LAX or Nearby?
Have a five hour lay over at Los Angeles airport ---Any suggestions for decent airport eating or something nearby?
logistically, i doubt that walking over would work out; especially
1) if the security people see you doing this
2) if you are carrying any luggage
i 'n' out burger is not really on the north end of the airport. it is OUT of the airport, on the north side
i can't comment on the burger, but i find the shakes at in 'n' out to be uninspiring, same with the fries.
i know the place is a board favorite, but there is far from unanimity about their offerings.
Why would it matter, "if the security people see you doing this"? Walk out of the airport, eat, go back through security, pretty simple logistically. Also, I would assume that since he/she is on a layover all bags are checked besides a carry on. It's a pretty easy walk from the terminals, especially with 5 hours to kill. It's an opportunity to stretch the legs and eat a great burger. Better than anything else served up in the terminals!
You didn't mention what you were looking for or the time of day. A 10 minute cab ride could bring you to the Marina area. Cafe del Rey is a very reliable lunch or dinner and is my go to place for taking out of towners. Very California.
Right in the airport is the Encounter an interesting restaurant with a great view of the planes coming and going. Not sure of the food as I've never sampled.
LAX is not that far out of LA. Depending on the time of day vis a vis traffic, 30-40 minutes each way would easily get you to most Westside, Santa Monica or even downtown restaurants--so you have an enormous number of choices. All bets are off though if you leave or return to the airport between 4 and 6:30 pm. And, you would probably want to arrange your return taxi in advance.