The Proud Bird, a legendary LAX-adjacent restaurant and mini-aviation museum, has officially reopened after a closure of more than a year to remodel the space and rethink the menu.
The new space is bright and sprawling, with a lovely deck that's definitely home to the hottest seats in the house: it runs parallel to a runway, so hold on to your hat (and your drink and your burger) and watch the planes come and go while you eat.
The restaurant portion of the Proud Bird is called the Food Bazaar, and there are multiple stations from which to order. The food categories are a bit baffling: According to a publicist, the "themes" are Italian, Asian, American and Bludso’s BBQ. Bludso's is an L.A. legend, so I understand why it gets its own category. The menu is full of other L.A. favorites, too, from Cobb salad to chicken and waffles, from poké to burgers.
There's a full bar, and since the Proud Bird was a jumpin' weekend brunch spot before it closed, there's no reason to think it won't be again.
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Read more about the history of the Proud Bird here.
11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester; (310) 670-3093, theproudbird.com.