My partner and I will be flying out of LAX on a Thursday night. Our flight leaves at 10:35pm, and we're driving in from San Luis Obispo. We plan on getting into town between 4-5pm to make sure we have time to have a good dinner before heading to the airport, and need some recs for places within a reasonable drive.
We aren't looking for anything upscale, but not completely "down scale" either (burger joints, sandwich shops, etc), just somewhere we wouldn't feel uncomfortable dressed in capris/jeans. Open to pretty much any cuisine type, though Mexican or Italian wouldn't be our first picks (too easy to get around here). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!