Basix is the slightly more upscale sister to Marix around the corner. She is a bit prettier inside and serving a greater variety of items of seemingly better quality. Basix is not Mexican food. The menu skims through several culinary regions but everything is tasty. They serve very large, entree size salads that are a fusion of fresh and diverse ingredients. The Apple Chicken Salad is one of the best. Served 'chop' style with large chunks of chicken, apple, celery, blue cheese, bacon and assorted garden lettuces. Tossed in a light creamy dressing the salad is anything but light. Large square pizzas are served on papery crust and are delicious but not superior to pizzas found at Vito's or Bossa Nova. I would recommend them as a starter for a group as opposed to an entree for one. It isn't that they aren't tasty, but that they offer only the one flavor and it can get to be a bit much after the second piece. A favorite of regulars and myself is the turkey meatloaf. I dream about this dish. Thick, juicy, slabs are bathed in a delicious gravy and topped with sun dried tomatoes. Served with buttery mashed potatoes and perfectly steamed broccoli. I could eat two plates if I had a stomach big enough. Portions are always generous and for the quality the prices are more than fair. Basix has a full bar and pours good drinks. Wine and beer selection is above average. The mood is subdued and pleasant. An outdoor patio is always packed, however I never sit there. It is ruined by the continuous traffic grinding along the street on Santa Monica Blvd. It is truly unpleasant when busses go by. I wish they could find a way to make that area more peaceful. A real shame.
Marix is not set on impressing. The food is your basic Mexican food done American style. You know the kind - drowning in yellow cheese, sour cream and marginal guacamole. However, I've been there about a hundred times and it was on about visit 90 that I discovered the shrimp enchiladas and I've stuck with them since. A short flirtation with the shrimp diablo ended after repeated fire-in-the-hole awakenings the next morning. The shrimp enchiladas are the one item on the menu bursting with bright zesty flavors. Everything else just tastes bland. No kick. I always start things off with a pitcher of their house margaritas. They will kick your you no what so no need for pitcher they call Kick A _ _! You guzzle this down while you stand in the bar waiting for your table. And it is a pleasant wait as Marix is home to the most hunky, handsome, pretty, rough and coifed boys you'll find. It is like an International Male catalogue convention was taking place next door and this was the closest haunt they could all find at the lunch break. Once you finally get a table order some Queso to dip your warm chips. A real treat and almost a meal in itself if you get too piggy. Don't order the ice cream fried in cornflakes. They always try to sell this and I think it should just come off the menu. Choose Marix for a great time with your best friends and be sure to walk or have a designated driver if you'll be drinking.
I giving a 4 not because the food is so great.... But because the restaurant is.... Been coming here for many years.... usually sitting in the same spot.... the waiters are known by name and this is more like friends you don't hang out with.... just brunch friends.... The staff has been the same since i can remember... Which tells me management cares about them... and they care about the customers... we always order the same thing and its o.k. nothing spectacular from a culinary standpoint ... Its just nice to sit outside and eat at the same place and see the same people and order the same food at the same restaurant at the same time and day.... week after week.... I guess its a staple in our routine There's no other place that could get us to do this . If they started killing it on the food, I probably wouldn't even know it..