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LAX Hilton one night with Kids

newstarr Feb 5, 2013 06:10 PM

Our family is staying at the LAX Hilton one night before a flight. We are looking for a fun family place for dinner. Not trying to spend a lot since we have a huge trip to fund ahead of us.


  1. wienermobile Feb 5, 2013 06:22 PM

    If you don't have a car you can take the Ocean Express bus into Manhattan Beach from your hotel. Lots to eat and just 3 miles away. My kids love the new Pitfire Pizza there or Lemonade (salads and sandwiches) & Mama D's Italian Kitchen are all very casual. Also the beach and Pier are just a block away. Not much to eat around your hotel other than In N' Out Burger.

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    1. re: wienermobile
      potts Feb 5, 2013 06:55 PM

      I agree! This is a good option but I don't think the bus runs very laye

      1. re: potts
        wienermobile Feb 5, 2013 09:19 PM

        Last return trip back from Manhattan Beach Pier is 8:30 pm

    2. Servorg Feb 5, 2013 06:32 PM


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      1. re: Servorg
        westsidegal Feb 5, 2013 09:01 PM

        i'd estimate the cab to cost about $15 each way from the hilton to panns.

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          Servorg Feb 6, 2013 04:34 AM

          Pann's would probably run about $5 more to and from than Ayara. I don't think that the Hilton on Century offers transport other than to and from LAX AFAIK.

          1. re: Servorg
            westsidegal Feb 6, 2013 10:25 AM

            that's too bad.
            even a modest amount of jitney service would be so helpful to these folks.

      2. potts Feb 5, 2013 06:54 PM

        There's an in-n-out walking distance away

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          Feed_me Feb 5, 2013 08:21 PM

          Just a thought because I've never been there, but a few months back a "Japanese style" hamburger place opened up not too far from the LAX Hilton. Maybe a few hounds who've been there recently can chime in. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875524
          The website. http://www.humblepotato.com/

          1. re: Feed_me
            wienermobile Feb 5, 2013 10:28 PM

            Humble Potato is not walkable from the Hilton, it is on the other side of the airport on Lincoln near LMU about 3-4 miles away, But they have really good original burgers.

            1. re: wienermobile
              Feed_me Feb 5, 2013 11:47 PM

              Wienermobile, I noticed you mentioned the Ocean Express Shuttle, but the poster never said they didn't have transportation so I suggested Humble Potato. I just thought if they had a car it was about the same distance as those Manhattan Beach locations. Also I thought since kids usually are burger-holics they might enjoy the place's take on burgers and (apparently) hot dogs.

          2. re: potts
            westsidegal Feb 6, 2013 10:28 AM

            the in-n-out is the only true walking option, imho

            1. re: westsidegal
              Violatp Feb 6, 2013 10:37 AM

              Maybe I'm just a wuss, but I've actually made this exact walk (munching my double double along the way) and it was longer than I kinda thought it would be. Maybe it was an extra hot day or something, too.

              There's always Hometown Buffet!

              (I kid, I kid!)

              1. re: Violatp
                Servorg Feb 6, 2013 10:47 AM

                I actually convinced my wife that we ought to take our son to the Home Town Buffet in Westchester about 10 years ago. I told her afterward that she didn't need to say I told you so as the taste in my mouth was punishment enough...

                1. re: Servorg
                  Violatp Feb 6, 2013 11:02 AM


                  10 years ago is about the time I went there, too! I recall waiting in line (why?? why???) and some guy asked what I was reading (some sci fi fantasy novel) then berated me for not reading the bible as that was the only book people should read.

                  Good times!

                2. re: Violatp
                  westsidegal Feb 6, 2013 10:49 AM

                  also, to add to violatp's comment, if the time of this meal is after dark, i would not want to be walking these streets, obviously looking like tourists, with kids in tow.
                  (let's face it, no local would choose to be taking their kids on that walk after dark)

                  1. re: westsidegal
                    Violatp Feb 6, 2013 11:00 AM

                    No, they wouldn't. I mean, it's actually quite deserted but it's deserted in that creepy, industrial way. Last time I was in LA, I stayed at the Holiday Inn that's about 4, 5 blocks past the Hilton. I still took the Big Blue Bus but it only went as far as the Hilton. I didn't love walking that last part. Nope, not one bit.

                    But I do love the Big Blue Bus. :-)

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              cls Feb 5, 2013 08:25 PM

              I used to go to Johnnies whenever we arrived at LAX on the way home.

