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Help, lunch at TRAXX or Engine Co No 28?

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joschus Jan 10, 2008 06:03 AM

Hello. I'm taking 2 friends out to lunch and we've not been to either restaurant. The few comments on here sound OK for both. If you've been to either lately, could you please leave a comment as to the food and service etc? Thanks very much.

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  1. Clare K RE: joschus Jan 10, 2008 07:50 AM

    Engine Co. 28 has been mediocre to bad when I've been. I've never been to Traxx, so that might be a better option. At Engine Co., the food is really thoughtless and the service is done in a coma. For example, if you ask for "no olives" in a salad, the salad is brought with tons of olives. They'll happily remove them when you point out they forgot, but it's still annoying. Waters are rarely refilled, and I had the worst beef carpaccio I have ever had there. Covered in mayo, no kidding. Any chef who covers beef carpaccio in mayo doesn't know what he/she is doing.

    Try Traxx.

    Clare K.
    http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot...

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      Debbie W RE: Clare K Jan 10, 2008 09:10 AM

      Really, that bad? We've been to Engine Co. 28 a couple times in the last year for pre-theatre dinner and it's been fine. Competent service and competent food. Any special requests were handled properly. Not a destination restaurant. We're going again pre-theatre next week. We keep struggling for a place that has reliable shuttle service and decent, not super expensive food, that my husband and I, and my parents in their 70's who are our theatre partners, can enjoy without stressing. If we have problems next week I'll report back.

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        MeAndroo RE: Clare K Jan 10, 2008 09:51 AM

        While I don't agree with Clare on the service being bad at EC28 (our iced teas were never more than half empty before they were refilled), I do agree that the food isn't worth what you'll be paying. Granted, I've only been once, but that was the general consensus around our lunch table. We got there at about 11:15 specifically to avoid a rush, and I'm glad we did.

        If you DO end up at EC, word on the street is that they do comfort food better than more risky dishes. Maybe my downfall was ordering the crab cake sandwich.

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: joschus Jan 10, 2008 09:41 AM

        The "feel" and pace of the two, particularly at lunch, is different; 28 has much more a feel of being full of people eating business lunch, talking business, and not necessarily paying much attention to their food; Traxx is more leisurely, generally.

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          aventinus RE: joschus Jan 10, 2008 10:51 AM

          I have to say that I have had mixed experiences at Engine Co No 28, but the vegetable plate, as boring as that sounds, is exceptional.

          1. johnnyshungry RE: joschus Jan 10, 2008 02:14 PM

            I have lunch @ both and agree w/silverlakebodhisattva both different feels during lunch.
            I enjoyed my last lunch a few months back at Traxx, by sure chance another couple who are very good friends were also having lunch then ran into 3 other friends who had also decided on lunch at Traxx, small world sorta thing.
            service and food good and pretty much had the place to ourselves very relaxing as where ec28 will be a bit more bustling with office workers, plus union station is a tad romantic/nostolgic.

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              PayOrPlay RE: joschus Jan 10, 2008 04:39 PM

              Personally I found Engine Co rather boring (and would certainly agree with the suggestion to go with the comfort food) while Traxx is more entertaining--one of the great settings in downtown LA. Others' opinions of Traxx vary widely, however, and I gather that both food and service are inconsistent. I like to sit inside the terminal and watch the crowds while eating, but others have expressed distaste for the riff-raff that can wander through, I always put in a plug for the Waldorf salad.

              1. susancinsf RE: joschus Mar 11, 2008 08:04 PM

                A colleague and I wanted a place for a light dinner and a drink or two after a meeting in a building next door to Union Station, but didn't want to move our cars, didn't know the neighborhood and were heading in opposite directions after dinner. We both love Mexican food and thus were both afraid to try Olivera Street, so Traxx was our solution.

                We ate out in the courtyard area....with the beautiful, balmy evening weather, waning (or is it waxing?) moon, trees, grass, QUIET, and the great Station building behind us, it was one of the more relaxing settings I've dined at in a long time. They know how to make a good martini, the beet salad was nice (roast beets and Humboldt Fog cheese: some things are cliches because they are good), and the crabcake was spicy and good. I'd definitely go back for a business lunch or dinner.

                1. susancinsf RE: joschus Mar 11, 2008 08:05 PM

                  meant to add a link to my post...

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                  Traxx Restaurant
                  800 N Alameda St Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                    rickym13 RE: joschus Mar 12, 2008 10:45 AM

                    only been to dinner to both places but i like traxx over ec28 for food and decor

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                      AquaW RE: rickym13 Mar 12, 2008 01:39 PM

                      Ditto (been to dinner only @ both but much prefer Traxx)

                      ~H.C.
                      http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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