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Stuck in LA

I'm in LA on business on a day trip and because of poor scheduling i'm now stuck taking the red-eye back to New York. The bad news, I won't be able to put my son to bed. The good news, I have a dinner to eat in LA. But i'll need to be relatively close to the airport. Very open on cuisine, but would love to find something i don't have ready access to or can't finda good version of in NYC.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: albatruffles

      imho, there is not enough special about a fast-food burger. . .
      ground beef served on a white-bread bun can be found everywhere in the country.

      1. re: westsidegal

        true, but it's a good burger... and will be my lunch (forcing the co-workers to go there). not necessarily blow me away better than what we have here in NYC, but it's still a darn good burger.

        1. re: westsidegal

          I find that the buttery bun and then execution of grilling the bun is what makes the burger.

        2. re: albatruffles

          PLEASE do not go to In-N-Out burger - it's awful. Seriously, it's not only not good, it's terrible. I have no idea why native Californians like it, I suspect it's a defective gene or something, but it's embarrassing how bad it is. Overcooked dry meat and limp fries. What a treat.

          1. re: OC Mutt

            >>I have no idea why native Californians like it, I suspect it's a defective gene or something<<

            Wow - talk about xenophobic - I didn't realize that I liked In-N-Out. I suspect that this defective gene runs in many native fill-in-the-blanks as well that have decided to move to or at least visit my home state. Take it easy, bro - no need to slam your hosts.

            1. re: OC Mutt

              uhhh....I'm going to have to disagree.

              1. re: OC Mutt

                Many, many (including me) would disagree with you about this.

                A double-double, animal style, is a So Cal treat IMO.

                As for the fries, I do agree they can be limp, so it's recommended to order them extra-crispy.

                1. re: mikester

                  I also must emphatically disagree. In-N-Out is the best fast-food burger I've ever had anywhere. It's right up there with the soda-shop burgers of my youth, when they hand-formed patties and cooked them on the flat grill. The only reason I don't eat them more often is that ungodly long line at every one I drive past.

              2. re: albatruffles

                So who else sides with In-N-Out? They yays are in good company:

                http://www.esquire.com/the-side/featu...

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I think In N Out is the best fast food burger. But I rarely eat fast food. Though I kind of have to be in the mood for In N Out, and sometimes, I just prefer Carl's Jr. Love me some bacon.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    In-N-Out is the best fast food burger. People who don't get that must have a "a defective gene or something" and the fries grow on you.

                    1. re: PurpleTeeth

                      the whole world has street food that's great. We're stuck with corporate institutions serving up as low a quality of food as they can get away with. In N Out might be the best of those but it still doesn't taste like food to me. What's defective is a culture where suddenly the best of the worst deserves praise.

                      1. re: epop

                        In N Out is not corporate. They are a privately owned chain. They use only fresh stuff never frozen. It's a different style of burger then a steakhouse but IMHO really good. I am pretty picky about quality of food as well. If you can see what is good and special about the burger well that's your loss but please don't lump them in with all the other fast food joints.
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-N-Out...

                        1. re: PurpleTeeth

                          Jumping on the pro In-N-Out bandwagon, I think they really do have the best fast food burgers in town. Also, when I'm not feeling the meat, I get a grilled cheese with extra grilled onions, tomato, lettuce and extra thousand island. Two things that suck, though-THE FRIES!!! I just can't seem to like them! I still order them, but cover them in ketchup. Also, my local franchise is Sunset/Orange, and there is ALWAYS a huge line-sometimes I just give up.

                          1. re: schrutefarms

                            Try them well-done. Or if you're able to get them to execute properly, the holy grail is lightly well-done IMHO.

                            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                              Just found the whole "secret menu" online, and it turns out they offer fries "animal style". That might be worth checking out.

                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                They're very good and a meal all by themselves.

                          2. re: PurpleTeeth

                            Precisely, Purpleteeth. I couldn't have put it better myself. If you can see what is good at In N Out then it is your loss. Funny.

                            1. re: epop

                              I lose because I get to eat a yummy burger?

                  2. 26 Beach Restaurant in Marina Del Rey / Venice Lincoln & Washington. www.26beach.com

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                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      you think a NYer can't get good burgers & salads at home??

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        I was thinking along the lines of a good coke or ice tea. Dude, some of the burgers are very unique, The Bombay, The Billy, PB&J, The Caeser, I Love the Veggie as are some salads or french toasts. Just trying to show some love. Instead of hating why don't you recommend.

                    2. DOn't know if you have time for this, but NYC food critic put Fraiche on the map It is in culver city, a few miles from LAX. Could be 30 min in traffic tho. Fantastic charcuterie, pastas, seafood, great wine list, more. THey have a nice happy hour.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Second this. It would be unusual to find anything like this in NYC.

                          Also, a reasonable drive from LAX is Mariscos Chente, on Centinela one block north of Culver. Unbelievably good, fresh, well-prepared Mexican seafood. Any shrimp dish or the pescado zarandeado, get a beer or two, kick back. There is noplace like it in NYC, because you can't get the Mexican fish (as in, bought in the harbour at Mazatlán and brought to the restaurant) in NYC.

                          Between the two I'd go to Chente, hands-down... but if a custom burger and a beer is more your thing, go for it.

                        2. also Teresa's Mosaic Cafe in El Segundo Home made tortillas. Good mexican food minutes away on Sepulveda Blvd..