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Thoughts on Traxx?

howdy...
fiance is coming into town next weekend and someone told me about Traxx down at Union Station. Thoughts?

jess

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  1. Traxx is pretty good, solid, contemporary American dishes; unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any must-try "signature dishes" and of course, it has the disadvantage of being classified as a transportation-stop restaurant even though its fare and prices are decent. But definitely worth a check-out if you haven't been (it also comes with free valet... well, except for tips)

    ~H.C.
    http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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    1. re: AquaW

      the location seems pretty interesting... i think we may go for a drink at the cocktail bar there and order a salad and some appetizers. it looks like a romantic place to be.. very classic and unchanged.

      1. re: Jaybay

        the bar and dinning are in totally different area. don't really care for bar area but if its only for a drink..i guess it will do. however, i do like the dinning area.
        service is little slow

    2. Good solid fare in a wonderful setting. I've been many times...as H.C. noted there are no signature dishes, nothing stands out. Yet I have never had a bad meal and I often return. You know what you are going to get and you get to dine in perhaps the greatest building in LA, in my not so humble opinion. Many love to eat outside on the patio, which is lovely. I always like to sit in the lobby of the station. Both are better than sitting inside the actual room of the restaurant.

      The bar is indeed right across. The fries at the bar (and the restaurant) are terrific.

      1. I don't know if it qualifies as a "signature dish", but Traxx's Waldorf Salad is excellent, and not something you find in a lot of restaurants (other than cafeterias, I guess).

        http://www.traxxrestaurant.com/

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        Traxx Restaurant
        800 N Alameda St Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. I've done lunch at Traxx and flipped over a Green Chile Chicken Posole that they serve. It was a delicious lunch.

          1. Been there twice for "events" on the patio and twice more for dinner. Really like the food and the location is unique, especially for out-of-towners. I'm a fan of Union Station anyway and the place is a hoot. We especially enjoyed the Crab Cakes, some of the best I've eaten in LA. We sat in the area just outside of the restaurant in the "station" proper. It's certainly worth a visit.

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            1. re: Steve2 in LA

              went to traxx last night and order the crab cake. I thought the meat inside was edible, but what was up with the fried outside? I ate it like it was a baked potato---scrapping out the meat from the "shell". And to lay it on top of a mayonnaise-like sauce was just gross. if its good meat, then you don't need sauce.
              i thought my beet salad was wonderful, as were the mussels. however, the service was slow and the bathroom filthy---definitely not a sight to see before you've eaten.
              Traxx taught me a message---fried doesn't neccessarily mean good. in fact, i think its there to cover up something thats bad.

              1. re: Tempted

                I'm confused. The menu says "Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Chipotle Chile Remoulade". How was the remoulade (the "mayonnaise-like sauce" you talk about) a surprise to you then? Most crab cakes are at least pan-fried (and deep-fried like a croquette is not unheard of), and they're always served with remoulade, though I have to admit that chipotle remoulade sounds a bit offish to me.

            2. It's been awhile since I've eaten there, but recall that the food was good, solid. The location is so historical and beautiful, you just can't beat it for that reason.

              1. There are better restaurants in town, however....
                the food is respectable and ambiance is unique.

                1. They do a good Caesar salad.

                  1. I stopped there a few months ago. They totally blew the service. Had a glass of wine, ordered a salad, wanted to wait and see if I was going to order an entree, wine came - food never did "check"! I would have been OK if they comped the wine - they didn't - Be Careful!