Located in an unassuming Los Angeles strip mall adjacent to a Baskin Robbin Ice Cream shop is a Hipster’s hidden den…Trois Familia, where one can find the French Mexican food creations by none other than the Chef Bros…. Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Donatolo.
Trois Familia is truly a Hipster version of a Taqueria (a Taco Stand) with food fused with an odd pairing that meshes so well together i.e. French-Mexican food aka Mexican food fused with French food. The cuisine and the ambiance reminded me of Chef Ludo’s dinner pop-up days, LudoBites, when his dishes were experimental, because he wanted to expand his cooking. I think had been to 9 or 10 Ludo Bites pop-up dinners in the past so I am very aware of how Chef Ludo can transform ethnic dishes with a French twist. Anyway, I had a hunch that the food at Trois Familia would be extraordinary and it was at a high magnitude. Seriously….The French-Mexican food at Trois Familia is crazy good!
As mentioned, Trois Familia is in a mini-mall that isn’t exactly pretty on the outside..It’s ugly. The place does stick out like a sore thumb, because of the bold neon lights that flash “French Mexican Food.” It made me laugh out loud. It’s like a shiny beacon of light to lure you inside to eat…Think Alice In Wonderland’s…Eat Me….Drink Me. You know what I’m talking about.
On a weekday, I arrived to eat by myself, because that’s what I do for lunch sometimes. It was strange that I had to put my name on the sign-in sheet, but that how it rolls when there are no reservations taken. Lucky for me, as a solo diner, I didn’t have to wait long to be seated.
Inside Trois Familia are white picnic tables that are for communal dining. It’s not the place to bring strollers or babies or tiny kids. Generally, the restaurant dining area is set up like lack of a better example, a Taco Bell and you don’t have a choice but to sit with people you don’t know and it gets a little cramped almost elbow to elbow. There is no private table or a bar area to eat alone either, but who cares when you’re a solo diner. I found the arrangement nice to strike up a conversation with strangers and to unsuspectingly watch people’s reactions when they eat the French-Mexican food for the first time.
It’s no coincidence that I had the best service and the Servers were calling me by my first name. They could probably tell that I would love the food. Anyway, I ordered the Double Dekker Potato Tacos. Now you’re going to laugh, but it looks like one of those Taco Bell Gordita Crunch Tacos. It was so funny how appearances can fool you. At Trois Familia, Double Dekker Potato Taco is its rich, gourmet cousin on the French-Mexican side of the family. The shell has delicate crisp and then you have a mouthful of the best damn buttery mashed potatoes inside and you’re silently thinking, “Are you f-ing kidding me?!?!? These are THE best tacos in the universe.” The Beet Tartare Tostada was also magnificent. The flavors were balanced all around. The cornichon added that level of tangy it needed and the naturally sweet red beets were an excellent substitution for beef. You eat this and you forget that you’re eating vegetables.
Everything about the Trois Familia, the food, the staff, and customers is ecelctic, which is what I find fascinating. It’s just my style.
3510 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
French Mexican, $, brunch and lunch only, credit cards accepted, no alcohol, limited parking and plenty of street parking. No reservations, first-come, first-served, sign-in at the sign-in sheet hanging on the door. www.troisfamilia.com