The recent Authentic Cafe posting made me think how long it's been since I had been to either Marix and aimless late afternoon driving in Santa Monica yesterday found us at the Westside location near the coast. It's hard to imagine that Marix opened in West Hollywood 21 years ago (and in Santa Monica 16 years ago) and is still going strong in both locations. Even harder to fathom is the idea tht the original opening almost ranks with Spago for sheer community excitment. But it's true. Mary and Vicki, the two owners, clearly know what they're doing. You would think most of us had never heard of Tex Mex, let alone not experienced it. But sizzling fajitas platters caught our imagination and I'm happy to report that Santa Monica is still delivering a more than decent job. For $2.95 more they'll add a house Caesar which has more anchovy taste than you'd expect and is quite tasty. The chips are fresh, the pico de gallo chunky and flavorful. House margaritas are $4.75 and tasty too. I still can't finish even a half order which comes to $12.50 if you add all the trimmings like beans, rice and cheese. (Wanted to try the house hot fudge sundae with fresh whipped cream for $4.95 but no room.) As with Granita, it still seems odd somehow to be so close to the ocean and not see any of it but there is the valet action to behold as they continuously squeeze more high end cars into a large postage size parking lot. And Carl, the manager, keeps a watchful eye on everything.