Like Visiting a Favorite Old Friend



The holiday season is a traditional time to renew old acquaintances and nowhere is Auld Lang Syne more evident than at the venerable family-owned Taix French Restaurant, the L.A. mecca for French country cuisine since 1927, and going strong under 3rd and 4th generations of the Taix (pronounced Tex) clan.
Originally a family-style place where baskets of fruit and French bread were passed around picnic tables and strangers became friends during the chicken course of a 50-cent feast, Taix moved to its current, comfy, full-service location at 1911 Sunset Blvd. (one block east of Alvarado) in 1962 and continues to serve abundant luncheon and dinner menus at affordable prices. Founder Maurice would surely be proud of his namesake.
Some staffers have been greeting and serving at Taix for two or three decades. The wine cellar is one of the southland’s finest.
Dine simply with a Plat Principaux main course from $14.95, or add $4 and enjoy the famed soup du jour plus a choice of green salads. The Palate invariably orders the moist and tasty Poulet rôti au Jus ($13.95) or Côtes d’agneau grillées, lamb rack, ($26.95—and well worth it). Daily ‘Grand Mère’ specialties are all priced at $16.95. The Canard a l’Orange with wild rice makes Saturday dining an occasion.
As a delicious option, go haute wild with les Hors D’oeuvres including ½ dozen Escargots de Bourgogne or Moules (mussels) a la Marinière or de la Maison. Splurge for an elegant chocolate mousse or crème brûlée’ or, if counting calories, a scoop of ice cream or sherbet adds a tidy sweet touch for only $1.25.
There’s off-street valet parking and a full bar enroute to a linen-set table in a cozy booth. Warm hospitality is the rule rather than the exception at A-rated Taix where private party facilities are also available year-round.
Don’t shop ‘til you drop. Make haste to make reservations for lunch or dinner.

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