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Sep 4, 2009 07:41 AM

Breakfast in/around LAX

I am landing in LAX around 7am, and will have to wait until my girlfriend catches up around 1pm. I rented a car also. Are there any good breakfast spots worth driving to without having to venture too far from the airport? I'd rather not waste gas and rush back to the airport if it's not worth it. I don't mind a good coffeehouse either. Otherwise, should I just stay put at the airport? Thanks!

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    1. re: Servorg

      For some reason the mapquest map that pops up on the Pann's website shows the restaurant way, way farther (east) from LAX than it really is. Follow the google map in this link to find it (maybe 15 minutes from LAX by car).

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

      1. South of the airport in Manhattan Beach (15 min.) is the Kettle, and Uncle Bills. A bit further south in Hermosa Beach( 20 min.) is Ocean Diner, Good Stuff, and Rocky Cola Cafe. Even further South (30 min.) is The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach.

        Ocean Diner
        959 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

        Original Pancake House
        1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

        Uncle Bill's Pancake House
        1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        Rocky Cola Cafe
        1025 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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        1. re: JEN10

          fwiw, in my experiene uncle bills has been far superior to the kettle.
          haven't tried any of the others.

          1. re: westsidegal

            My top 2 choices if you are ever in the area would be Ocean Diner and Original Pancake House.

            1. re: JEN10

              thanks for all the references JEN10!

              1. re: msparksls

                Seems like you have plenty of time, so go enjoy yourself!!! The beach cities are easy to navigate from LAX, Most the places I posted are off of Sepulveda Blvd. and easy to get to. Have a great trip in LA!!!

        2. Let's not forgtet Dinah's. Closest thing we have to a diner. About 2-3 miles south of the Airport on Sepulveda. May I suggest you try their Swedish Pancakes served with lingenberry butter. Very thin, just the right texture with crispy edges. Generous portion too. They are very good. Large menu if you're not in the mood for carbs.

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          1. re: Baron

            if you end up going to dinah's , here are the only items that i would heartily recommend:
            the baked german pancake (and it's little brother dutch baby)
            the baked apple pancake
            the swedish pancakes that baron recommends
            the chile relleno omlette

            1. re: westsidegal

              I have GOT to try that chile relleno omlette.

              1. re: Baron

                you guys are making it tough now =) really appreciate it!

                1. re: Baron

                  I had one at the Dinah's. But it wasn't very good at all... watery and kind of institutional-food tasting, not doing justice to the concept of a chili relleno omelet!

                  1. re: Cinnamon

                    it tastes good to me.
                    i like my sauce to be made with tomatos, not with tomato paste.
                    this will always result in a more watery sauce.
                    also, i like the fact that a deep fat fryer had no role in the making of these omelets. . . .

                    sorry it didn't ring your bell as it does mine.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Maybe it was an off day at Dinah's. I'll try other things there, but this really tasted like someone microwaved eggs, took a pepper out of a can and dumped a can of sweetened stewed tomatoes over it all. (I would *love* to have a good chile relleno omelet made with tomatoes - and certainly not tomato paste.)

                      Is Dinah's food sometimes variable like that? The place was packed (so, one would think, all the people must be going there for a reason), but I distinctly got the impression I must've ordered the proverbial wrong thing!

                      1. re: Cinnamon

                        most likely that dish will never appeal to you.
                        i'd give the baked pancakes (german and apple) a try and i'd give the swedish pancakes a try.
                        none of their other dishes, imho, are as good.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          OK, will go there again and will give the baked pancakes a try. :)

                          (May have to wait till the diet allows a little.. till then it'll be South Beach pancakes at Joni's. I could, however, try some other basic breakfast at Dinah's and prod my dining partner to order the German pancakes... that would be easy, and I could request a sample.)

                          While I wasn't thrilled with what I got at Dinah's (first time there), I am definitely with you on liking Shamshiri, Antica and Mariscos Chente. (Note to O.P., who by now is probably enjoying dinner in L.A. -- those are not 'breakfast' options.)

                          1. re: Cinnamon

                            i have not been pleased with their other basic breakfasts.. . . .

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              Matter of fact, I had an urge for those Swedish pancakes we talk about. So I payed a visit to Dinah's. But they were just ok today. Not like I remember. Next time I'm in the mood for shrimp, I'm going to head on over to Mariscos Chente, your home away from home. The one time I went there, they were closed. You've really spread the word about them. They should give you your own table, or name a dish after you, or something.

                              1. re: Baron

                                now i'm getting scared.
                                the pancakes were 'not as you remember them.'
                                AND cinnamon reports that the omelet was no good.
                                i wonder if there has been a change in the cooks/chefs.
                                i know that the kitchen staff tends to stay there till they die/retire, but now, some of them are probably old enough that they actually MIGHT be dying/retiring.

                                i lost 20 pounds since the days that i was a regular at dinah's. in part, i lost the weight by stopping being a regular at dinah's ( the apple pancake with butter exceeds my daily caloric allowance all by itself).
                                maybe things have fundamentally changed there?
                                oy, oy, oy

                              2. re: westsidegal

                                Oh maybe I'll give the relleno omelet a try again, and still prod the dining partner to get the pancakes. You've had some very good tips on foodie things and I'm increasingly suspicious that it must've been an off day.

                              3. re: Cinnamon

                                it just occurred to me that there might be another, additional, reason the omelet was watery--
                                if you ordered egg whites only, by their nature, the whites are more watery than are whole eggs.
                                at this point in the game i'm used to this since it's been years since i had an omelet made with yolks.. ... .

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  This had yolks too. Dinah's is located in a place that is especially convenient to my commute, so it'll be tempting to try again just out of curiosity.

                                  Lately, Nichol's over by the Marina shopping center where Pavilions is has been really impressing me as a breakfast spot. It's not a bargain exactly but they seem to use pretty high-end ingredients and they don't skimp on them (when a recipe calls for it).

                                  1. re: Cinnamon

                                    in that case, i'll try nichols again.
                                    thanks for the tip.

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      I'll go tp Nichols if they promise to call me "hun" just like back in Jersey.

                                      1. re: Baron

                                        Nichols, unfortunately, isn't a "hun" kind of place but the service is generally very good (and we go very regularly).

                  2. re: Baron

                    >>About 2-3 miles south of the Airport on Sepulveda.<<

                    Go north my friend, go north...

                  3. Go hang with the locals in Manhattan Beach, beautiful spot with great breakfast. Also, very close to the airport.
                    North End Cafe
                    3421 Highland Ave
                    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
                    I see they don't have a website? Here's some Yelp help:

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                    1. re: MahiMahiFish

                      ah,another great suggestion, thanks!