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Hey, thanks in advance for any help, Chowhounds! My best friend is flying into LAX for a few hours this Monday, before she and her husband fly out to Asia and Europe for 4 months. They're not from LA, and would like one last American food dinner before they head out! What is good near LAX? I live in the Valley so I don't get down there much. Not fast food, more of a sit down restaurant, but not too pricey either, they're on a budget! Any ideas??? Thanks!

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  1. Pann's for the chicken, (I love the wings) or the stuffed chicken. Great all American googie architecture too.

    Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Link: http://www.panns.com/

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    1. re: WLA

      Exactly! LAX, American, inexpensive = Pann's!

      1. re: JB

        LAX, American, inexpensive, DELICIOUS = Pann's!

        In my opinion, of course...but it's where I'd want to go under those circumstances. And probably the first place when I got back.

    2. You can actually get a good meal without leaving LAX at Atmosphere, the space-age restaurant in the middle of the Jetson's-like dome at LAX. It's actually really good, and quite fun.

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      1. re: Aparna
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        rabo encendido

        I thought the LAX place was called ENCOUNTER.

        So-so food that's a little overpriced, but the place is kind of fun. Great views of roaring planes in a Jetson's-on-acid setting.

        Encounter Restaurant
        (310) 215-5151
        201 World Way
        Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Website, complete with ultra-cheese James Bond lounge music, linked below.

        Link: http://www.encounterrestaurant.com/

      2. For "American" food I suggest Houston's in Manhattan Beach on Rosecrans (a 10-minute drive from the airport). The "Jetson's" Restaurant at the airport is pricey and the mediocre food is not worth the price (although it is a fun place to have a drink while waiting between flights).

        1. not sure how good it is, but the buggy whip is definitely traditional american food.

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          1. re: Baby Ruth

            buggy whip is not very good and is pricey. . .

            1. re: Baby Ruth

              Out dated about 50 years. But prices are from 2020.

            2. they have a daily grille i the tom bradley (international) terminal. it's not very fun to stay at the airport - but that is solid american food at reasonable prices.

              and i know you said no fast food - but i would love to have an in-&-out burger before i went to asia for a while. it's really hard to get a tasty american burger in that part of teh world (mcdonald's/burger king - yes . . . but i said tasty).

              or - you could go to M&M's on century (i think) - that is soul food and could satisfy the american craving - potatoes, chicken, gravy, etc.

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              1. re: dtud

                The M&M's by LAX is just down the hill from Pann's on Centinela.

                M&M's Soul Food
                5496 Centinela Ave.
                Los Angeles, CA 90045
                310 215-8186

                1. re: dtud

                  The one time I ate at the Daily Grill at the Tom Bradley terminal, I got a chicken burger. The chicken burger at any other Daily Grill is reliably good-but-not-excellent, but the waiter warned me that here it was different in some way that I forget. Anyway, it was really bad. For all I know the rest of the food is good, but that was my experience. That mezzanine level of the Bradley terminal is a cool place to hang out, though. There's an okay, very basic Japanese place there too.

                  1. re: joe

                    I really like the Daily Grill in the Bradley terminal. After three months in Cambodia or whatever, there is nothing better than a big BLT and a glass of properly made iced tea to bring you back home. And you never have to worry about missing your flight.

                    1. re: condiment

                      From the slow service I have experienced at Daily Grill I'd say there is a good chance one would miss a flight. I consider DG overpriced also.

                      1. re: JR

                        Overpriced? Perhaps. It's an airport restaurant. Although I haven't noticed much difference between its prices and the prices at the other Daily Grills, which I also enjoy.

                        As far as the restaurant being slow: you have got to be explicit about the time you need to leave to catch a flight or whatever, and the waitresses tend to ask about that sort of thing when you sit down. It is annoying when one is in a hurry to leave and the check is nowhere to be found...

                  2. re: dtud

                    I have spent time in Asia and I agree,
                    there is nothing like an In & Out burger
                    when you are off to a country that
                    does not offer this.
                    I made the same suggestion

                  3. Depends on time.
                    With some time,
                    I'd say Manhattan Beach Brewing Company
                    124 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,
                    Manhattan Beach
                    310-798-2744
                    Simple place, great beers brewed in situ, bar snax and full meals, excellent burgers, salads and while I havent' been in a while, my fave was the "armadillo eggs," Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese, dipped in corn batter (oval shaped) and then deep-fried - when you bit in, the cheese flows out like egg yolk, and they're delicious. Simple grilled things, and nice lively setting. After dinner, nice walk along the Manhattan Beach pier, back to the car, and off at LAX (at most 10-15 minutes away).

