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Comfy Creole is Cookin' at Cirxa

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An inquiring palate needs variety in order to sustain itself; when we go out to dine we are often torn between heading to an old reliable, or venturing out for something new and different. And since variety is the spice of life, and cajun food is part of the spice of American cuisine (although that term borders on oxymoronic), we took the adventursome route and wound up in Silverlake's lovely Cirxa, where we enjoyed a savory dinner.

Tucked into a typical patch of Silverlake Sunset Boulevard real estate, Cirxa may at first escape the eye, as will their parking lot, which is thankfully located immediately behind the building and accessed by a narrow driveway. The inside is dark and accented with evocative artwork and a sort of mysterious bayou feel. An outdoor patio had some live music and what seemed like a boisterous crowd already soaked in the spirit. We took a table inside, and began to explore the territory of the menu. Cirxa offers traditional cajun and creole fare, including several dishes that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. After the extremely gracious waitress addressed our questions about side dishes (two from the list with each entree), and served our libations, we nibbled the potato chips provided for us in a little basket, drew on the paper tablecloth with crayons, and waited, mouths watering for the meal.

Our dining companions enjoyed the Cajun Meatloaf and a Creole Succotash Etouffee, while we treated ourselves to Duck in a cherry sauce. The garlic mashed potatoes were disappointing--a little bland and lacking the oomph we'd hoped for, but the coleslaw was tangy and fresh, and the cornbread a tasty mouthful. We ate until we couldn't take in another bite, and though our waitress kindly listed the many tempting dessert selections, we had to say no. We were glad we took a chance on Cirxa's comfy charms and vibrant Creole food.

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Cirxa: 3719 Sunset Boulevard, Silverlake (323) 663-1048