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Engine Co. 28

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  • WLA Jul 1, 2002 11:10 AM
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We had to be near downtown last Thursday so decided to have dinner at Eng. Co. 28 for the second time in the past year. It is on the east side of of Figueroa, (644) between 7th and Wilshire.

It's a very handsome place with one of the original fire poles still coming down through the, very high, ceiling.

The food is good if you stick with the basics. My wife had the meat loaf, (huge portion-she took most of it home) which is a bit spicy and quite flavorful in a Cajun like style. It comes with mashed potatoes, steamed spinich and a brown gravy.

I tried their Copper River salmon. It came with roasted potatoes, two types of tomatoes and three thin aspargus spears and had a butter and white wine sauce.

The salmon was a bit overcooked, but not badly. It just didn't have enough wild flavor.

Our son tried the halibut with risotto and a red pepper sauce. The fish was fine, he finished the whole thing, but at 14 he would have been happier with fries instead of the risotto.

I had their crab cake starter. Three of the smallest little round balls of crab I have ever seen for $8.50. My wife's Caesar salad was a better choice.

Next time I am going to stick with the chili, which they are well known for, or the meat loaf.

My biggest gripe was the bloody mary. It was ok on spice, but I could not taste any vodka, and the size of the glass was pretty small. I should have gone with my instinct to get a beer.

Worth a visit if you are in the downtown area. We made a reservation, but it was pretty quiet on a week night at 7:30.

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