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Jan 8, 2010 08:19 AM

The Proud Bird Near LAX?

I've enjoyed glancing at their vintage aircraft as I drive by but have never stopped for food. Going today for a meeting, not my choice, it's a done deal. My host says that they have a seafood buffet on Fridays that she wants to try, has anyone here had it? The only thing that I was told is that the restaurant owner (he apparently owns the Buggy Whip too) has a wholesale seafood business. Comments welcomed, thanks.

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  1. This is the only review I can remember. Maybe will can elaborate?

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      Never been there except for those Motor Press Guild luncheons, which as I mentioned members pay $25 for; they no longer do any custom plating for us at that price, so the walk-in tariff has probably gone up. Quite adequate salad bar, okay dessert bar, still very good build-your-own tacos, humdrum but edible steam-table "Italian". And while we're talking about fakery, you aviation buffs need to know that every one of those "airplanes" is a product of one movie-prop maker or another. Some are more convincing than others, but they're all painted plastic.

      I agree with HasaLaPasta about the probable affiliation; there's a similar buffet place near the Nashville airport called 105th Airborne. It carries the theme-park thing farther, with WW2 decor and "Now hear this!" messages.

      1. re: Will Owen

        From what I understand most of the planes are not fake. Some are replicas but not all.

        1. re: bllrdfam

          Some are more realistic than others, but another guy and I spent upwards of half an hour trying to find a real one, and none were. The ones that were used in close-up shots are close to full-size and have (fake) rivets and real gaps between the fixed and (supposedly) movable surfaces, but close scrutiny reveals the truth... which among other things is that a real ship would be too heavy for those support pylons.

          1. re: Will Owen

            You are probably right, Will. But the photos you can find on the inside of the restaurant provide a tremendous history of the aviation industry leading up to, through WW II and after, a lot of them showing the local aerospace industry in that area of Los Angeles.

            1. re: Will Owen

              I concur about the planes being fake - its a restaurant, not a museum, and the planes that look the most real (mainly the WW2 fighters) would never be found wasting away outdoors at a restaurant, they'd be in a museum or restored and flying.

              There is, however, an old UH-1 Huey behind the restaurant in the parking lot - well, the main parts of one, sans engine, instruments and a lot of other stuff. But what's there is clearly real.

      2. I ate there once a long time ago... I don't recall the food being particularly good or bad, but the view of the planes landing is terrific. I believe its part of the same ownership as 94th Aerosquadron at the Van Nuys airport, and Shanghai Red's in Marina Del Rey.

        1. My only experience with this restaurant is that it has a great happy hour with lots of free food and a decent brunch. It's best as a place to take arriving or departing passengers at LAX for a drink and a snack. As HastaLaPasta says, it's a great place to watch big planes on final approach. And on the subject of fake, I'm still of the opinion that it's physically impossible for those heavy 747's to fly.