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LAX: 4 adults, 5 kids, 3 hours. . . .

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will be at lax for a layover.

i know there are a lot of food near lax inquries on the board - and i've read them. but i haven't been to a lot of the places (cafe del rey, cozymels, casa sanchez, panns, panchos, etc.).

i'm particularly interested in kid-friendly near lax. they are very good kids - but it would be great if there was somewhere that they could get some energy out before the next leg of the plane ride.

i'm thinking venice beach or the marina - maybe a little running around after dinner? please - not c&o or 26 beach. any other ideas?

oh - and any cuisine, any price ok.

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  1. So you are picking them up and delivering them back to catch their next flight? If they really get a full 3 hours then the Marina might work out for you depending on the service. It could be tight though. For walking around afterward the Marina is your best bet. What about the perennial Cafe Del Rey?

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    Cafe Del Rey
    4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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    1. re: Servorg

      respectfully disagree with Servorg on this one.

      i would not recommend fine-dining-white table cloth-good wine list-quiet-date/business dinner type restaurants, like cafe del rey, for kids to 'get their energy out before the next leg.' this is especially true if you have 5 kids together and the kids outnumber the adults. . . .

      also, don't see the cal-asian fusion menu with $10 salads and $30 entrees being terrific for a party with 5 kids.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Just a few things about the recommendation. CdR is in the midst of one of the biggest tourist areas in Los Angeles and they get a lot of families eating there in the summer. It's never struck me as a hushed temple of higher dining.

        The restaurant has/had a kids menu in the past and, since dtud said nothing about price restrictions for the adults, the cost of the food really wasn't something I was concerned about.

        As to the kids burning off energy. The marina walkway around the boats is a great place for the kids to burn off extra energy. I didn't think dtud meant that they planned on letting them burn it off by running through the restaurant itself (unless I'm missing something?).

        1. re: Servorg

          the last 8 times i've been to Cafe del Rey, the only times that kids have been there have been during the Sunday brunch service.

          i'm at Cafe del Rey weekly. say 'hi' to me the next time you're there.

          1. re: westsidegal

            We tend to go early for mid week dinner (there by 6:30 normally) and both times we had dinner there this summer we saw at least a couple of families with small children eating at the same time. I figured they might have walked over from the Ritz Carlton while on vacation, but I can't say for sure.

            1. re: Servorg

              if you're there early mid-week, you can often find me at the bar taking advantage of their terrific happy hour offerings.
              (in particular, their house sparkling wine is offered at happy hour for $6 a glass, no other wine deal in town beats this one imho. they also offer many other wines at $6/glass in the bar area at happy hour as well as real/good food specials cooked in their kitchen--not the reheated institutional drek that some other, lesser, restaurants serve for happy hour)

          2. re: Servorg

            servog - you are correct. i was hoping the kids could run around outdoors after dinner.

      2. maybe antica pizzaria?
        #1) it is on the second level of an outdoor shopping mall, so there are places where the kids can actually run around and make noise.
        #2) it serves italien food so the likelihood is that there is something on the menu that would appeal to every member of the party
        #3) the italien food they serve is actually GOOD food, the pizzas are terrific (neopolitatan-style, very thn crust) made with top-flight ingredients (flour actually imported from italy, good quality olive oil, etc). i've never had a bad dish there
        #4) it is not too formal.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          thanks. i forgot about this place - it's on the list.

        2. Has anyone been to Aunt Kizzy's since they moved to the strip mall on Washington where Killer Shrimp used to be?

          Is that space big enough? How's the food these days?

          1. um....is three hours your TOTAL layover, or the time you expect to spend at Marina del Rey? Not to be a killjoy, but I have found the security and changing planes at LAX to be VERY time consuming. If three hours is your total I would NOT leave the airport. Not too long ago it took me a good 2 hours just to get from one flight to another..and I did NOT have to go through security again. Catching the second plane involved taking a bus across the tarmac, and there was a thirty minute wait for the bus. Then it finally showed and there were too many people..and they wouldn't let us stand. So we had to wait for ANOTHER bus. And then we had to walk a long way once we got to the second terminal.......

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            1. re: janetofreno

              we have 3 solid hours. i think we have 5 hours total.

            2. It's tough to mobilize your herd, given your numbers. With 3 hrs., you're safer with In-N-Out by LAX.