Is Cube worth a last minute dash?
I am getting into LA Saturday night at 6:45. Assuming the gods are with me and there are no delays, I hope to be able to get out of the airport and grab a rental car in about an hour. Is it worth it to make a mad dash over to Cube to enjoy some good cheese? I am only in town for two nights, and discovered they are closed on Sundays.
The reason why I was thinking about Cube is that a)they have a huge selection, and b)it's casual and not too overdone with the wines and stuff. I am far more about the cheese than the wine. Then again, to be honest I just can't quite figure out the scale and layout of LA - every time I estimate driving times and distances I am either way under or way over, never about right.
I am willing to try someplace else if they have a decent selection, aren't too fancy (I will be coming in on a LOOOONG transcon flight) and also maybe have a few other interesting small dishes. I am not too crazy on the valet parking thing, so I guess I have to mention parking, too.
I dont need to be there in an hour, it will just be likely an hour after my flight lands that I will be able to start making my way over there, so say someplace I can reach if I leave the airport at say 7:45.
Well-where are you staying? Especially if you are flying across time zones, maybe you want to choose a restaurant in the same direction as where you are ending up for the night. It is increasingly difficult to park near LA restaurants (except those located in or near shopping centers) since more and more neighborhoods are permit-parking-only after 6. Others have suggested stopping in Culver City--which has parking lots, lots of restaurant choices and is closer to the airport.
i second dommy,
CUBE is not really doable.
if i were in your shoes and wanted a cheese plate, i'd drive from LAX to marina del rey and have a cheese plate at the bar at CAFE DEL REY.
they will be open
the food will be good
the drive is easy; the marina is very close to LAX
the restaurant is pretty
your car and luggage will be safe in an ATTENDED parking lot.
if you want wine with your cheese they have a good wine-by-the-glass list (including a Justin cabernet the last time i was there)
(this place is on my regular rotation and i am a big fan of the place)
I ADORE cube... but it's not doable in an hour from LAX. Places with Cheese plates that are closer by are Paul Martin's Bistro and Second City Bistro. Solid plates, but nothing as unique as Cube...
Second City Bistro
223 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245
mm--there are closer restaurants and I have no idea how long it takes to rent a car in LA, but I live near Cube and it is 20-25 minutes to LAX depending on traffic--which should be relatively light on Saturday night. If you take surface streets and avoid freeways, it is a pretty direct route up to La Brea.