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Oct 28, 2009 10:01 AM

Monday dinner near LAX?

My wife and I have a six hour stopover at LAX on a Monday evening next month. Friends are coming to pick us up for dinner during a three-hour window we have to go outside the airport for a good meal. What's really good, but not too far away from LAX, where we can chow down prior to a 15-hour overseas flight?

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    1. Three hours isn't much time if that window is between touchdown and departure, but I'll leave you to worry about that. If it strikes your mood, there is a really good, unassuming Thai place very near the airport, Ayara Thai.
      It is tucked away on 87th St, off Truxton, between La Tijera and Manchester, about a block east of Sepulveda.

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      1. re: Capybara

        it sounds like they have 6 hrs from touchdown till departure so 3hrs out of lax is definitely enough time to scramble back for an int'l flight.

        that being said, ayara and truxton are both good choices. however, stay away from the boat noodles at ayara, it's simply atrocious.

        to the OP, is there any specific type of cuisine you are looking for?

        1. re: wilafur

          "that being said, ayara and truxton are both good choices."

          I am pretty sure that Capybara was not recommending Truxton's American Bistro, but rather just naming the street...but as you so charmingly hit upon it, that would be another good choice right around the corner from Ayara.

          1. re: wilafur

            Thanks for the suggestions. We DO have a 6 1/4 hour window between flights, which makes going out of LAX for three hours for dinner quite doable. As for cuisines, we are coming from southern Illinois, the home of fried chicken and good BBQ. We miss really good Mexican, pizza, Italian. We are headed off to Asia, so we've got seafood and Chinese well covered. Any thoughts?

            1. re: dochoch

              I'm still a little unclear as to whether this means you have 3 hours total to drive somewhere and eat or if you have 3 hours to eat, plus however long it takes to drive somewhere and back. for Mexican, Mariscos Chente is awesome and close by. I'll reiterate my Gjelina suggestion if you have 3 hours to eat plus travel time. Southern California produce is incredible and the do a great job showcasing. Also close by in Venice is Ado for Italian, which is definitely doable if you have the 3 hours plus travel time.

              Mariscos Chente
              4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

              1600 E Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

        2. I'd definitely vote Gjelina. Here's a link to the site and my review of a meal there with friends who had a layover at LAX:

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            although the food at gjelina is superb, i certainly would NOT try gjelina with the time constraints that dochoch mapped out. gjelina, imho, is simply too far away, and lincoln blvd often has traffic problems.

            1. re: westsidegal

              we actually did it within a similar window of time (6:30-9:00pm), but we did have to rush a bit at the end of the meal. it's hard for me to tell from the OP's post whether they have a three hour window for the meal itself or if that includes travel time. if the three hours includes travel time, then i think you're right that it's cutting it too close and it's best to stay right in the immediate vicinity of LAX given the unpredictability of traffic.

          2. i would absolutely go to cafe del rey in marina del rey.


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            1. re: westsidegal

              Went to cafe del rey with my family (see dinner near LAX with out of towners previously sited.

              It was a wonderful meal, a had a good range for my entire party. Thank you westsidegal for the original recommendation, and though I was warned about traffic getting there etc, it was very easy and fast. And though I do not recall exactly how long our meal took, I feel like it would be doable in the 3 hours window.

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

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