              1. westsidegal Feb 5, 2013 08:58 PM

                just so you are not surprised,
                the LAX area is a wasteland in terms of a
                "fun family place."

                if you find a decent place, that will be good.
                my favorite in the area is a Thai restaurant which is not walking distance from your hotel, but is in the Westchester area, relatively close:
                Ayara Thai Cuisine.

                maybe your hotel will provide jitney service to westchester or to el segundo

                also, going south, there is a HUGE outdoor shopping center called El Segundo Plaza. within that shopping center is a build-your-own burger place that i like called The Counter.
                The Counter offers beef burgers, chicken breast on a bun, turkey burgers, burgers on salad instead of a bun, etc. their shakes are good. a burger w/o fries is $9 before tax and tip. if you add an order of fries there, it will be big enough for two people.

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                1. re: westsidegal
                  Dirtywextraolives Feb 6, 2013 08:37 AM

                  With kids, the Counter would be my call.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                    wienermobile Feb 6, 2013 08:57 AM

                    Ocean Express does stop at Plaza El Segundo also.

                    1. re: wienermobile
                      wienermobile Feb 6, 2013 11:35 AM

                      If you like modern Mexican you might like La Sirena Grill in El Segundo Plaza (including a full bar), also Veggie Grill and California Fish Grill are both very casual in the same outdoor mall all within a few steps of each other.

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                  Violatp Feb 6, 2013 09:21 AM

                  I do believe there is a bus stop for the Big Blue Bus almost directly in front of the LAX Hilton. That burger place mentioned below would be maybe 15 minutes MAX on the bus.

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                    FoodObsessive Feb 6, 2013 10:06 AM

                    Aliki's Taverna is walking distance from the Hilton, and they have very good Greek food in a family-friendly atmosphere. There was a review of the place recently in the Argonaut.


                    It is not easy to see, but worth the trip - pricier than Greek junk food, but still moderate compared to other offerings near the airport.

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                      newstarr Feb 6, 2013 08:06 PM

                      Thank you for all the options. This is the best site ever! We do have a car as we are staying there to use their park and fly option.

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                        ipsedixit Feb 6, 2013 08:10 PM

                        Well, if you have a car, then that opens up whole NEW can of worms.

                        I would pretty much disregard 90% of the recommendations thus far because they all assume you will be walking to/from hotel.

                        If I were you, and had a car, I would think about having dinner at the Getty Center.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          wienermobile Feb 6, 2013 08:23 PM

                          Great idea but dinner is only served at The Getty Saturday nights.

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                            ipsedixit Feb 6, 2013 08:32 PM

                            Good point.

                        2. re: newstarr
                          scottca075 Feb 7, 2013 04:13 PM

                          With a car I might still go to Manhattan Beach, the Kettle is a fun, divey old place or head to Santa Monica. I can't think of a good spot for kids off hand. How old are they?

                          Oh and I wouldn't walk ANYPLACE from the LAX Hilton with kids.

                        3. westsidegal Feb 6, 2013 08:41 PM

                          with a car, your options are now wide open.

                          please tell me what you meant (a dollar amount) when you said:
                          <<Not trying to spend a lot>>

                          to some people on this board, "not a lot" means less than $50/pp
                          to others "not a lot" means less than $20/pp out the door.

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                            Violatp Feb 7, 2013 06:12 AM

                            Ah, you will have a car. Okay, then we need some parameters! How much do you want to spend (as Westsidegal says) and how far you are willing to drive.

                            If it was me, I'd stick to the west side, north or south. You don't want to spend your evening in the car.

                            Now, have you been to LA before? And what does family friendly mean to you? An upscale place with high chairs or somewhere you can draw on the tablecloths with provided crayons? Mind you, I don't know if such a place exists, but it'll give us a clue as to what you're looking for! :-)

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                              newstarr Feb 11, 2013 09:19 AM

                              We are leaving for Europe and are looking for good, fun food to kick off the start of our trip. We loved going to the Cadillac diner in San Diego before it moved to it's new location. Something kitschy and unique to the area that we couldn't experience anyplace else. Our kids are 10-17 years old. $50 a plate is a little crazy to spend on kids. $20 out the door would be awesome but most likely not doable. I don't think we can do In and Out for that. But if there is anything like a $1.75 Sonoran Hot Dog that you can get in Tucson, let me know. I would buy a plane ticket to go back for a couple of those.

                              Inexpensive awesome food that you would make a trip into the area for because they don't even make it anywhere near you? That would be awesome!

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                              1. re: newstarr
                                Servorg Feb 11, 2013 09:24 AM

                                Featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT76papKmKY


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                                  newstarr Feb 11, 2013 11:39 AM

                                  I'm so hungry now!!! That pasta looked so awesome.
                                  Thanks! We don't TV, this is the best!

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                                    wienermobile Feb 11, 2013 11:49 AM

                                    Make sure you try their Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls. So good.

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