Dining Encounters of the best kind

Encounter Restaurant, the
intergalactic-themed restaurant located inside LAX’s iconic Theme
Building, has earned its spot on the list of best airport


Frommers.com placed the restaurant on its
list of top 10 favorite domestic airport restaurants, calling it,
“… a 1960s Star Trek set gone Technicolor, serving ‘art-food’
(American classics in oddball visual arrangements) that’s
simultaneously hip and kid-friendly.”

Esquire.com placed Encounter on its
list of Ten Best Airport Restaurants in the World. Esquire, whose
list includes the likes of Seoul-Incheon International Airport,
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and London Heathrow Airport, said of
Encounter, “With its Star Trek-meets-Austin Powers decor (not to
mention menu) and a lighting design by former Disney Imagineers, this
recently refurbished restaurant has to be seen to be believed.”

Food and Wine has also given Encounter the nod, including it
on its “Ultimate Airport Dining Survival Guide: Best Airport
Restaurants,” while Forbes.com listed Encounter in its “Where to Find
the Best Airport Food” story.

The 50-year-old landmark LAX Theme
Building, recently finished a three-year, $12.3-million renovation,
which included a unique seismic retrofit involving the installation
of a rooftop tuned mass damper containing 600 tons of steel
(equivalent to the weight of two Boeing 747s), which was the first
time in the U.S. that a TMD was installed at the top of a building.

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