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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Memories of Taix

The death of restaurant owner Raymond Taix has stirred up memories for many long time customers who have patronized the  French restaurant in Echo Park as well as its original location in downtown Los Angeles. Echo Park resident Mary Garrison recalls visits to Taix’s restaurant downtown on Commercial Street, where Raymond’s father, Marius Taix, Jr., opened the family restaurant in 1927. Garrison recalls the scene from her visits to the old restaurant in the early 1960s:

“I remember going to the Commercial Street address back in the ’60s after putting in a couple of hours of volunteer work at KPFK.  A friend and I would get in with still time to sit at a “family” table with here-to-fore strangers and eat a delicious meal for something like $2.98.  Dessert was always a small fruit or wedge of melon, etc.  The big trick was learning how to drink hot coffee from a glass!  (Hint:  wrap your large linen napkin around the base.)  There were a few “booths” if one was there with a date, but the best part (next to the delicious family-style-served food) was enjoying dinner with like-minded (and sometimes not-so-like-minded) strangers.  The food was usually served by an older lady … I enjoy our Sunset [Blvd.] Taix, with its friendly staff and good food, but I still hold a special place in my heart for the old Taix!”





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