                    Less time, In & Out burger at Lincoln and Sepulveda right near LAX.

                    1. I heartly second Pann's.

                      The Country Fried Steak with Mashed potatos is amazing.

                      OR for Breakfast the Country Fried Steak with eggs.

                      1. If you have the time go to Aunt Kizzy's. I ate at Pann's (breakfast) and Aunt Kizzy's (Late lunch) last Sunday. It took me less than 15 min (more like 10 min)to drive past the airport (via Lincoln Blvd) after leaving Aunt Kizzy's. Check out Mapquest .com using Aunt Kizzy's address for a map. Call to be sure any rec is open. Pann's is only a little closer. See the map for both.

                        Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch (Pecan Pie, fried chicken, smothered steak, chicken and dumplings )
                        4325 Glencoe Ave
                        Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6444
                        (310) 578-1005
                        Cross Maxella, From Lincoln take Maxella North to Glencoe then Right.

                        Pann’s (Must Try Soup, Split Pea, Meatloaf, Fried chicken, Rosemary Chicken, Stuffed chicken, Country Fried Steak, Fish & Chips, Every night a different Blue Plate Special – Lasagna, Pot Roast, Fried Chicken, Pot Roast, Ribs and Turkey )
                        6710 La Tijera Blvd.
                        LA, CA 90045
                        (310) 670-1441 (323) 776-3770
                        From 405 Fry go North on La Tijera
                        Home page, http://www.panns.com/
                        Catering, http://www.panns.com/catering.htm

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                        1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                          Wow...did you get the Sunday brunch @ Aunt Kizzys...that's a HUGE 2 meals....I went to Pann's last saturday....the wings and waffles were good....didn't "blow" me out of the water...but I don't think Fried Chicken is supposed to be a breakfast food.

                          1. re: Xericx

                            We went to Pann’s to have an omelet (I am on a diet). BUT, we sat at the counter right in front of the cooks. Every breakfast being taken to the tables was walked right past me. My diet died right there. Most people were eating Fried Chicken wings with either eggs or a waffle. I could not make up my mind so I ordered the Wings w/ eggs and a waffle on the side. I agree with you as the waffle was good but “...didn't ‘blow’ me out of the water...” either. I did like the Fried Chicken but I think Roscoe’s has much better waffles, syrup and fried Chicken. To me Roscoe’s makes a great breakfast that is good anytime. As for Pann’s this was the first time I had eggs with chicken. I like fried chicken anytime but not with eggs – no. my wife ordered a Spinach omelet and added tomato, onion and bell pepper. She said it was the best omelet she ever ate. We both agreed that the breakfast potatoes were very good. We also ordered two Split Pea soups to go and that started a chain reaction down the counter as three more people order the same. Later that day I tried to talk my wife into a Po’Boy at Uncle Darrow’s (I had the address from your rec last week) but she won’t eat fish. So my diet died again and as I “Had” to stop at Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch to buy some Fried Chicken (she saw my wings at Pann’s) to have with our soup at home. That was a great combo for the game. The split pea is a winner.

                            What do you think? You should know because you live near LAX. Can Brooke pick up her best friend from LAX then drive down Lincoln Blvd. to Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in Marina del Rey, grind some good food, then go around the corner to Uncle Darrow’s and let her friend grab a Po’Boy fo to grandz on da jet and get back to LAX in a “few hours?” I think it can be done in less than two hours. Maybe 90 min. Also, Marina del Rey is a very nice place to be before leaving the USA. Pann’s, I gotta think about that.

                            Now you got me hungry fo dat Po’Boy down Uncle Darrow’s. Since I am by my self I think I go today. Maybe I pick up some pecan pie at Aunt Kizzy’s. Lataz. K?

                            Uncle Darrow's (Shrimp, Oyster Po’Boy - request grilled fish to be healthier) Rec by Xericx
                            2560 S Lincoln Blvd
                            Marina del Rey, CA 90291
                            (310) 306-4862
                            Cross Street: Washington Boulevard

                            Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch (Pecan Pie, fried chicken, smothered steak, chicken and dumplings )
                            4325 Glencoe Ave
                            Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6444
                            (310) 578-1005
                            Cross Maxella, From Lincoln take Maxella North to Glencoe then Right.

