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FoodieLisa Dec 30, 2009 01:05 PM

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?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: FoodieLisa Dec 30, 2009 07:35 PM

    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.

    1. Servorg RE: FoodieLisa Dec 31, 2009 06:25 AM

      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.

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        Harry Nile RE: FoodieLisa Dec 31, 2009 06:57 AM

        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.

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        Daily Grill
        612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          cls RE: FoodieLisa Dec 31, 2009 07:42 AM

          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.

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            globalgourmet RE: FoodieLisa Jan 1, 2010 12:45 PM

            Other than the decor others have mentioned, it's nothing special...and not cheap. You can find many other better places here on this board.

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              rednyellow RE: globalgourmet Jan 1, 2010 03:56 PM

              I've been a few times, never thought too much of it. Kind of bland. Nothing offensive. I'd call it food for seniors and cubicle workers.

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