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gluten-free vegan at LAX?

lgss Feb 12, 2012 02:46 PM

I realize this is a tall order but we have a short layover on a long trip and will arrive at our destination after most places close. We are limited as to what we can bring or get onboard.

  1. w
    will47 Feb 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Garlic fries at Gordon Biersch? pistachio nuts from a newsstand? Sorry, but you're probably going to have a hard time finding vegan and gluten free food directly in the terminal.

    1. KarenDW Feb 14, 2012 12:33 AM

      Are you able to order special meals and snacks with your airline? I did a 16 hr flight from YVR to Sydney AU with fruit plates, and the gluten-free nut/fruit bars I packed in my purse. Made sure that I ate "real" food before heading to the airport.

      1. Emme Feb 12, 2012 07:27 PM

        do you know what terminal you'll be in? i'm presuming because of the long trip, you'll be in Tom Bradley Int'l. I'd say your best bet there is likely Daily Grill, which has a gluten free menu. They have good sides including steamed veggies, rice, salads with beans, etc.

        There's also Daniel's Bistro and Bar, but I think you'll have less success there. There is also probably a CPK, which at least allows you a chopped salad, sans chicken but with garbanzo beans and veggies.

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        1. re: Emme
          lgss Feb 13, 2012 05:15 PM

          Not the International terminal, I'll have to check to see which one.

          1. re: lgss
            shebop Feb 14, 2012 12:10 AM

            I work in Terminal 5 - you can access the International Terminal without a boarding pass. The most food options are indeed there. When you post what airline you are arriving on I'll be able to give more advice! Also - exactly how long is the layover?

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          lgss Feb 12, 2012 07:12 PM

          Anyone know when and which terminal RFD is going into?

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            coffeebrownies Feb 12, 2012 06:33 PM

            Be aware that the terminals at LAX do not connect beyond the TSA screening and in the domestic terminals all of the restaurants are beyond the TSA screenings (not sure about international--its been a while). So you are limited to either eating in the terminal of your arriving or departing flight or leaving the airport altogether. You wouldn't be able to hop on over to another terminal to eat. Also, in general, food at LAX is far more limited and less exciting than at many other (even smaller) airports.

            1. wienermobile Feb 12, 2012 03:25 PM

              The Veggie Grill a good local vegan chain is a 2 miles taxi ride south of LAX in Plaza El Segundo. They are open till 10pm daily. There is a Whole Foods market and Sammy's Woodfire Pizza (they offer gluten free crusts & Vegan mozzarella cheese ) and are open till 9:30 weekdays and 10:30 on Friday and Saturdays and both in the same shopping center as the Veggie Grill.

              Veggie Grill
              720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

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              1. re: wienermobile
                lgss Feb 12, 2012 07:12 PM

                No time to leave the airport and probably not even the terminal.

                1. re: wienermobile
                  lgss Feb 15, 2012 06:29 PM

                  Terminal 7/8 early a.m...

                  1. re: lgss
                    Emme Feb 16, 2012 07:47 PM

                    don't know the hours, but CPK in terminal 7 that's 10 am to 10 pm, which likely doesn't help you.

                    baja fresh express is 6 am - 1130 pm

                    starbucks in terminal 8 is 430 am - 11 or 1130 pm - generally have fruit and/or veggie plates

                    and sorry but mcdonald's at least has salads and fruit/walnuts and apple slice and whatnot. 430 - 1130 as well.

                    1. re: Emme
                      lgss Feb 17, 2012 05:29 AM


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