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 Mountain Views News Saturday, August 6, 2011 


A Brunch to dine for.

Everyone has the favorite idea of the perfect Sunday 
afternoon. Some prefer the beach, others like 
to lounge and for me it’s sipping good champagne 
with a great meal. Madame Begue’s restaurant in 
New Orleans might be the initial restaurant to offer 
‘brunch” but many claim credit for the invention of 
the Sunday Brunch. The Sunday Brunch may have 
not been invented in Las Vegas but the act was perfected 

I truly think that life should be a celebration, time 
stops for no person, and before you know it, you 
are in your 40’s and writing in a newspaper about 
classic restaurants. That’s how I came upon Taylor’s 
Steak House in La Canada for this story on Sunday 

The area of La Canada sure has changed even in 
the last year, but the good news, the prices at Taylor’s 
have reflected little of that change. I made it 
a point to write the owner Bruce a note upon my 
exiting one Sunday Brunch, “Don’t change a thing.”

Old School is a term of affable endearment. Red 
leather booths, Marge as the server and of course a 
good stiff drink for under ($10). Elva was my server 
on this visit and she pulled a full bottle of “J” sparkling 
wine for ($28). Crazy - good!!! If you want 
to invest the day in the House Sparkling Wine, it 
is available too. With the first glass being on the 
house. So what is on the menu? A Classic Eggs 
Benedict ($13.95) a dish that is so good the originator 
Commodore E.C. Benedict would be most 
proud to pull a fork over. For omelet worshippers, 
the build your own at ($13.95) has local restaurateur 
David Yost in just about every Sunday when he 
is not working at one of his own restaurants. Fish 
lovers will rejoice on the Alaskan Halibut ($18.95), 
it is in season at the moment and fresh. If you compare 
the price to the regular dinner menu and that 
you are getting a complimentary glass of bubbly it 
is quite the deal. My Brunch companion was very 
pleased with the Poached Salmon and Hollandaise 
for (19.95). Also, for bacon aficionados something 
unique to Taylor’s is the hand cut Virginia smoked 
ham trimmed to bacon. It will straighten your tail 
with delight. Waffles and other morning food items 
are available. One additional recommendation, order 
the “J” Champagne off the regular wine list. If 
you love good bubbly and want to treat yourself.

History Taylor’s originally started on 8th St. in 
downtown LA; Tex Taylor started the clubby namesake 
restaurant location over 45 years ago. The 
downtown location is still going strong. Son, Bruce 
Taylor has since taken over the reigns and opened 
this second location in La Canada. Red leather 
booths, full bar and veteran servers, just like the 
good old days. 

Our server “Elva” did a great job of making us 
feel at home. The afternoon was worth the label of 
celebration. I will be back. 

Brunch Hours are from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Reservations are suggested. Open for Lunch and 
Dinner, Full Bar

Taylor’s Steakhouse 901 Foothill Blvd. La Canada 
(818) 790-7668

Log onto www.taylorssteakhouse.
for complete menu 
and prices

In the Next few 
months I will be visiting 
many an Old 
School Restaurants. 
So stay tuned to Dining 
with Dills on 
KABC Talk Radio 790 
every Sunday Night at 
5 PM. e-mail me at 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills

Just Arrived! New Shipment of Flax Sundresses

20% Off All Sale Items!

Special Discount:

20% off total bill per table

Not available for parties.

Peggy Dark & 

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

“From the Farmers’ Market to the Table – 

Fall Fruits & Vegetables”

Wednesday, September 14 3-5pm

 $45 Arboretum member/$50 non-member. Pre-registration required; 
please call 626.821.4623 or email 

 Our season will truly start with a highpoint! In 2002, Peggy Dark and Sue Campoy of 
Julienne’s helped us to inaugurate the Fresh cooking program at the Arboretum, and we 
are thrilled to welcome her back! 

 Peggy spent many years offering cooking classes in Pasadena, as well as the occasional 
cooking tour to Europe. As her three children grew older, she gained the opportunity to 
devote herself full-time to her lifelong fascination with the preparation of fine food. The 
Kitchen was born in 1984. 

 For over two decades, Peggy Dark of the Kitchen for Exploring Foods has provided 
exceptional catering to all of southern California. The Kitchen has received the Zagat 
Award of Distinction, and has been featured in the New York Times and on NBC's Today 
show. The extraordinary quality of The Kitchen's food, service, and presentation has ensured 
its reputation as one of the top catering firms in Los Angeles.





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