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Dining Choices at LAX Could Soon Reach New Heights

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"Breakfast Burrito at Chilis in LAX. It tastes kinda ok... kinda." (Photo by avlxyz via Flickr)

"Breakfast Burrito at Chilis in LAX. It tastes kinda ok... kinda." (Photo by avlxyz via Flickr)
Lamill coffee, Nick & Stef's steaks, tacos from the Too Hot Tamales, soul food, 25 Degrees burgers, Buttercake Bakery treats, Mexican comfort classics from La Serenata di Garibaldi, macrobiotic food, Korean BBQ and more may soon be some of the options travelers using Los Angeles International Airport will have for layover or pre-flight eats, if the five City Council members who comprise the Board of Referred Power give the go ahead to a major food-service overhaul.A proposal assembled by SSP America includes a broad spectrum of respected chefs and restaurants, many of which are symbolic of cuisine in Los Angeles, and ideal to greet the thousands of passengers in the terminal who fly in or out of LAX daily from Terminals 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Chefs like Joachim Splichal of the Patina Group, Nancy Silverton of the La Brea Bakery and Mozza, and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Ciudad and Border Grill are among the culinary luminaries who could put their stamp on LAX's food. The news is encouraging for many who have begrudgingly dropped money on the homogeneous fare from Chili's or Burger King that do little to represent Los Angeles' diverse culture and role in the international food scene. "LAX is the third-busiest commercial airport in the country, but many travelers list it among the less appealing, especially regarding the mediocre food," notes an LA Times opinion piece.

A full list of proposed food options after the jump.

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Via press release:

  • Voted “Best Steakhouse” in downtown Los Angeles, Nick & Stef’s will serve its superb dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and signature dishes in a chic atmosphere.
  • LAMILL Coffee is a trendy, high-concept coffeehouse where a cup of coffee is art, science and floor show in an eclectic setting of crocodile textures and glossy red accents.
  • Created by Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Border Grill Taqueria is a hip urban cantina serving modern Mexican fare ranging from dainty green corn tamales tied in corn husks to creamy plantain empanadas.
  • Twenty Five Degrees, by the Domaine Group, pays homage to the glamour of Old Hollywood yet emphasizes modernity with its “Bordello meets Burger Bar” attitude.
  • From the heartland of LA’s Koreatown, Park’s Korean BBQ is a cut above traditional Korean barbeques with a hard-edged modern decor. Jenee Kim’s menu includes dishes of Kobe-style beef, short ribs and kimchee.
  • M Café de Chaya introduces Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine—featuring balanced, nutritious, creative cooking without the use of any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry.
  • Market Café of the Patina Group blends an upscale European market with a modern spin to offer gourmet cuisine to customers on the go.
  • A piece of history interwoven with community, culture, food and life, Bertha’s Soul Food is true homecooking. Hurried travelers can enjoy the honest comfort of macaroni & cheese, cornbread and gumbo.
  • Dolce Group’s Geisha House is an edgy sushi bar embracing the flavor of traditional Japan with a contemporary spin.
  • groundworks, the largest organic coffee roaster in Los Angeles and very first certified organic coffee roasters in southern California, will make its first airport appearance at LAX Buttercake Bakery’s line of delectable pastries and sweets will be available fresh out-of-the-oven.
  • La Serenata de Garibaldi is a classic representation of authentic Mexican culinary flavors in an environment of warm terracotta, natural wood tones, and traditional blue and white tiles.
  • The nation's leader in Chinese fast-casual restaurants, Panda Express will serve its original Orange Chicken along with new taste creations.
  • Red Mango combines its refreshingly tangy frozen yogurts with fresh and exciting toppings to create a nutritious dessert that can be enjoyed all day.
  • With 21 shops in and around Los Angeles, Peets Coffee & Tea’s warm Craftsman-style look is easily recognized. Its signature blends will be a happy discovery for LAX travelers.