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Advice on where to go near LAX or within between flights?

I have what I describe as a deadly flight schedule overseas coming soon, and when returning I will be flying into LAX before reconnecting back to the east coast. I will be stuck in LAX for almost seven 7 SEVEN sEvEn hours before my connecting flight. :)

I'm wondering where I could go not too far from the airport for a late lunch/early dinner or even sightseeing places w/ indecent eating. Also, would it be easier to get a cab or should I rent a car? Or should I just stay put and wander around the airport? I don't want to get stuck in traffic if I rent a car, nor do I want to get lost.

TIA!

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  1. In-N-Out is within walking distance. Instead of renting a car or calling up a taxi, I would take a bus somewhere nearby. The metro has a free iPhone app, and they have route maps in the airport.

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    1. re: raizans

      1)if you go to Mariscos Chente's/ Coni'Seafood, i recommend that you call first to be sure that sergio is cooking 310-672-2339

      2) for higher end food, with a nice place to stroll around the boat docks after you eat, i'd go to CAFE DEL REY on admiralty in marina del rey. they serve a nice menu in the main dining room, but also, have a bar menu available in the lounge.
      as far as i know, they are still open continuously between lunch and dinner, but i think for some of those hours only the bar menu is available.
      they also have a good wine-by-the-glass list.
      http://cafedelreymarina.com/

      what time of day do you expect to land?
      what day of the week?

      1. Wow, 7 hours. for that amount of time, a nice option would be getting down to the beach. The Manhattan Beach area is about 10 minutes from the airport and is a great area to while away a few hours, epsecially if it's a nice day. Highlights for eating would be MB Post for delicious small plates and excellent cocktails and Petros for very fine Greek food. You can do a search around Manhattan Beach for other options too - there's Japanese fusion, brewhouses, lots of stuff.

        Cabs are easy to get at the airport. Have them take you to Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach - which is a great place to grab a cocktail too, especially if their roof patio is open. Adjacent to the hotel is a nice little outdoor shopping area where Petros is. There's even a good day spa if you're so inclined. The beach, restaurants, shops, and everything else is easy walking distance. When you're ready to head back, you can grab a cab from Shade.

        Have fun!

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        1. re: heinous

          A giant +1 for Manhattan Beach Post. Wonderful small creative plates. One of my favorites in all of Los Angeles. They open 5pm daily for dinner. They do brunch on weekends 10am-1:30pm. Making a reservation is a good idea, but they do keep 40% of their tables for walk-ins. About a 10 minute drive from LAX, Very nice area and if you want to take a walk the M.B. pier and the Pacific Ocean is just one block away.
          http://eatmbpost.com/

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          Manhattan Beach Post
          1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        2. you could hop the $5 Flyaway Westwood shuttle outside of baggage claim, take a bus ride up to the fairly lively UCLA neighborhood, lots of dining, happy hours etc. You won't get lost, as for traffic it depends on the hour and the day of the week, but usually the bus ride is 25 mins each way. Good way to kill some time.

          1. Thanks all. MBP sounds interesting so I may just do that for piece of mind. What about Venice Beach? Are there any unusual dining spots there? While it's not a place I would rush towards, I'm kind of curious about this area.

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            1. re: mushroomaffairs

              Gjelina or the Tasting Kitchen would be two good choices.

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              Tasting Kitchen
              1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

              Gjelina
              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              1. re: mushroomaffairs

                Larry's is good beach/pub fare. Really nice beer and wine selection. Great cali style pizzas I love the Broccoli and guanchale. Awesome foie parfait.. Their i house charcuterie is really nice a while back the did a smoked sturgeon and pork belly terrine :D.

                Good people watching. And you can visit Japanese Knife Imports a couple blocks away to drool over the knives and pottery.

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                Larry's
                24 Windward Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291

                1. re: mushroomaffairs

                  Venice Beach (IMHO) is a destination unto itself. I love it, and think it to be the quintessal spot to take out-of-towners; but it would be for other than food, although I love jody maroni.