Having been assigned to an office at LAX in the early 1970s while in the Air Force, I often noticed the landmark structure in a "flying saucer" motif in the center of of the terminal area adjacent to the control tower known as the Theme Building. But I didn't have the resources then to patronize it. On a recent trip through LAX I had a four hour layover for a connecting flight and decided to have lunch at the Encounter, the restaurant that has occupied the Theme Building since 1998. What a great experience! It was an especially clear winter day so the views of the airport and Los Angeles Basin were spectacular from my table next to the huge picture windows. It was great fun watching planes from all over the world landing and taking off. I enjoyed a wonderful cob salad for lunch. Service was great. Prices were on the high side but not completely out of line and somewhat expected given the unique location, etc. The restaurant is decorated in a "space alien" motif which fits in perfectly with the "Mid- Century Modern, Googie architecture of the Theme Building.
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