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Sep 9, 2006 06:16 AM

Lunch at Traxx - report

I had a really nice dinner here once, but my friend and I wanted to check it out for lunch.

We went really early (11:30 opening time), and were the first there. It was fortunate we made reservations because within 15 minutes, the place was packed inside and out.

The bread was fresh - two kinds, the whole grain and the white. We each ordered a different salad: my friend had the spicy thai grilled chicken salad, with noodles, peanuts, mango, onion, cilantro and a spicy dressing. I had a bite. It was full of flavor! She liked her order a lot. I had the Waldorf salad with smoked chicken, Pt. Reyes blue cheese, apples, baby frisee & spiced walnuts, and a green apple vinaigrette. I finished everything except for the greens - there was too much of it. It goes to show, however, that we really had full, entree salads which were both very refreshing and satisfying, but not too heavy for a hot Friday noon.

We ended the meal with a chocolate praline tart. It was admittedly a bit too rich, but heavenly as chocolate should be.

Service was great and not overbearing at all. Food was quick. Despite a busy and open kitchen, Traxx is a great, relaxing place to catch up with a friend, have a power lunch, or dine after (or before) a trip.

A bonus: Free valet parking. Such a commodity in LA. We should get more of this, like in LV. I once paid $14 to park for a half hour in downtown.

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    1. re: jjbelsky

      Spicy thai salad: $17
      Waldorf salad: $16
      Dessert: $7

      Lunch for two: $40 (not including tax and tip).

    2. Really enjoy your posts, Chica. You report on some hot sceny places but in a food-oriented down-to-earth way.

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      1. re: nosh

        Thanks! :-) I hope it entices you to check the places out, too.

      2. Did you happen to see the posting notice that the restaurant will be changing at least part of its ownership, meaning Tara Thomas might have either left or will be leaving?
        Just saw the notice on the abc website where her name is no longer part of the ownership - hmmm!

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        1. re: carter

          Yes, in fact, I did see the huge yellow post-it-note-like notice on the window. It looked like an out of place citation. I hope the exemplary food and service doesn't change.