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Nick Solares

15 Solid Places to Eat Around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Everything to eat before or after you fly out of LA's big airport

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Burgers, fries, and drinks from In-N-Out Burger.
| Nick Solares

Dropping off friends at Los Angeles International Airport or picking them up is always a chore — enough so that usually passengers departing from or arriving to the giant NASCAR track from hell this city so generously calls airport parking might feel obligated to reward their drivers with a meal. Or there are times when you need to fly out of LAX but have a few hours to kill and don’t want to settle with whatever’s inside the terminal. Here's a list of restaurants to try in the immediate vicinity of the LAX area, from saucy birria tacos from a truck to a laid-back hangout next to a hotel pool.

Removed: Playa Provisions, Cinco, Grimaldi’s, Veggie Grill, Coni’Seafood, Kikari West, the Proud Bird

Added: Original Rinaldi’s, Ayara Thai, Banadir Somali, Birrieria Gomez, Caravan Swim Club

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Del Rey Deli Co.

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8501 Pershing Dr
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 439-2256
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This counter-service lunch specialist is ideal for a crowd-pleasing selection of sandwiches that can be enjoyed on the go or on in the simple strip mall digs.

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2. Taj India Palace

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8320 Lincoln Boulevard
Westchester, CA 90045
(310) 337-1423
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Whether it's for take-out or dine-in, Taj India Palace is bustling at lunchtime. Double up on the garlic naan, and if you're a fan of chicken tandoor, Taj offers whole, bone-in chickens gleaming that familiar shade of red.

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3. Caravan Swim Club

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8639 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-0400
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One of the newer restaurants to open in the area inside the swanky Hotel June, Caravan Swim Club has a lovely outdoor area around the pool serving everything from oysters and crudo to Baja-inspired dishes. Try the squash blossom quesadilla and cauliflower nachos.

4. Jame Enoteca

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241 Main St
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 648-8554
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El Segundo’s Jame Enoteca sits on a corner strip mall, and only three miles away from LAX. Hop over for the handmade pastas like the arugula pappardelle, and the creamy scarpinocc stuffed with braised beef cheek, brown butter, sage, and 12-year-old balsamic vinegar.

Lasagna from Jame Enoteca on a table.
Lasagna from Jame Enoteca.
Farley Elliott

5. In-N-Out Burger

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9149 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(800) 786-1000
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Whether it's the first stop after a long flight or the last stop before a spell away from home, tooting the horn of arguably In-N-Out's most visited location hardly seems necessary. But getting the most iconic burger in Los Angeles is always a good decision, especially in double-double form.

6. Ayara Thai Cuisine

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6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 410-8848
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Classic Thai restaurant Ayara is back after a brief interlude as Ayara Luk. The family-owned restaurant from the Asapahus hasn’t reopened the dining room, though excellent dishes like pad see ew and khao soi are available for takeout. The place does have a special Thursday night street food series if you want to eat on site.

Ayara Thai’s pad thai.
Ayara Thai’s pad thai.
Wonho Frank Lee

7. The Coffee Company

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8751 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-7315
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Hawaiian bread french toast and spicy chicken sausages are the most raved-about items at this LAX-area institution, but don't skip the breakfast skillets and Louisiana-style fish and eggs breakfast.

8. The Original Rinaldi's Deli and Cafe

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6171 W Century Blvd #168
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(424) 351-8799
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The Fat Boy might be one of LA’s best sandwiches outright, with meatballs, pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella, which would make for a gut-busting meal just outside the airport. The menu does have plenty of options for grab-and-go fare, from salads to classic Italian subs.

9. Aliki's Greek Taverna

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5862 Arbor Vitae St
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-9555
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With the blue checkered tablecloths and kitschy décor, Aliki’s Greek Taverna has all the makings of a great neighborhood Greek eatery. Are there gyros, lemon potatoes, and tasty baklava? Of course there are. 

10. Three Weavers Brewing Company

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1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 400-5830
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With all the stress surrounding trips to the airport, travelers may very well find themselves in need of a cold brew. Thankfully, there’s Inglewood's Three Weavers, a conveniently close drinking destination run by brewmaster Alexandra Nowell and owner Lynne Weaver.

11. Birrieria Gomez

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10670 S La Cienega Blvd
Lennox, CA 90304
(424) 219-6292
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Looking for the ever-popular birria de res nearby LAX? Birrieria Gomez parks a truck not too far from the airport, where you can load up on the tender, saucy tacos with cheese and a side of rich consomé.

12. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

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621 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 981-4141
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One of LA’s most popular restaurants, the fried chicken and waffles at Roscoe’s are legendary, but don’t sleep on some of the other items, like the deep-fried chicken livers.

13. Banadir Somali Restaurant

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137 Arbor Vitae St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 419-9900
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As the only official Somali restaurant in LA, this halal establishment in Inglewood has some highlights, like slow-roasted lamb or stir-fry goat served with basmati rice and a simple salad.

14. Mutiara Food & Market

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225 South La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 419-7221
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Everything is priced reasonably at this family-run spot in Inglewood. Mutiara Food & Market’s South Asian menu spans Thai, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Burmese, and Malaysian, and can satisfy any diner whether vegan or omnivore. The rice noodle fish soup, or mohinga, is Mutiara’s specialty and shouldn’t be missed.

A noodle dish from Mutiara Food & Market in Inglewood, CA
Mutiara Food & Market
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15. Woody's Bar-B-Que

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475 S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 672-4200
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Only three miles away from LAX, Woody’s is for the hungry. The Inglewood location opened in 1975 and takes pride in moving the ribs, chicken, links, or sliced beef straight from the fire pit, to the steam tables, and right to a plate.

