n88kb From Australia, joined Jun 2010, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
1. Flying into LAX on VA in May and want to know a decent cafe or coffee shop land side to meet my parents. My parents are flying out to IAD on VX a few hours after we arrive. Maybe somewhere in TB or T3?
2. We are coming back into LAX from MCO on DL connecting with our VA flight. Although the DL flight is a codeshare with VA, The tickets are separate so our luggage is not guaranteed to be transferred. What is the easiest way to get from T5 to T3 as VA departs from that terminal?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23457 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
There is not much landside at the domestic terminals. You're best bet to hang out would be at the Intl Terminal food court area.
As far as getting from T5 to T3, if you don't mind a 10-minute walk or so I would do that. Simply exit on the upper level and walk to your left from T5. You'll pass T4, TBIT and then arrive at T3. If you have baggage with you, then you can get a cart to push if needed. Otherwise there is the "A" airline connection bus that can be taken on the lower roadway level, but often walking is the easiest and fastest option anyways.
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aklrno From United States of America, joined exactly 3 years ago today! , 812 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
The Encounter restaurant in the Theme building! That's the thing that looks like a flying saucer landed in the parking lot.
It's a short walk from any terminal. The food is excellent and the views superb. The design is by the Disney company and looks like a Star Trek set. It also has a bar area if you don't want a full meal.
It is a bit expensive, but so is everything else at LAX. At least it is good to eat.
Before committing to this, check the hours. Some days it is only open limited hours because they depend partly on customers who are not using the airport. That alone speaks well for an airport restaurant!
aklrno From United States of America, joined exactly 3 years ago today! , 812 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2562 times:
If you compare the Encounter to the entire universe of restaurants in its price class, maybe you should go elsewhere. If you are at LAX, it is pretty good. The food in T1-T8 is all airside, so that is off the list. That leaves TBIT. The Encounter can beat that any day. The places in TBIT are crowded and viewless.
There is a sidewalk (footpath if you like) that runs from all the way around the horseshoe from T1 to T8. Two of them, actually. One on the arrivals (ground) level and one up on the departures level. If it isn't raining walk on the upper level. It is much less crowded, the air is cleaner, and the views better. To get to the encounter there are footpaths leading to it between T1 and T2, and between T7 and T8. Go to google maps, search for LAX, and get a satellite view. You can see it all very well. Using the streetview feature you can even see the footpaths on the lover level. You will also see that you can walk across the horseshoe (a nice short cut) at a couple of places.
I walk there all the time. Never take the bus. Remember that you are in LA. Aside from the lower level pick-up areas, no locals walk anywhere. No crowds.