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When is a Chain Restaurant not a Chain? Truxton's

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When is a Chain Restaurant not a Chain? Truxton's

lil mikey | Sep 9, 2009 02:57 PM

Brunch on a holiday like Labor Day can prove challenging in Westchester. All the breakfast/brunch places are packed, so you’re left with places that don’t offer breakfast, but open a little early for lunch.

Truxton’s opens at 11:00, so it filled the bill.

I hadn’t been to this restaurant since it was a Chinese restaurant years ago. They’ve done a nice job fixing it up, including an open wood ceiling, open windows and opening up some of the walls. But the upholstery, furniture and carpet look a little like a chain. And I noticed they only have scrambled eggs in their weekend brunch – a sure sign of premade egg mixture.

But we were there for lunch.

The tortilla soup was flavorful, and thankfully not a salt bomb. It went well with the monkey bread, which was flaky and had savory melted yellow cheese on top.

But the winner was the BBQ brisket sandwich. The meat was chunky, tender and very juicy, a welcome change from brisket I’ve had elsewhere. The BBQ sauce was very flavorful, more vinegar than sweet, and the coleslaw on top was crunchy and vinegary... a little too vinegary, given the non-sweetness of the BBQ sauce. The bun was fresh and served to soak up the juice from the meat.

Overall, this sandwich was considerably better than expected, especially given the chain-look of the menu. I plan to be back when I'm in the area to try other dishes.

Service was very good, with many servers standing the floor, presumably waiting for the normal lunch crowd.

Truxton’s Bistro
8611 Truxton (Off Manchester btwn La Tijera and Sepulveda)
Westchester
(310) 417-8799

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Truxton's American Bistro
8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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