The family name is pronounced like “Tex,” As in “Tex and the Horseheads” someone might say. Actually I’d say that to help someone with the pronunciation but that’s me. People have been known to almost come to fistacuffs arguing that the correct pronunciation is “Tays” but Mr. Raymond Taix settled the score many times over if you ever visited Taix. Call it what you want but it’s the only french restaurant bar in Echo Park. Dimly lit as the soft focus segment in a dreamy film sequence. A dream that is real enough to enjoy. Someone is whispering, “life is better in a soft light, it is to be taken in a slow drag, sitting in a high backed chair and small groups of friends crowded around a glowing table center candle” At Taix, you could also easily conjure a 1959 Sammy Davis lounging earthily with friends as he enjoyed his stogie alternately flashing his wildly large white teeth. Yah baby, it’s “Lux-pack” but with a slight “hideous kinky” 1920’s prohibition aura still hanging like a hard fog. The restaurant’s beginnings were seen during this tulmutuous time and on any given night it’s denizens can be equally quirky and mysterious. Take a gander from your generous chair and find Hispanic Dodger fans, gay couples, blue-haired grannies, frivolously laughing and enjoying the vibe. A few pork-pie hat-wearing, uber-hipsters looking to partake in the slow vibe and listen to music.
In order to guard against “Dresden Room Syndrome” (Also known as the “Marty and Elayne Complex) Taix has recently employed the booking skills of L.A. Musician Greg Franco, whom in 2006, L.A. Weekly called an “iconic auteur” Franco, having earned that moniker as front man for L.A., for alt punk bands: The Blasphemous Yellow (1979-1985) and Ferdinand (1986-2002) and currently the New Zealand famous but L.A.based outfit, “Rough Church,” Franco has been a lover of Taix for twenty plus years. A friend of the recently passed Ramond Taix, his cuisine and love of good music. Punk rockers, No Rockers, Low Brow, Americana Freak Folk, and people anyone with an earnest story and sound, can offer their soul against a backdrop of realtors in bad suits hissing into cell phones, or Art dealers slunked down low, frock of darkish or silvery hair over one eye. Also skulking are Music industry dendrites, Record store barnacles, people ‘only there to see a friend’s band’ play” invariably mix with the “funky place’ that time forgot. Some of the waitstaff are from your grandparent’s era some are in incredibly micro miniskirts with tattoos creeping round their shoulders and necks serving exotic and ridiculously rich and meticulously prepared rattatoullie, or duck salad amongst other quintessentially French fare. I’ve been told The creme brulee and tart tartin are Tres magnifique!
If you have NEVER needed any “step’ programs, then you can make note of this Secret Alcoholic tip!!!!! At the beginning of the fiscal year, Taix corralls all the extra alcohol that didn’t sell well, and puts it to the right end of the bar! HELLO LIQUID GARAGE SALE!!! $3 no matter what time of day! Martini at 10AM? no problem! but drinking responsibly will ahem…keep you from having to do those meetings, if you know what I mean. It’s a little bit like a Bitchen Bordello that doubles as an alt / indy music breeding ground. The likes of Ferdinand, Patria Jacobs, Rough Church and many other local L.A. bands, singers and songwriters have taken in the french lounge mystique that is Taix and filled the air with song. Tokyo Police club a darling of the
indy scene rocked Taix via the Culture Collide event. Taix is a sonic crib with Escargot De Gourgogne if you will, a place where you run a good chance of seeing ‘so and so’ before they were… you know…signed and living in Palisades or Laurel Canyon trading kitchen remodeling tips with Anthony Keidis or some shit. Taix is a little bit Vegas lounge and a little bit haunted mansion. It’s definitely a LOT of rock and roll! Think High Fidelity with Marie De Salle singing a sweet vibe unto herself nursing some sorrowful wicked beverage. A true Los Angeles original.
Booking list coming soon!
There is plenty of street parking or you can valet for only $2.50.
Taix French Restaurant – 1911 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Ph: 213.8.1265
Find the folks mentioned at the following:
Rough Church @ http://roughchurch.com
Patria Jacobs @ http://patriaworld.com
|Taix French Restaurant
1911 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tel: (213) 484-1265