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Sep 19, 2011 04:12 PM

Helicopter Tour (proposal)

Hi Everyone,

I've been a longtime lurker and sometimes poster to LA Chowhounds. I'm thinking of popping the question to my girlfriend of 15 months. She let it be known (in casual conversation, of course) that she would expect a guy (hint, hint) to spend a little effort on the proposal, so...

Has anyone been on a helicopter tour of LA? I found one place that does dinner/flights to one of three restaurants in the area. Any comments on these restaurants?

Silver Tour* - $299 per person (Proud Bird Restaurant, Los Angeles
)Gold Tour - $299 per person + $125 upgrade per group (Typhoon Restaurant, Santa Monica)
Platinum Tour** - $299 per person + $125 upgrade per group (Nico's Restaurant, Long Beach)

I might be nuts, since I get seasick pretty easily...


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    1. Sorry to interrupt. Just a reminder-- please keep your replies focused on helping the poster find great chow, as off topic replies will be removed. "FIDO" mentions some options, above. Thanks so much!

      1. Do not, under any circumstances dine at The Proud Bird. The food is abominable.

        Proud Bird
        11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        1. My friend arranged this tour for his proposal, and experienced success (she said yes), except it used to be The Hump restaurant instead of Typhoon. This is how it went:

          My friend pretended to take her to The Hump, at the Santa Monica Airport, right off the runway, for a casual dinner. Then he arranged ahead of time for the maitre'd to say "Sorry, we mixed up your reservations. Please have a seat at the bar at Typhoon, our sister restaurant downstairs, and have a drink on us while we sort this out and find a table for you." (The food's actually not bad at Typhoon!) All these hijinks were pre-planned by him, of course.

          Then, the helicopter pilot comes in off the runway and approaches the couple at the bar, and with a serious tone, he says, "(guy) & (gal), could you please come with me?" Thinking they were going upstairs to The Hump, they follow the pilot out. Not to The Hump, but instead to the helipad, where they board the waiting chopper and take off on their nighttime tour of L.A. They land on one of the tallest structures in Downtown L.A., where he pops the question to her with a commanding view of the nighttime L.A. environs. She says yes, and they all fly back to the Santa Monica Airport, where their table is finally ready (ahem).

          4 Replies
          1. re: J.L.

            Much more romantic than the fly-thru window at Wendys!

            1. re: J.L.

              Sounds great! Do you know the name of the helicopter company? And since this is Chowhound, what should we order at Typhoon?


              1. re: FIDO

                FYI, helicopters are no longer allowed to land on buildings in downtown (or anywhere else, outside of the airport they take off from?). New laws for safety?? bummer.

              2. re: J.L.

                J.L.! That is magical...

                FIDO, what a better, more joyous (and funny) way to propose!

                Best to you both from kauma

              3. I've only dined in the bar area of Typhoon, but remember it being quite good. They also had a wonderful ginger martini. I believe I had softshell crabs and some tuna sushi. Agree you should skip the Proud Bird. Good luck.

                Proud Bird
                11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                  It’s been several years since I’ve been there and I used to go regularly. The food is good, kind of Pan-Asian with Thai and Vietnamese and Chinese style dishes. Check out the menu, especially the ‘insect’ section, never had the nerve to try the crickets! They used to Have a spicy shrimp dish in red sauce that was my favorite. I don't see it on the menu now.

                  I will say you won’t be disappointed with anything you order as the food was and hopefully still is good to some dishes being very good. I did feel that the prices were a little too high but I guess that’s the price you pay for a chic spot in an airport.