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Good Eats Near LAX?

laytonj1 Jun 2, 2009 01:46 PM

I am looking for recommendations for restaurants in close proximity to LAX. I will be picking up my parents tomorrow and then off to an early dinner to bypass rush-hour. No Thai or Asian food (parents are weird) but anything else is fine. Thanks!

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    chuck Jun 4, 2009 06:24 PM

    For a small chain Salt Creek Grill on Sepulveda a little south of the airport is pretty good for casual food.

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      laytonj1 Jun 4, 2009 08:45 AM

      Thanks for the great variety of suggestions everyone! We ended up at Pann's and it was exactly what my parents were craving since they just landed from Italy and wanted some good old American comfort food. I was a little apprehensive when we pulled up but the food and service more than made up for the aesthetics:) Thanks again:)

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        New Trial Jun 2, 2009 11:00 PM

        I;ll add Chalet Edelweiss and the Farm Stand to the mix. Or, if they would prefer steaks and chops, there are Fleming's and Shula's 347 close to hand.

        Farm Stand
        422 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

        Shula's 347
        6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
        2301 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

        Chalet Edelweiss
        8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

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          decembergirl Jun 2, 2009 06:44 PM

          Second City Bistro in El Segundo is a nice place for dinner. Nice salads and the Tomato Basil Gorgonzola soup is delicious. I love dipping the warm rolls in the soup.


          1. Servorg Jun 2, 2009 05:23 PM

            One other thought since you will be dining early (important since they don't take reservations) would be Houston's in Manhattan Beach. Nice interior space and quite good food with enough choices so that both you and your parents should be able to find something you like.

            Houston's Restaurant
            1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

            1. westsidegal Jun 2, 2009 03:52 PM

              in what direction will you be heading after dinner?

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              1. re: westsidegal
                laytonj1 Jun 2, 2009 04:05 PM

                Heading to Glendora... 105 East, 605 North, 210 East...

                1. re: westsidegal
                  DiveFan Jun 2, 2009 04:23 PM

                  Ahhh. To avoid a little (!) traffic later La Huasteca in Lynwood is on your route. Wandering around Plaza Mexico afterwords would burn up some time. The Dal Rae in Pico Rivera is old school American food. Both places are a little upscale, if that's OK.

                  La Huasteca
                  3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

                  Dal Rae
                  9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                  1. re: DiveFan
                    Servorg Jun 2, 2009 04:33 PM

                    We like the Dal Rae both for the old school vibe and the food which is pretty good. The only downside in this instance is that, since the OP said that they are looking to go somewhere and avoid traffic for awhile, it's at least 30 miles from LAX to the Dal, which would seem to be in opposition to the "bypass rush hour traffic" idea.

                    1. re: DiveFan
                      DiveFan Jun 2, 2009 05:10 PM

                      We should ask the OP what time her pick up at LAX is.
                      I assumed :\ that it would be early to mid afternoon. For later times you're right, just camp out near LAX.

                  2. DiveFan Jun 2, 2009 03:19 PM

                    Welcome to Chowhound!

                    If you are heading south, I'd give Havana Mania a try for Cuban food. Aliki's Taverna right near LAX is good for Greek.

                    Some other ideas:
                    El Segundo/LAX - http://www.chow.com/lists/87
                    Gardena/Lawndale - http://www.chow.com/lists/71
                    Carson to Long Beach - http://www.chow.com/lists/153

                    Aliki's Greek Taverna
                    5862 Arbor Vitae St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                    Havana Mania
                    3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                    1. Servorg Jun 2, 2009 02:28 PM

                      Pann's or Truxton's American Bistro would probably both work from your description of your parents.

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

                      Truxton's American Bistro
                      8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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