Finally, the day of our first Amtrak long distance train trip arrived. About five months have passed since I first planned this trip to New Orleans on Amtrak’s Sunset Limited Train. After all the researching and planning, today was the day. After my dad got home from work, we headed out to Union Station. After some confusion on how to enter the long term parking lot, we found the correct entrance, parked the car and took the elevator up to the stations east portal. We walked down the tunnel to the main station building where Traxx Restaurant is located. The restaurant is right next to the historic ticket lobby wing of Union Station. The hostess gave us a table “outside” which in Traxx’s case is the station building.
While we were looking over the menu, I started us out by ordering a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. The menu at Traxx is simple and single page, but contains quite a variety of items ranging from small plate appetizers sized dishes to full entree sized items. We decided to order two of the small plates and two main courses to share between the three of us.
Bread and butter were brought out to the table which gave my dad something to nosh on until the food arrived. Since we left the house right after he got back home from work, he did not have a chance to grab a snack like he normally does after he gets home. Our friendly and always smiling waitress explained the menu to us and asked if we had any questions regarding the menu items. I told her, that we were good and I and placed the order for the crab cakes, prawn louis off of the “small plates” section and the streak frites and the pork chop from the “large plate” section of the menu.
The crab cakes and the prawn louis arrived together. My mom almost sank her fork into the dish before I could snap a picture but I was able to stop her in time. Once the picture taking was finished, my parents and I shared the two appetizers. The crab cake was delicious and the proportion of crab meat to filler was excellent. There is nothing worse than crab cakes that are primarily cheap fillers. The prawn louis was clean and refreshing. The endive salad and the avocado worked well with the prawns and dressing keeping the dish light and refreshing.
Just as we were finishing up the two appetizers, the main steak frites AKA steak and french fries arrived. New plates for us to share the two main course dishes were brought out and the old plates cleared away. Steak was cooked medium rare perfectly, and the french fries were hot and crispy. Sauce was already on the plate but a little side of the sauce accompanied the plate. Shortly, the second dish, the pork chop was delivered. The pork chop was served bone in on a bed of spinach and a polenta cake on the side. The sauce for the pork chop which was described as “honey demi & fig balsamic drizzle” covered the plate. The pork was juicy and went really well with the sauce. The spinach was not overcooked and the hint of garlic was just right. I did not try the polenta so I can not give any review on it. The Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon, which we ordered at the beginning of the meal, paired really well with the two meat dishes. Even my mom, who normally does not finish a whole glass of wine had two glasses of the Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon. She asked me to write down the name, but I reminded her that it was 2014 and I had pictures.
To finish off the meal, we ordered one order of ice cream to share. Unfortunately the three of us ate about a 1/4 of it before I remembered that I needed to take a picture. My mom even put the mint garnish back on the ice cream to try and make it look as if the ice cream had not been touched in the picture.The gallery was not found!
Traxx is a nice little gem inside of Los Angeles Union Station. There is Traxx Bar, on one side closest to the station entrance and then there is Traxx Restaurant which is next to the historic ticket lobby. You can order cocktails from the restaurant and it will be brought to you from the bar, but I am not sure if the bar offers a full menu or not.
Prices are reasonable, the staff friendly and most importantly the FOOD IS GOOD!
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