A paper boat filled with saucy ribs and white bread at Woody’s Bar-B-Q
Woody’s Bar-B-Q
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1. Del Rey Deli Co.

8501 Pershing Dr, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Del Rey Deli Farley Elliott

This counter-service lunch specialist is ideal for a crowd-pleasing selection of sandwiches that can be enjoyed on the go or on in the simple strip mall digs.

8501 Pershing Dr
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

2. Taj India Palace

8320 Lincoln Boulevard, Westchester, CA 90045
Taj India Palace Taj India Palace website

Whether it's for take-out or dine-in, Taj India Palace is bustling at lunchtime. Double up on the garlic naan, and if you're a fan of chicken tandoor, Taj offers whole, bone-in chickens gleaming that familiar shade of red.

8320 Lincoln Boulevard
Westchester, CA 90045

3. Caravan Swim Club

8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

One of the newer restaurants to open in the area inside the swanky Hotel June, Caravan Swim Club has a lovely outdoor area around the pool serving everything from oysters and crudo to Baja-inspired dishes. Try the squash blossom quesadilla and cauliflower nachos.

8639 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

4. Jame Enoteca

241 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245
Lasagna from Jame Enoteca on a table.
Lasagna from Jame Enoteca.
Farley Elliott

El Segundo’s Jame Enoteca sits on a corner strip mall, and only three miles away from LAX. Hop over for the handmade pastas like the arugula pappardelle, and the creamy scarpinocc stuffed with braised beef cheek, brown butter, sage, and 12-year-old balsamic vinegar.

241 Main St
El Segundo, CA 90245

5. In-N-Out Burger

9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Whether it's the first stop after a long flight or the last stop before a spell away from home, tooting the horn of arguably In-N-Out's most visited location hardly seems necessary. But getting the most iconic burger in Los Angeles is always a good decision, especially in double-double form.

9149 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

6. Ayara Thai Cuisine

6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Ayara Thai’s pad thai.
Ayara Thai’s pad thai.
Wonho Frank Lee

Classic Thai restaurant Ayara is back after a brief interlude as Ayara Luk. The family-owned restaurant from the Asapahus hasn’t reopened the dining room, though excellent dishes like pad see ew and khao soi are available for takeout. The place does have a special Thursday night street food series if you want to eat on site.

6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045

7. The Coffee Company

8751 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hawaiian bread french toast and spicy chicken sausages are the most raved-about items at this LAX-area institution, but don't skip the breakfast skillets and Louisiana-style fish and eggs breakfast.

8751 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

8. The Original Rinaldi's Deli and Cafe

6171 W Century Blvd #168, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Fat Boy might be one of LA’s best sandwiches outright, with meatballs, pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella, which would make for a gut-busting meal just outside the airport. The menu does have plenty of options for grab-and-go fare, from salads to classic Italian subs.

6171 W Century Blvd #168
Los Angeles, CA 90045

9. Aliki's Greek Taverna

5862 Arbor Vitae St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

With the blue checkered tablecloths and kitschy décor, Aliki’s Greek Taverna has all the makings of a great neighborhood Greek eatery. Are there gyros, lemon potatoes, and tasty baklava? Of course there are. 

5862 Arbor Vitae St
Los Angeles, CA 90045

10. Three Weavers Brewing Company

1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B, Inglewood, CA 90301

With all the stress surrounding trips to the airport, travelers may very well find themselves in need of a cold brew. Thankfully, there’s Inglewood's Three Weavers, a conveniently close drinking destination run by brewmaster Alexandra Nowell and owner Lynne Weaver.

1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B
Inglewood, CA 90301

11. Birrieria Gomez

10670 S La Cienega Blvd, Lennox, CA 90304

Looking for the ever-popular birria de res nearby LAX? Birrieria Gomez parks a truck not too far from the airport, where you can load up on the tender, saucy tacos with cheese and a side of rich consomé.

10670 S La Cienega Blvd
Lennox, CA 90304

12. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

621 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

One of LA’s most popular restaurants, the fried chicken and waffles at Roscoe’s are legendary, but don’t sleep on some of the other items, like the deep-fried chicken livers.

621 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

13. Banadir Somali Restaurant

137 Arbor Vitae St, Inglewood, CA 90301

As the only official Somali restaurant in LA, this halal establishment in Inglewood has some highlights, like slow-roasted lamb or stir-fry goat served with basmati rice and a simple salad.

137 Arbor Vitae St
Inglewood, CA 90301

14. Mutiara Food & Market

225 South La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
A noodle dish from Mutiara Food & Market in Inglewood, CA
Mutiara Food & Market
Mutiara Food & Market website

Everything is priced reasonably at this family-run spot in Inglewood. Mutiara Food & Market’s South Asian menu spans Thai, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Burmese, and Malaysian, and can satisfy any diner whether vegan or omnivore. The rice noodle fish soup, or mohinga, is Mutiara’s specialty and shouldn’t be missed.

225 South La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

15. Woody's Bar-B-Que

475 S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301
A paper boat filled with saucy ribs and white bread at Woody’s Bar-B-Q
Woody’s Bar-B-Q
Farley Elliott

Only three miles away from LAX, Woody’s is for the hungry. The Inglewood location opened in 1975 and takes pride in moving the ribs, chicken, links, or sliced beef straight from the fire pit, to the steam tables, and right to a plate.

475 S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

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