Once in a while, all Angelenos confront the question: Where can I eat near LAX?
There are a couple of great Pakistani restaurants practically a stone’s throw away: Al Watan (excellent tandoori) and Bilal.
The Googie-esque diner Pann’s is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Dinah’s, another old-fashioned coffee shop, is best for breakfast: go for the legendary apple pancakes (more like apple fritters, with a crust of sugar and caramelized apples) or Dutch baby pancakes.
The Thai restaurant Ayara has become a favorite of some hounds, who head there even when they’re not heading out of the city.
Downtown El Segundo is a little neighborhood gem adjacent to LAX, notes cvc, who always recommends Chef Hannes.
Pann’s booster Will Owen puts in a vote for Second City Bistro as well, for good food, good service, good prices, and pleasant atmosphere.
Al Watan [South LA]
13619 Inglewood Ave., Hawthorne
Bilal [South LA]
1117 W. Manchester Blvd. # G, at Aviation, Inglewood
Pann’s Restaurant [South LA]
6710 La Tijera Blvd., at La Cienega, Los Angeles
Dinah’s Family Restaurant [South LA]
6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Ayara Thai Cuisine [South LA]
6245 W. 87th St., at La Tijera, Los Angeles
Chef Hannes [Beaches]
411 1/2 Main St., El Segundo
Second City Bistro [Beaches]
223 Richmond St., El Segundo