Destination: Los Angeles
That’s right folks! Finally, I get to take you into the heart of the city of angels.
Los Angeles is home to countless types of restaurants. Just drive around the city and point; you’re bound to point at a restaurant of some kind. So, when I had to head into the big city recently, I did just that. Although, I used the internet to help me point, it was relatively the same thing. One of my girlfriend’s friends flew into Los Angeles on her way to Texas a couple weekends ago. As it turned out, she was staying at a hotel for the night near LAX. Since she didn’t really know the area that well, we offered to take her out to a nice restaurant. However, it was a restaurant to which we had never been.
Say hello to Truxton’s American Bistro. This restaurant truly, has it all. I mean, just look at the menu. It’s filled with all sorts of different kinds of food. From the beginning, two things pleased me about this restaurant. First, the location was ideal for me. It is situated along Truxton Ave. just south of Manchester and just east of Sepulveda. So, that meant that I didn’t have to deal with the heavy volume of traffic around the airport. Great start. Second, the prices were very manageable, no matter your budget. These two things sealed the deal for me. We arrived at the restaurant around 6 or 6:30pm. The place was not too crowded and very open. You wouldn’t think it from the looking at the outside, but there was plenty of room to move around, in a restaurant in L.A. The atmosphere was casual and contemporary. I liked the place the moment I stepped through the door.
Then came the food. We sat down and perused the menu thoroughly, asking each other repeatedly, “So, what’re you gonna have?” There was a lot from which to choose. We finally made our decisions and waited for our waitress. By the way, I did dig on the service at this place. Our waitress was very attentive for the most part. She was cheerful, helpful and alert, all good qualities for any member of a wait staff. She came, took our orders, and we waited patiently for our food.
The first thing we ordered arrived. It was a plate of fries. Okay, so don’t shoot me. I like my fries. I know, fried things are not all that healthy for you, but I cannot resist. You’ll see why. The plate arrived, and there before us was a half-and-half plate of goodness. Half of the plate was filled with garlic-parmesan coated regular fries, and the other with delicious sweet potato fries. Now, these latter ones seem to be gaining in popularity recently. It seems that every restaurant I go to has a version of these on their menu. Well, some are not at all very good. They leave you wanting much, much more. I can honestly say, that these did not do that. I was supremely satisfied with this plate. The garlic-parmesan fries were replete with garlic-parmesan goodness. The taste stayed with me a while as I chewed and enjoyed. Then, rinsed and repeated. The sweet potato fries were heavenly. They were slightly crisp on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. The sweetness of the potato burst into my mouth the minute I sank my teeth into them. To make things even better, these things tasted great cold, too. Fries don’t normally do that. They get cold; they get nasty. Not here. Very enjoyable.
Next came our mains. I had Truxton’s “famous 11-spice brisket.” It came with red skin smashed potatoes and horseradish cole slaw. Now, mind you, I have never had a cole slaw with a horseradish base. I’m used to a mayo base and maybe some black pepper sprinkled in there for spice. This was different. But, I digress. The brisket was stupendous. They served it with a small dish of barbeque sauce, but I don’t think they need to. The meat was so tender that I could cut it with a spoon. Yes, I said a spoon. I didn’t use a spoon, but I could have. It practically melted in my mouth upon arrival and as I chewed each of those 11 spices sang a chorus of “yums” to my taste buds. There is not another brisket in my experience that can be compared to that. It was great. The potatoes were very good, too. While they were potatoes, the fact that they were red potatoes says a lot about the quality of the chef. Red potatoes have a distinctly different flavor than russets. As do yukon gold’s, but that’s another story. I like these, but there was nothing special to report. They were good, now let’s move on. The cole slaw was quite interesting. Like I said, I’ve never had a horseradish based slaw like that. The flavor was enticing and I found myself going back over and over, just because I couldn’t believe slaw could taste like that. It was good, and I like it. I think I’m going to have to search for that recipe. If any of you have it, please share.
My girlfriend chose the avocado burger. Sounds simple, yes? Well, at Truxton, the flavor layers pile on. It’s sort of their thing. And, their burgers are no different. This one had a half-pound of lean Nebraska beef that was rich and hearty and extremely tasty on its own. The natural juices filled the meat with a beefy flavor that sent a satisfying “ahh” to your brain. But, when you start tasting the toppings that come with it, the volume only goes one way, up. This burger is loaded with fresh avocado slices that are thick and ripe. There is fresh-made guacamole under that and two different cheeses, pepper-jack and provolone. But, we’re not done. There are also hearty beefsteak tomatoes, shredded lettuce and a chipotle-mayo sauce. No wonder they call this thing the “Ultimate Avocado Burger.” It surely is that. She got this monster with a side salad that came topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette. That dressing was amazing. I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure before, but I’m surely glad I was introduced that evening. It was sweet and tangy all at the same time. It wasn’t too oily and felt light on your tongue. That’s what healthy eating is all about, yes? Yes! Flavor and goodness!
Our friend had the turkey plate, which you’ll find in the “Healthy Alternatives” section of the menu pictured in my slideshow. It looked very well done. I can’t speak to the flavor from my own experience, but I can say that she didn’t leave much on the plate. So, I can only come to two conclusions. First, she was really hungry and it didn’t matter what she ate. Or, two, the food was just that good. I am going to go with the second option based on two criteria. Everything else I tried was great. The flavors were layered intricately and with such a care for complementing each other that there was true skill there. And, the friend is from Hawaii. That’s a culture that loves its food. And, from what I understand about Hawaiians, if it don’t taste good, they don’t eat it. They will politely say no thank you, but they will not eat it. So, based on that, I”m going with the “It tasted good” option. Her plate came with some grilled mixed vegetables, a light pesto sauce, which I did taste, and a fresh tomato salsa on top. It did look good.
So, the trip to Los Angeles was not a bad one at all. I have nightmares sometimes about the ugliness of the airport area, and any time we have to go that way, we hate it. But, this trip, was quite pleasant. We had a good meal, some good conversation, a great atmosphere and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I would like to say that this is a great little restaurant. I am a little surprised that I had not noticed it before that night, but better late than never. If you’re going to the airport for any reason, you should allow for some extra time and make the trip to Truxton’s. You will not be sorry you did. Oh, and if you’re used to dining at the restaurant in LAX, you’ll save yourself a few pennies too. In fact, you’ll save yourself many of them. Enjoy, my faithful readers. Eat well, and live long. I will see you all again very soon.