Until they made like Hollywood magic-makers, and gave the place an extreme makeover, starting with the Tom Bradley International Terminal. They introduced high end designer boutiques, gourmet dining spots powered by some of the best chefs in the city, making food options finally world class.
We fell in love with the sleek, shiny space at first sight - what better way to kick off a much anticipated vacation?
Oh, and for those who, like me most of time - somehow always end up cutting it close while trying to catch their flight - you can order a 'Caviar in the Air' picnic pack filled with your choice of caviar, blinis and creme fraiche (with ice, of course), and/or add smoked fish to give yourself first class treatment no matter what class you're actually flying.
If you're flying domestic (or going to Canada and pushed to a domestic terminal), you can still dine at Petrossian if you leave yourself enough time to get to the Tom Bradley terminal, through that security (you can get through security with your same day boarding pass) and back.
chocolate pearls filled with liquor: we were given a tin of cognac filled pearls to take with us, which were perfect to snack on, on our very long (4.5 hour) boat ride to the Yasawa islands!
These pearls were so delicious, and addictive, that I headed to Petrossian's restaurant in West Hollywood the week I got back, to spluirge on another tin ($49) - they were extra tasty now that they have created a food memory of our trip to Fiji!!!
Can't wait til the next time I get to travel out of Tom Bradley!!!
Disclaimer: The LAX meal was hosted.
Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport - Tom Bradley International Terminal
599 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045