gluten-free vegan at LAX?
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.
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.
720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.