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where2now Dec 15, 2009 06:09 AM

Hi, Family of 3 adults and one 18 year old heading to LA to see the BCS game in Pasadena. We will be arriving a couple of days before the game and stay in LA at the Westin LAX Airport Hotel. I would love any suggestions, advice, thoughts on what we can do while we are there, for a day and a half. Want nice restaurants, sites, and anything you can think of to help us enjoy the stay more. The day of the game 7th we will be bused over to Pasadena, so I don't think we will have too much time there, but if you have a suggestion for there that would be nice to have just in case we have extra time. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

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    overresearched Dec 15, 2009 06:36 AM

    You need to narrow down your question. LA is huge. Here's some things to include:

    1. Will you have a car?
    2. Do you want tourista or stuff you don't have at home.
    3. What kinds of food do you like?
    4. Are you on a budget or can splurge?

    Remember, search the board first and then ask specific questions later.

    The moderators will probably want you to limit yourself to food related questions. But if you like musuems, I'd check the websites of the majors to see if the following are open and if you like what's showing (Peterson Automotive, Norton Simon, Huntington, Getty, and LACMA).

    1. The Chowhound Team Dec 15, 2009 07:36 AM

      Oversearch is correct; please help where2now with assistance in finding great chow during their visit; all other assistance is off-topic.

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        mc michael Dec 15, 2009 12:30 PM

        Assuming you will have a car, you will want to search Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey and Culver City for places to eat. The airport area itself is pretty devoid of good eats other than an In N Out and a pretty good diner, Pann's. If you don't have a car, your choices will be limited or you will spend a lot on cabs. As for the day of the game, it will be a mad house in Pasadena with BCS coming on the heels of the Rose Bowl game. I'd recommend you try to get reservations at either Red White + Bluezz or Vertical (both are in the Old Town area, not far from the Rose Bowl). But then the issue will be how do you travel the mile or so from the game to the restaurants and back to the bus? As I see it, this day of your trip is about football, not food.

        1. wienermobile Dec 15, 2009 12:43 PM

          There is a free trolly from the airport hotels that takes you hourly to Manhattan Beach about 3 miles away. I recommend Petros for upscale greek food and Uncle Bill's Pancakes for breakfast.

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

          Petros Restaurant
          451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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            stevedi Dec 15, 2009 01:34 PM

            I'd go over to Abbot Kinney Blvd. in nearby Venice for eclectic shopping and a multitude of good restaurants. (Check it out on Google). In Pasadena, like everyone else, focus on Old Pasadena for eating and the great Norton Simon Museum.

            1. Emme Dec 15, 2009 08:47 PM

              without knowing whether you have a car, and any other preferences, it's sort of tough to recommend... but here are a few things before you add more info to the mix.

              Pann's for old-fashioned greasy spoonish comfort food, is pretty close.

              I second the suggestions of heading to Abbot Kinney, and eat at Gjelina - somewhat newish and great.

              in Venice, try brunch of lunch at 3 Square.

              in Culver City, there's Akasha, Fraiche, Father's Office (also in Santa Monica)

              in Santa Monica, Bay Cities Deli for lunch, JiRaffe, Melisse, Huckleberry for a nice breakfast or lunch, Anisette (good brunch), The Lobster (if you want seafood and to be on the beach/pier)

              in west LA and Palms areas, Monte Alban for Oaxacan, Mariscos Chente for Mexican Seafood...

              gosh there's so much more depending how far you can and want to travel, and how much you can and want to spend...

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