I had always thought Westchester was a desert for food and drinks, but I discovered Cinco, a great place to grab some beers, cocktails, and food when you need to be around LAX. Its location is perfect for your friend's short layover.
They have a big list of craft beers and a surprisingly great cocktail program.
I came for brunch, which offers additional cocktails like the "Iced Coffee" made with aged rum, coffee, horchata, cinnamon, and nutmeg for only $6. This is how I want to take my coffee every weekend.
The most popular food item is perhaps the Coctel de Mariscos, a huge bowl of octopus and shrimp in tomato and lime juice topped with avocado, onion, and all that good stuff ($11)
Other brunch cocktails include Hog Whistle, with carnitas washed bourbon, lemon, piloncillo, Cointreau, and Tapatio ($6). There's no big name mixologists behind these fun drinks, just former surf buddies excited about their food and booze, but the drinks are solid, from the fun concoctions to the well balanced classics.
The Queso Fundido is a blend of melted cheese with chorizo, bell peppers and onions ($8). I think I personally would prefer a different blend of cheese, but it still makes for a nice snack.
The brunch Chilaquiles are topped with two eggs, a tart salsa roja, queso fresco, crema, onions, and served with rice and beans ($10).
The menu mostly offers standard fares, but they're filling and satisfying.
Oh, have I talked about the beers, yet? There's a pretty big list divided by styles.
I tried Floraison from Monkish and Paardebloem from New England Brewing.
I loved their well balanced stirred cocktails, as well, like the Colonial Park (Elijah Craig 12yr, byrrh, Dumante pistachio liqueur, Peychaud - $12) or Oaxacan Old Fashioned (Los Javis Reposado mezcal, brown sugar, chocolate mole bitters, orange bitters, and citrus oils - $12)
The next time you need to meet someone near LAX Airport for some drinks, Cinco should be on your list!
7241 West Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045