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User currently offlineSlovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Quick question... What is the name of the restaurant outside the terminals in the middle of the airport? It's the building that lights up at night and kind of the signature of LAX airport. Looks kinda like a dome. Please don't flame me to much.

Thanks,
Slovacek747

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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

The Encounter is what I think you are talking about  Smile


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User currently offlinePilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

MD90fan is correct. The Encounter...Parking is insane, as is hte price for food. There used to be an observation deck up there, but not anymore. You can get some pretty ok views from a window seat in the place, but nothing photoworthy.
-Matt



-Matt
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Check out the new Airways magazine, there is an article about it.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineSlovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Thanks guys.. thats all i wanted to know.

User currently offlineTWAtwaTWA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

According to Wikipedia, LAX" target=_blank>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAX "The architecture shown in The Jetsons was based on the LAX Theme Building's exterior, then the Theme Building's interior was redesigned to have a "Jetsons" feel."

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Interesting links regarding The Encounter Restaurant
http://losangeles.citysearch.com/pro...5854/los_angeles_ca/encounter.html
http://www.iflylax.com/lax_encounter.html



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6042 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

What is the price range of the menu, i.e.; what is the cost of typical sitting per person? Also, looking the few pictures of the food that they have on the website, what are the portions like?


Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25370 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Quoting Pilot3033 (Reply 2):
Parking is insane

There is very convenient $6 valet parking at the bottom of the Theme Building. Otherwise if you rather self park you can at any of the terminal lots, however I doubt you'll get out for less then $10.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
What is the price range of the menu, i.e.; what is the cost of typical sitting per person?

You can manage lunch for the $20 range and a decent dinner for the $30 range. Off course the employee discount helps in my case  Wink

Overall I would say while the food is not something I would go out of my way to get, the location is pretty neat. I've been there quite often with friends waiting to catch flights particularly in the evenings. Good place to hang out for drinks and a bite.



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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

How easy is it to get to the terminals from the resturant? I've never been to LAX, but I'm going to visit two friends in September there..


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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 8):
How easy is it to get to the terminals from the resturant? I've never been to LAX, but I'm going to visit two friends in September there..

Pretty easy, all you need to do if you are on the southside of the airport (4 5 6 and 7) is walk up or down to terminal 6 and it is just right across the street. On the north side (1 2 3), walk up to terminal 1 and it is just right across the street. Or from anywhere, you can just look at the giant structure and walk right towards it and you should get there fine, no fences or anything.

The encounter is very interesting. It is a shame that the observation deck is closed, that was my favorite part about LAX. Don't be fooled by the weird ride up in the elevator, it will be a little fancier than you would think. It would be really nice if it rotated like the CN Tower!!!!



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25370 posts, RR: 49
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

Super easy to get to.. Its right smack in the middle of the central terminal area.


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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6042 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 7):
Overall I would say while the food is not something I would go out of my way to get,

So, technically, the food is typical—if I can go so far as to call it that—CA1 fare, with typical CA1 portions, at typical CA1 prices. :P



Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Has anyone heard any rummors about the spotting deck above the restuarnt
reopening? July/August this year mentioned.....



from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Quoting Acelanzarote (Reply 12):
Has anyone heard any rummors about the spotting deck above the restuarnt reopening? July/August this year mentioned.....

Yes


User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

Is the employee cafeteria on the bottom level of the building still there?
I seem to recall the food and prices being pretty decent, but I haven't
been there for over 15 years.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25370 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Quoting CWAFlyer (Reply 14):
Is the employee cafeteria on the bottom level of the building still there?

Have not been inside for over a year, however have walked by it and appears to be operational still. I remember they renamed it to the City Deli or something and changed around the hours also (only breakfast and lunch). Btw, dont need to be an employee to eat there, the public can walk in.

Speaking about employee cafeterias, CO used to have a pretty decent and huge one inside its hangars run by Chelsea.



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User currently offlineGmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I was just at encounter on 6/25. As laxintl said, I would suggest the $6 valet if you are going to the resturant. The dinner was good. The decor, on the other hand, could use some help, chipped paint on the hand rail and probably 1960's swirl carpet. Good place to watch the Southwest bus operation  Smile , every 20 minutes or sooner 1 southwest plane leaves and 1 lands. Truely amazing to watch.

User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

It originally was the "Host International". I remember going there in 1968. The food was terrible and the atmosphere was like a French brothel. I went another time in 1989 and it had changed names and decor. It was more like a swank Dennys. The food was very average.

The best food and spotting near LAX still is the In & Out Burger.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

Quoting Pilot3033 (Reply 2):
There used to be an observation deck up there, but not anymore.

They are reopening it

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 8):
How easy is it to get to the terminals from the resturant?

Very easy. It is quite central. Shouldn't be more than a leisurly 10 minute walk to any terminal

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 17):
It originally was the "Host International".

Host International was the company that handled all the restaurants at LAX. It was called the Theme Restaurant before being renamed Encounter

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 17):
The best food and spotting near LAX still is the In & Out Burger.

You must not have been to the Proud Bird then



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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 18):
You must not have been to the Proud Bird then

Yes, about 20 years ago. It was good. I think it's a strip club now.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 19):

Yes, about 20 years ago. It was good. I think it's a strip club now.

Nope, it's still there, and it's still really good. I do remember from my youth that they used to have headphones to listen to cockpit communications, and I think it was on the 2nd floor. Now only banquet rooms are upstairs, but there's still plenty of window space on the first floor for spotting. It's definitely a worthwhile trip. They have a website here.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 19):
Yes, about 20 years ago. It was good. I think it's a strip club now.

Ha, no, you must not have been there in a while. Proud Bird is still the same as it always was. It seems like a place Sinatra and the Rat Pack would have hung out and has excellent clam chowder and tomato salad.



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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25370 posts, RR: 49
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 19):
I think it's a strip club now.

You must be thinking about the Wild Goose down the street  eyepopping 



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