Taix French Restaurant
1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
The Taix families (pronounced “Tex) are the third and fourth generations of a family of sheepherders and bakers from the Hautes-Alpes in southwestern France who immigrated to Los Angeles around 1870. In 1912, Marius Taix built a hotel called Champ d’Or in the Los Angeles French quarter. In 1927, Marius Taix Jr. opened Taix French Restaurant within the hotel, serving the “famous chicken dinners” for 50 cents at long tables “family style”. French cuisine was a novelty and Taix’s food, unique service and affordable prices soon made it a Los Angeles institution. The present location, 1911 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, opened in 1962 and continues to be a family affair. Today, it remains faithful to the famed tureen of soup, sourdough French bread, and abundant portions of French country cuisine at affordable prices. Marius’ son, Raymond Taix, made certain that the character of the restaurant has remained unchanged. His son Michael, whose passion for wines has resulted in an excellent and extensive award winning wine list, proudly carries on the restaurant dynasty and traditions.
Michael’s grandfather, Marius Taix was a pharmacist so he could buy wine for medicinal purposes during prohibition. When Michael took over the management of the restaurant in 1980, he inventoried the wine collection and discovered some very rare and highly sought after vintages. He sold some of these prized bottles to collectors. With the profits from the sale, he restocked and improved the restaurant wine library. Today, the Taix wine collection has 700 different vintages, housed in a 2000 square foot subterranean cellar that is temperature controlled at 58 degrees. “My interest in wine started when I was very young as wine was part of our family meals. In my twenties, I had developed my palate for wines and had identified my favorite Bordeaux. Now, I really enjoy buying wines for the restaurant,” said Taix.
Taix was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and currently lives with his family in La Crescenta. He attended college at California State Long Beach where earned a B.S degree in Geology. “I learned the restaurant trade from the ground up working at Taix as a young boy. I have done it all: stock boy, busboy, waiter, bartender, and even kitchen manager,” Taix recalled. “Our current wine collection emphasizes French and California vintages but we also have some wines from other major wine producing areas of the world. I try to keep our prices reasonable. Some of the clientele includes wine shop owners and collectors who either cannot obtain the wines on our list or the price point for our cellared wines is usually unbeatable. Even with our extensive wine list, it is still possible to bring your own special wine and preferred glassware but please inquire regarding corkage fees as they vary,” Taix explained.
Dining at Taix is always a pleasure as the menu features authentic French country cuisine. Specialties du jour offer different entrées daily that come with a choice of soup, salad and dessert. Examples are aged New York steak, rack of lamb, prime top sirloin steak, filet of salmon, famous Taix roast chicken with bordelaise sauce, short ribs in a cabernet sauce, and a seafood linguini. Visit the website at http://www.taixfrench.com to see the entire lunch and dinner menus. You will have no difficulty choosing a wine to accompany your meal from the extensive wine list.
Taix restaurant features several individual dining areas as well as the main dining rooms and bar that are perfect for any group or business occasion. They are booked well in advance so make your plans early. Convenient parking is available adjacent to the restaurant. Keep in mind that Taix is a great place to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th. For more information or to make reservations please call (213) 484-1265. “A votre santé!”