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May 11, 2010 02:06 PM

Solo early dinner between Beverly Hills and LAX?

I have a meeting in Beverly Hills (near Linden & Wilshire) tomorrow afternoon that should finish up by 5:15 or so. My flight doesn't leave until 8 p.m. out of LAX. Any suggestions for a good place between my meeting place in Beverly Hills and LAX for a nice fairly quick solo dinner? I like any kind of food, but would prefer something on the inexpensive side, with entrees under $20. Is there anything new in Culver City that might be appropriate (was thinking to combine with a trip to Surfas)?



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  1. Bottlerock is a cool wine bar that serves small plates & has an actual rush hour and dinner menu with reasonable prices.

    1. I think time will be your biggest concern. Traffic will be your main issue in determining how much time you have to eat and where. The traffic in and around Beverly Hills can be pretty atrocious, especially at rush hour. Getting to Surfas will most likely put you on surface streets (no pun intended) the whole way. Getting from Surfas to LAX can be pretty bad as well - I'd probably take La Cienega south all the way to Century or to the car rental place if that's the case.

      If your meeting ends around 5:15-5:30, you'll probably pull into Surfas around 5:35-5:50 - you have a little more than two hours to shop, get to the airport, check in and fly out at 8PM. I just checked out Surfas's website and they close at 6PM Mon-Sat, and 5PM on Sundays. If you're set on going to Surfas, the meeting will have to end sooner, or you'll have to pick an alternate time to hit Surfas during your stay. If for some reason you can get there earlier, the cafe at Surfas is good, but they close at 5PM Mon-Sat, and 4:30 on Sundays.

      If your trip to Surfas is nixed, then you still have to get to LAX some time between the end of your meeting and your check-in time 7-7:30? I'd guess getting from Beverly Hills to LAX during rush hour will be at least 40 minutes. Add more time if you're dropping off a rental and hopping on their shuttle to LAX. You may end up with about 30-60 minutes for a meal if I had to guess. I hate to paint a grim picture, but is a sit-down meal in the picture?

      5 Replies
      1. re: bulavinaka

        I would go to Pann"s.

        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        1. re: wienermobile

          I think given an hour at the most to eat a meal, that would probably be the best alternative - and worthy one. Great rec, wienermobile!

        2. re: bulavinaka

          You're right. I think I was being too ambitious. I'm going to go to Surfas before the meeting, and just focus on grabbing dinner somewhere other than at the airport itself. I'm starting to think the best thing might be to eat in Beverly Hills, maybe somewhere on Beverly south of Wilshire, and then I won't have to stress out about making the flight. Thanks for the dose of reality!

          1. re: farmersdaughter

            if stressing out before the flight is an issue,
            eat CLOSER to the airport, so the traffic wild card would not play into things. . .

            1. re: farmersdaughter

              Eating somewhere close by your meeting place would probably be a better use of your time. By the time you finish your meal, traffic might be better as well. But just another dose - you're still pretty far from LAX. I would be on the road to LAX no later than 6:20, assuming you have a 7PM check-in, and sooner if you're renting a car.

              Another strategy would be as wienermobile mentioned. Pann's is a coffee shop - one with very respectable food, very reasonable prices, good friendly service and 50s googie architecture (mid-century modern gone Jetsons!) that is very rare nowadays. It's directly on your way from Beverly Hills to LAX (at the intersection of La Cienega, La Tijera and Centinela - kind a of a weird intersection). Pann's would put you within 10-15 minutes from LAX. Once arriving at Pann's, you could decide how much time you have to eat, and order accordingly. They're nothing fancy - just kinda fun, casual and some solid food choices.

              Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
              6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          2. practically adjoining the airport, another choice would be