Los Angeles' LAX airport isn't renowned for good food. But fortunately it's surrounded by interesting neighbourhoods -- and great places to eat.
With Inglewood, El Segundo, Westchester and Manhattan Beach nearby, there are plenty of options for a decent meal on your next LAX layover, whether you're connecting on Virgin Australia, Qantas, United or Delta flights.
We grilled a local for the best food within a reasonable distance by taxi or rental car from LAX. Here's what she came up with.
The oldest Mexican joint in the South Bay
Pancho's is a South Bay landmark, and its margaritas are legendary. Try the Carnitas or go properly American Mexican with one of the combo plates. The sweet-toothed will love the bunuelo pastries for dessert.
Steak, shrimp and Sinatra
Fancy a steak? The Buggy Whip is an old LA staple, with a Rat Pack piano player, lunch specials and lots of atmosphere. The shrimp plate comes highly recommended.
American modern grill and some shopping
This signature grill from chefs Tim McCune and Pete Truxaw is in a shopping centre, yes, but it's a good bet for American modern, with meat and fish cooked in an open kitchen. The pork chops come recommended by our local friend.
Signature Californian fast-food burger chain
It's not haute cuisine, but it's quintessentally Californian and a real trip.
In-N-Out is everywhere in the Golden State, and the nearest one to LAX is immediately north of the airport on Sepulveda. There's outdoor seating right next to the landing path for the airport, if watching planes land over your head is your thing.
There's even a secret menu. (Try the Animal Style fries.)
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