In the golden age of Hollywood, the movies had meaning, the trains were Zeppelins, and the food was 24 karat. Chomp a more malleable meal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of elegant American eating at Traxx Restaurant, located on the eastern edge of downtown in Union Station.
Start off an indulgent dinner with mastermind owner/chef Tara Thomas’s signature jumbo lump crab cakes with chipotle rémoulade ($17) before crashing a freighter of flavor into your face with entrees such as the hanger steak with pommes frites, watercress, and herbed shallot butter ($23), hearty enough to satisfy both weary travelers and the locals who come for the airy patio and exhibitionist thrill of eating out-of-doors. Lunch at Traxx offers the same elegant New American dining as the dinner menu, as well as entree salads and sandwiches such as the prawn and endive Louis with tomato, avocado, and tarragon Louis dressing ($16), and a classic reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on New York rye ($15).
Though your Groupon cannot be used at the bar, you can use it on drinks ordered in the restaurant. Fortunately, the Traxx Martini, which features a romantic float of Dubonnet Rouge atop the timeless concoction, is the perfect way to perk up your palate while your food is prepared. Call to make reservations with soft words rather than a big stick.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only. Not valid on holidays.
Food & Wine listed Chef Tara Thomas among Los Angeles' brightest stars, and Traxx was featured in Town & Country magazine’s "Los Angeles: An Insider's Guide" and in Los Angeles magazine's "Downtown 2.0: Drinking Spots". Critics are wild about Traxx's atmosphere and savory fare:
- With lanterns hanging from the trees in the broad grassy courtyard, and the landmark train station's grand architecture all around, Traxx's patio is one of the great secret dining spaces in L.A. – S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
- And Chef Tara Thomas' crab cakes are among the city's best: Odd-shaped balls coated with Japanese bread crumbs and deep-fried to a golden brown. – LA.com
Yelpers give Traxx a 3.5-star average:
- I had The Best Piece Of Pork I've ever had here. It actually sprang tears to my eyes, it was that delicious. The beef my boyfriend had was perfect, too…Dessert. A pot du creme and a tart- we were in heaven! – Amani E.