Taix French Restaurant
At almost 80, this Silver Lake restaurant's an institution, with dishes straight from the French country from which its eponymous family emigrated: ratatouille, les salades niçoises, Croques Monsieurs. Plus, on Fridays only, it serves up thick, white chowder just swimming with chewy goodness -- and then promptly runs out, because everyone wants some.
Once located Downtown in LA's since-vanished Frenchtown, and having relocated to Echo Park in the 1960s, this nearly century-old institution still serves up hearty French Basque country fare. Grab booth in one of the banquet rooms for dinner, order a bottle of French wine, and prepare for a feast of Ratatouille, Escargot cooked in shell, and bigger dishes like Duck à L’Orange (on Saturdays only), Braised Lamb Shank (Wednesdays), and Frog Legs, before finishing off the night with Chocolate Mousse or Crème Brûlée. The beloved Echo Park hot spot was even given a historic monument designation in 2021.
How to book: Make a reservation online or by calling the restaurant at 213-484-1265 for Friday and Saturday nights. The more casual lounge and bar take walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.