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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 26, 2014 


A Brunch to dine for. Still. (Repr

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 there.

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 Brunch.

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 

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 for complete 
menu and prices

This article was originally published in 2011.



1 cup (6 ounces) uncooked orzo

6 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths

2/3 cup bottled Italian dressing

1 (4-ounce) jar fancy pimientos, drained and diced

8 cups torn salad greens

4 large ripe plum tomatoes, sliced

12 small balls fresh mozzarella

1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained

8 thin slices baked ham, cut in half lengthwise

16 long, thin breadsticks

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook it according to the 
package directions, or just until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the beans to the water for the last 2 minutes 
of cooking. Drain out the hot water, rinse the orzo and beans under cold water, and drain again 
well. Return the cooked ingredients to the pot. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing and the pimientos and toss 
to mix.

Arrange the salad greens on individual plates. Divide the tomatoes, cheese, and artichoke hearts 
evenly among the plates and then drizzle each salad with the remaining dressing. Top each salad with 
a helping of orzo.


If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or 
Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling 
peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were 
packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses 
between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes 
the products may be contaminated with Listeria 

Costco, Trader Joe's, and the Walmart Corp. -- 
which operates Walmart and Sam's Club stores, 
have all posted notices about the fruit recall on 
their websites. The recall is nationwide, according 
to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential 
Listeria contamination, the FDA says. The facility 
was shut down and sanitized; subsequent tests 
have been negative for the food-borne illness.

"We are aware of no illnesses related to the 
consumption of these products," Wawona 
President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement. 
"By taking the precautionary step of recalling 
product, we will minimize even the slightest risk 
to public health, and that is our priority."

Trader Joe's has urged customers not to eat any 
of these stone fruits -- meaning fruits with large 
pits -- and to return them to a nearby store for a 
full refund.

In addition, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has 
recalled several of its baked goods that contain 
fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes 
cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries. For a full list, 

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can 
cause Listeriosis. The most common symptoms 
of Listeriosis are gastrointestinal issues (such 
as diarrhea), fever and muscle aches. Pregnant 
women, infants, older adults and people with 
a weakened immune system are particularly at 
risk for a more serious infection, according to the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates about 1,600 illnesses and 260 
deaths are caused by Listeriosis each year in the 
United States. Overall, outbreaks have been on the 
decline since 2001, but the largest in U.S. history 
occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a farm in 
Colorado sickened 147 people and killed nearly 
three dozen. The farmers responsible recently 
were sentenced to five years' probation, including 
six months of in-home detention.

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