Great news for aviation fans and plane spotters! The legendary 50-year-old, LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant has reopened after closing for more than a year (they came close to closing for good). The new Proud Bird looks nothing like the old except for the sign, vintage plane replicas in the parking lot and back yard.
It’s no longer a dark steakhouse. Instead, the mini aviation museum with amazing views of LAX’s approach runway is now bright, with high ceilings and a food bazaar. The unique food hall has six culinary kitchens that are open for lunch, dinner and brunch.
On arrival customers will check in with the docent to get a “boarding pass.” It’s really just a long CVS-like receipt with a barcode and a number which you’ll show when you go to any of the culinary kitchens. Their menu is inspired by the melting pot of Los Angeles and features Asian, Italian, BBQ, burgers, and American cuisines. The most popular is Compton’s own Bludso’s famous, mouth-watering BBQ ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Prices range from $4 to $12 for entrees and $2 to $5 for sides.
I went with my wife, son and dad and we all enjoyed it although service was slow (they’re so new everyone was trying to get familiar with the computer system and ingredients). I had the ¼ chicken and waffle ($10), which was okay. The waffle was good but chicken wasn’t like Roscoe’s. Natalie liked her pulled pork sandwich and my dad liked his salmon teriyaki.
We will definitely be back. Not so much for the food but the atmosphere and of course the plane spotting. My photos are below including screenshots from the ProudBird website of their menus.