The bustling Crowne Plaza Hotel Los Angeles International Airport is just a four minute complimentary shuttle ride from LAX. This newly renovated hotel is perfect for the traveler who expects a little bit more from an airport hotel, with contemporary rooms and attractive amenities, like sleeping masks and earplugs that drown out the airport noise. Bathrooms feature illuminated make-up mirrors and Temple Spabath toiletries, and the hotel offers a heated pool, sauna and modern fitness center. The LAX Jazz Club is the hotel’s on-site bar and restaurant, where visitors can catch the game while dining on burgers, pizza or sushi and sipping on an array of craft beers. From there, guests can hop on the Ocean Express Trolley that leaves every half hour for trendy Manhattan Beach, famous for its surf and shopping.
Though all the food at Nola's is modeled after the Cajun and Creole cuisine of the Big Easy, the restaurant’s housemade ingredients give it a personalized spin. Chefs toss fried wings in a special tangy hot sauce, serve popcorn shrimp with a signature honey-chipotle sauce, coat 10-ounce catfish fillets with a special blend of seasonings, and cook fried chicken for 20 minutes.
When it comes to classic dishes such as jambalaya, the cooks approach from various angles, adding shirmp and crab claws to create a seafood version. For vegetarians, they've come up with a version that uses tofu sausage and fresh veggies. Rounding out the jambalaya variations, there is also a breakfast jambalaya soufflé, for those who love breakfast at all hours of the day. For lunch, they specialize in shrimp, oyster, and catfish po' boys, which are drenched in a cornmeal-and-flour batter, fried, and served with housemade roasted-garlic tartar sauce.
To complement feasts, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails, including a tequila-and-watermelon-juice blend called the Witch Doctor, inspired by the witch doctor that lives on the roof. Beneath the chandeliers and wooden beams of the rustic dining room, meals unfold as live musicians serenade diners with the sounds of New Orleans–style blues and jazz.
Explore the endless flavors of Mediterranean fare at The Gate to the Mediterranean.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
With plenty of room to go around, The Gate to the Mediterranean also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at The Gate to the Mediterranean.
The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most The Gate to the Mediterranean patrons come in casual attire.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this restaurant for carryout.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in The Gate to the Mediterranean for catering.
At The Gate to the Mediterranean, you can find a parking spot on the street, in a garage or take advantage of a valet service.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on The Gate to the Mediterranean's moderately priced fare.
The Mediterranean fare will keep you coming back to The Gate to the Mediterranean.
For a fast bite with tons of flavor, try Los Angeles' Grand Star Restaurant.
No need to miss out on Grand Star Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs.
You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar.
Long guest list? Not a problem at Grand Star Restaurant, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Grand Star Restaurant frequently features a DJ or live music.
For music and dancing, Grand Star Restaurant also features live bands and an open floor.
Volume at this bar can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
If you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday, be prepared for crowds (sorry, no reservations accepted).
Grand Star Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Grand Star Restaurant for catering.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Grand Star Restaurant.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Grand Star Restaurant.
If you can get Dizzy Gillespie to play at your restaurant, your restaurant might become a cultural institution. That's one lesson learned during Catalina Bar & Grill storied history, which began in 1987 and was profiled by the Los Angeles Times in 2008. The bebop-improvising trumpeter wasn't the only star, or even jazz great, who's graced the Catalina stage—others include Art Blakely, Chick Corea, Betty and Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Jimmy Scott. And things have not slowed down. Each month, the discerning booker schedules dozens of soloists, bands, and orchestras—but he's only interested in top-level talent. While live music is the true star, Catalina also features a full menu, which brims with entrees such as filet mignon, rack of lamb, and shrimp scampi.
Located in Eagle Rock since 1954, Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse doubles as a jazz club and features entertainment every evening. Sit in red leather booths with white tablecloths under wrought iron light fixtures, or make your way to the large bar that holds at least three flat screen televisions showing a variety of sports. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday Brunch offers live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the lunch hour, Colombo’s serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches and paninis with fries, fruit, pasta or pasta salad. Known as a steak house, Colombo’s dinner plates hold grilled pork loin chop on onion marmalade, New York strip and grilled porterhouse steak, alongside and assortment of chicken and fish entrées. The bar serves brunch specials of mimosas and bloody Marys, while a piano in the back of the dining room earns its keep nightly.