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Apr 13, 2009 10:03 PM

Good Eats Near LAX

I will be driving from San Diego to LAX for a pickup at 7:00pm on Tuesday. Any tips for a good place to eat near LAX or on the way? Good and/or interesting food more important than ambience. Like ethnic.

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  1. If your pickup is at 7pm, then you probably want to eat very close to LAX to make sure you're not going to be late, otherwise I'd recommend Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil, in Long Beach not far off the 405. It's a very good ethnic Midwestern American place. ;-) On Tuesday they have fine Swedish meatballs on special, along with the regular menu of chicken pot pie, hamburger steak, etc., and great cakes and pies. Much closer to the airport you'll find Pann's, same general kind of food but less Martin Mull, more funky and even better than BnB in MHO. Their Tuesday special is beef short ribs, which you can get with great biscuits.

    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
    3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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    1. re: Harry Nile

      if you go to pann's, i'd recommend that you skip the milkshakes unless you like the taste of very poor quality ice cream and an awful aftertaste of artificial flavor.

      1. re: westsidegal

        When did you last have that milkshake, westsidegal? What did you like at Pann's?

        1. re: Harry Nile

          i had the milkshake about a year ago.
          the other two things i had were:
          1) a waffle, which in my opinion was no better than those sold in the frozen food cases of any chain grocery store
          2) a grilled cheese sandwich made with institutional grade cheese and they badly charred the bread.

          1. re: westsidegal

            I haven't had the milkshakes, waffle, or grilled cheese and am sorry to hear about your experience. My advice is: Go back for the biscuits, the fried chicken, the wings, the beef short ribs, and the clam chowder, which is great right after they make a batch but not bad even later.

            1. re: Harry Nile

              i am a pescatarian/vegetarian, also, the 'americana' style of food (think joy of cooking) is my least favorite, so even if the dishes you named were all brilliantly executed, i would have no interest in returning.

              for the money, i would prefer to go to mariscos chente for mexican seafood, dinah's for the baked pancakes, ibex rahel awash and meals by genet for ethiopian, ayara for thai, 26 beach for salads and burgers, houstons for their veggie burger, hide or k-zo for sushi, and samosa house for indian.

    2. Hokkaido Off 405 Long Beach
      Buggy Whip In Weschester
      Versailles In Manhattan Beach
      The Proud Bird Just off the LAX Runways

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      1. re: flylice2x

        must respectfully disagree with the buggy whip recommedation. imho, buggy whip serves 'average" eats, not "good" eats.

      2. Ayara Thai is pretty good and really close 5 min away...
        6245 West 87th Street
        Westchester, California 90045

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        1. re: jaypeezy

          second the ayara thai cuisine recommendation

        2. Just south of LAX is downtown El Segundo. Try Richmond Grill. Great pub for Burgers, homemade chips and Micro Brews on tap. Second City Bistro has great seafood and a quiet atmosphere. Indian Summer for fab Lamb Korma and garlic naan.

          1. On the way to LAX just off the 405 is some of the better Japanese food in LA.

            My favorites include
            Santouka for ramen
            Komatsu for tempura
            Shinsengumi (2 locations) one for yakitori, the other for ramen.
            Musha for izakaya.
            Oddly, Gardena/Torrance is not known for sushi, but I would recommend Kampachi, especially for sushi you might never get elsewhere.

            Kyochon for Korean fried chicken.

            Bruddah's for some of the best Hawaiian plate lunch around.

            Below is a discussion of best Japanese food. Note Exilekiss's post.

            otherwise I like Pann's for fried chicken and waffles (yes better than Roscoes


            Ayara Thai is good, but only if you are in the mood for Thai. It's not a world beater.

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              1. re: Ogawak

                Here are my nearby lists of nearby places to fill in any gaps:
                El Segundo/LAX -
                Inglewood/Lennox -
                Hawthorne -
                Gardena/Lawndale -
                South Bay area Hawaiian -
                South Bay area BBQ -
                South Bay area ethnic markets -

                To drive from SD through the Orange parking lot, eat and then make it to LAX by 7pm, you should leave mighty mighty early.