I'm an aviation enthusiast and a foodie, but the planes displayed here are not all real. Many are movie props and fiberglass recreations. The ones that are real have all long since been stripped of engines and critical hardware that would really make them interesting. None the less it's a cool setting with some great photos of L.A.'s deep history in aviation manufacturing, development and personalities. Spend some time after you eat, wander the hallways and the other dinning rooms if it's not too crowded and view the hundreds and hundreds of cool photos.
Now on to the food. Really... a place this deeply immersed in a theme could serve hotdogs. Let's be honest, with the fabulous window views of LAX's final approach for runways 25 Left & Right , a whole field of historic airplanes spread out in panorama beneath the dining room windows and the photos...what food?
The food is just mediocre. I've been for dinner and the crowd is lame. I've been for lunch and the crowd is lame. I can't bring myself to go for breakfast. Try the Nicosia tuna salad and the soup of the day. The poached salmon is a classic too, but for the most part the food is reminiscent of hospital cafeteria food.
I dont ever see a serious chef subjecting his creations to the overwhelming shadow of the aviation theme here. The place is not currently doing enough business to justify the cost of maintaining or adding to the collection of displays, as recently they've even removed one of the damaged WWII fighter props from the entrance area rather than repair it. Nor are the current owners on a war path to find aggressive management or talent to boot strap the place back into prominence, but I sure hope the Proud Bird stays in business if for no other reason than it's walking distance location from the airport hotels on Century Blvd.
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