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Lunch near LAX on Saturday

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cbcb Jul 7, 2010 02:57 PM

Hi - we arrive at LAX at 12:30 in the afternoon and we'll be starving (coming from BOS)...have to drive to Santa Barbara but definitely want to have lunch before we get there. Casual, good food is what we are looking for...any suggestions?

  1. wienermobile Jul 7, 2010 03:17 PM

    Take a short drive to Venice Beach and try Gjelina. Good food and a great intro to LA.
    http://gjelina.com/

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    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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      cbcb Jul 7, 2010 04:42 PM

      looks fabulous! just checked out the menu. thank you for the suggestion - I truly appreciate it!

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        wienermobile Jul 7, 2010 06:35 PM

        Here is a link for other suggestions in LAX area.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7137...

    2. westsidegal Jul 7, 2010 05:28 PM

      my go-to place if I were in your situation, would be Cafe del Rey in the marina.
      in addition to the better-than-solid food, and the good wine-by-the glass list, they have an attended dedicated parking lot.
      if you want something more casual than white tablecloth dining, eat in the bar area and order off the bar menu.
      if all my luggage was sitting in my car, the last place i'd be interested in parking would be one of the public unattended lots in venice. . . . .

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        Burger Boy Jul 7, 2010 06:12 PM

        Well, if you are going to be in the Marina or Venice you should check out the French Toasts at 26 Beach Restaurant. They also do great salads and award winning hamburgers! They do not have the wine list of Cafe Del Rey but some great food. Enjoy your meal!

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        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

        Cafe Del Rey
        4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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          cbcb Jul 8, 2010 04:48 AM

          Do I need to be worried about my luggage at 26 Beach? westsidegal has me very nervous!! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond - it's been really helpful!

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          26 Beach
          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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            monku Jul 8, 2010 05:29 AM

            If your luggage and valuables are in view anywhere in LA these days you're inviting trouble.
            Don't believe there's valet parking at 26 Beach on Saturday during the lunch hour.

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            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            1. re: monku
              westsidegal Jul 8, 2010 08:20 AM

              at 26 beach, even if there was valet parking, the parking attendants are not stationed within view of the lot nor necessarily within view of the places they park the cars on the street when the lot is full.

              at cafe del rey, the attendants are stationed IN the lot which is in front of the restaurant. when i parked my luggage-filled car there the last time, the attendant parked the car directly in front of his station so that he could have his eyes on the car the whole time i was eating.

        2. monku Jul 8, 2010 06:53 PM

          Surprised no one mentioned Pann's or In-N-Out which are LAX close.

          www.panns.com

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

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            wienermobile Jul 8, 2010 07:11 PM

            Pann's is wonderful. Best patty melt in town.

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

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