different there is an Armenian Bakery On Adams where you can pick up some lahmajune a very thin Flat bread with ground lamb herbs and tomato sauce.
Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
5410 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
3022 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA
I've done that drive a lot and I can see a detour to Abbot-Kinney doubling your drive time, esp. late morning on a Friday as you grind through Santa Monica traffic. There's a good little Mexican bakery in West L.A. on Venice Blvd. east of the 405, though I can't remember the name (north side of Venice) - help? locals? I would say that's a pretty L.A.-esque, maybe even w/ a plate of chorizo and eggs thrown in. From there it's a straight shot up Venice past Helms onto Fairfax. The cemitas poblanos truck parks nearby for future reference, as you may not want that pre-Langer's!
Another good stop would be Rubios bakery at La Brea and Pico (across from Lucy's), but that would require a bit of a back-track to Fairfax. See: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/356474
Maybe a donut at Randy's (near the airport), a donut at Primo's (on Sawtelle at the midway point) and then a donut at Bob's (at the Farmer's market), just to make a comparison of some of the better donuts in LA.