Gregg Hunter’s Newspace


My medics say that I should eat more fish: specifically salmon, which is loaded with nutrition. Fortunately, I like wild Alaskan salmon but nobody who cooks for me or eats my cooking will eat the stuff. Buying just enough salmon to sate my appetite is a challenge, so I often order the dish when dining out. Beyond the expected at seafood houses, here’s a pair of contrasting places that feature fresh salmon, which is not to be confused with the smoked salmon primarily used for hors d’oeuvres.

Family owned Brasserie Taix (say “tex”) has been on the scene since 1927 and is more popular than ever, especially on weekends located at 1911 W. Sunset Blvd. in L.A. The original location downtown served a simpler menu featuring chicken dinners for 50 cents ‘table d’hôte’ family style until the Taix clan lost their lease when the Federal Building bought the space to create a parking lot. The present multi-featured Taix opened in 1962.

A French style restaurant, Taix features dinners with soup in a serving pot, salad, an entrée and a French sourdough bread basket at modest prices. Nobody feels rushed or leaves unfulfilled in a comfy booth or at a white linen dining table where service is friendly and obliging. Smaller appetites can order the basic dinner plate sans soup or salad. There’s always a daily fish special and a generous cut of grilled salmon as a delicious staple dish. I was having a belated birthday celebration with my two favorite people on the planet, Tonia and Michael. We began by sharing an order of fresh mussels and a bottle of Pinot Grigio from an ice bucket. Tonia chose juicy lamb chops and Michael opted for a thick New York steak. We could not fault anything — and that’s medium rare.

Come casual for lunch or dinner and, if your table isn’t “up” and ready, visit the convivial cocktail lounge. Your limo will be in good hands at the entrance for a $2.50 fee.

Revo Café in Atwater Village is an interesting experiment in quick gourmet sandwiches and wraps. Useful primarily as a carryout convenience, Revo does have a few basic wood tables and uncomfortable chairs, not in a class with the food and the artful setting.

Every item is prepared to order and the crepes priced from $6 to $7.90, including ham and cheese, chicken with spinach leaves, mixed fresh veggies and the delightful Milano: a big cut of salmon, sliced mushrooms and spinach.

Sweet crepes, priced from $3.90 to $6 include caramel banana, fresh fruit, Hershey chocolate, powdered sugar and fresh lemon.

There are breakfast wraps served all day and made to order sandwiches and Paninis. For good measure, sample a wide variety of coffee beverages from $1.95 to $4.50.

Cordial Revo is in the mini mall located at 3134 Glendale Blvd. and opens at 7 a.m.

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