Engine Co. 28
Has anyone been there and what do you think? I am meeting some family and was thinking this might be a good place to meet. If not, any suggestions?
It's a bit blah. Most of the food is mediocre, although there are highlights like the chili, but those are few and far between.
Same vicinity and same price point, maybe consider Roy's or Magnolia.
It's comfortable. You can have a conversation without shouting. The food can be okay to good and the space is nice. We've always had friendly and efficient service.
Given the kind of place you're looking at, consider the Daily Grill ( http://dailygrill.com/ ), a spin-off of the long-famous Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, with some of the lower-cost dishes and desserts from that classic menu. The Flower St. location is only a couple of blocks from Engine Co. 28, and you can expect food that is well above "blah" and "mediocre." Instead of "okay to good," I'd call the meals I've eaten at DG "good to very good." The attractive dining rooms are often bustling, but I've never had to raise my voice to be heard. In some, I've found frustratingly incompetent (but friendly) service, and yet I seem to stop by a couple of times every year, anyway. A dinner made from their warm spinach and artichoke dip, charbroiled marinated skirt steak with shoestring fries, and strawberry shortcake is as good as it sounds, even better if you start with a well-made martini or other tongue-loosener. I haven't been to Engine Co. 28, but after looking at their menu and reading the comments from ipsedixit and Servorg, I'd take the Daily Grill first if I had to choose an attractive, medium-price comfort-food restaurant downtown.
612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
It is a great place to meet, the building and interior are a fascinating throwback. The food is OK to good, but given the style they serve, I consider it acceptable.