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May 20, 2008 12:34 PM

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.


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  1. 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.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      I second the original Farmer's Market on Fairfax

      Here are some older posts about favorites there. Talk about something distinctly LA.

      1. re: mollyomormon

        although abbot kinney, on the map, looks like it's not too far out of the way, in reality, this will add a LOT of time to the trip.

      2. If you're considering heading to Abbott Kinney, consider going to Jin Patisserie.
        They have outstanding quiche and the best cakes in town (IMHO - I like them light and fluffy)


        1. 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

          Partamian Bakery
          5410 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

          Normandie Pate
          3022 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA

          1. 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:

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            1. re: cant talk...eating

              if you are open to back-tracking, i like what they serve at maison du pain on pico just east of hauser.
              think croissants, bread, and a few pastries

              1. re: westsidegal

                I would also second that one.

                La Maison Du Pain
                5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

            2. 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.