                            Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles
                            5006 W Pico Blvd
                            Los Angeles, CA 90019-4126
                            (323) 934-4405

                            Roscoes Chicken & Waffles
                            250 N Central Ave
                            Compton, CA 90220
                            Phone (310) 885-5401

                            Roscoes House Chicken & Waffles
                            1514 North Gower Street
                            Los Angeles, CA 90028
                            (323) 466-7453

                            Pann’s (Must Try Soup, Split Pea, Meatloaf, Fried chicken, Rosemary Chicken, Stuffed chicken, Country Fried Steak, Fish & Chips, Every night a different Blue Plate Special – Lasagna, Pot Roast, Fried Chicken, Pot Roast, Ribs and Turkey )
                            6710 La Tijera Blvd.
                            LA, CA 90045
                            (310) 670-1441 (323) 776-3770
                            From 405 Fry go North on La Tijera
                            Home page, http://www.panns.com/
                            Catering, http

                            1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                              Yeah...Uncle Darrow's is in a non-descript Mini-mall....not really "Marina del Rey"....more like MDR-adjacent. They do a good Po-Boy...it does take a little while to make since they do make it fresh.

                              Aunt Kizzys is a little inconsistent at times depending on how long the food is out under the hot lamps. I like their Meatloaf with Red Sauce though...that's what I get 90% of the time I do go there.

                              1. re: Xericx

                                I ate at Uncle Darrow's today. A great shrimp Po’Boy. I ate half there and the other half cold for dinner. That sandwich is just as good cold as it is hot – maybe even better. Next time I will try the Oyster and Shrimp Po’Boy. I also bought a Turkey Po’Boy for my wife for dinner. She was not as happy as I was. I noticed they have a vegie Po’Boy. I stopped at Aunt Kizzy's first to buy some pie. My notes were wrong. It was Sweet Potato Pie – Not Pecan. I got some peach cobbler. Once I got to Uncle Darrow’s I saw they also have "Peachy Cobbler" and it looked great. In a nut shell – Thanks for the rec. I will return to Uncle Darrow's again and again. Maybe for breakfast on Sat / Sun. And maybe the Jumbalaya or that Voo Doo Supper.

                                It took me 13 min. to drive to Marina del Rey from LAX. Altogether with the two stops, eating and driving back past LAX it took me 1 hour and 26 min. Therefore, I think Marina del Rey is a far better eating spot than Pans for LAX Hounds. I would Re-post seeking something in Marina del Rey – maybe on the water. But I would still stop at Uncle Darrow's for a in -flight bite.

                                Uncle Darrow's (Shrimp, Oyster Po’Boy - request grilled fish to be healthier) Xericx
                                2560 S Lincoln Blvd
                                Marina del Rey, CA 90291
                                (310) 306-4862
                                Cross Street: Washington Boulevard

                                Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch (Sweet Potato Pie , fried chicken, smothered steak, chicken and dumplings )
                                4325 Glencoe Ave
                                Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6444
                                (310) 578-1005
                                Cross Maxella, From Lincoln take Maxella North to Glencoe then Right.

                          2. Taking the broader view of "American," I'd suggest Mexican -- it's the food I and most people I know miss most when out of the States for a while (and it's almost impossible to find abroad).

                            I don't have any particular reccomendations near LAX (though there are a few places on Lincoln in Venice, including La Playita) -- surely others do.

                            1. For relatively cheap, I'd second, third, etc Pann's.

                              For not so cheap, I'd recommend Second City Bistro in El Segundo. Excellent going away meal.

                              1. sorry you said no fast food, but
                                IN & OUT truly is the all American meal
                                that you can not get anywhere else.

                                If weather permits, you can take your order
                                across the street, sit on the grass and watch
                                the planes come in.

                                happy eating!

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                                1. re: j
                                  t
                                  torta basilica

                                  I always want my In N Out on the way back home, not leaving. I start dreaming of that burger & fries about 2 weeks into any trip - and I rarely think of it when home (unless severely hungover!) I agree, though - what's more American than In N Out?

                                  1. re: j

                                    After living in Europe for 15+ years now...I agree with IN and OUT Burgers as being one of the last great American Meals a person should have! ;)

                                  2. Thanks so much for all the recs! We've got a handful to choose from, but it sounds like Pann's is the front-runner....