Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pre-Valentine's Day Dinner At Taix

Hallway to banquet rooms at Taix

French Country cuisine at Taix in Echo Park!  Yum! One of my favorite classic Los Angeles restaurants. We were supposed to celebrate a double KnitGrrlz birthday on Saturday at Taix, but there were last minute changes due to emergencies, sniffles and more! We have re-scheduled for March.
Larry and I decided to keep the reservation and celebrate Valentine's Day early. I'm so glad we did. Les Freres Taix has always been one of my go-to places in L.A. The original Taix was located downtown on Commercial Street, near City Hall. It was a glorified soup kitchen with sawdust on the floor and long tables. The current Taix has been in this location since 1962 and is decidedly more upscale than the former DTLA restaurant.
The menu consists of Country French favorites, simple food, prepared beautifully. We had soup, salad and drinks. Larry ordered the salmon, I had the grilled shrimp on a bed of ratatouille. Both were DELICIOUS! The service is always good. The dining room is lovely and you can hear each other talk. This is rare in newer Los Angeles restaurants today. The carpets, draperies and upholstered booths tone down the usual restaurant clatter. So serene. 
French Onion Soup with yummy, gloppy cheese
Roasted Salmon Filet with vegies and champagne cream
Grilled Shrimp w/lime and chili and ratatouille, beurre blanc
We were so full that we declined dessert. The dining room and the bar were full on this Saturday night with happy people. There were also a number of banquets in progress. We listened to an accordion and violin duo outside of the large banquet room! We wandered into one of the smaller banquet rooms with French country-side murals. Charming.
Smaller Banquet Room at Taix
I look forward to our return in March to celebrate Brit's and Natalie's belated birthdays!
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At 4:59 AM PST, Blogger ken bloom said...

Wow! That is a massive change from the old days and French dip beef sanwiches. Do they even have those there anymore? I always loved going to Taixs and the country French style. I remember going there with a bunch of us and Grandpa Bloom. They brought big bowls of soup and salad to the table. It was really great. The only thing similar to it was the old El Obrero in San Francisco. It was a Basque hotel that had country style meals with big platters of soup, salad, meat, potatos and vegies. You just don't see anything like that anymore.


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