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Engine Co. #28 -- pre-theater dinner (long)

Bogey4 | Feb 2, 200411:06 AM

Took the family to Engine Co. #28 before La Boheme Saturday night. They do have a free shuttle to the Ahmanson that works perfectly well. You valet park ($5.50) and the shuttle takes you right to the theater and picks you up right outside for a short ride back to the restaurant to pick up your car. Also, the waitstaff at the restaurant is very cognizant of the time constrainst theater goers face and move you in and out with good service and on time. Figure on an hour and a half for dinner, paying the bill, etc.

That's the good part. The downside was the food. We found it very ordinary. I had the osso buco. It was lukewarm, and bland. They use gremolata (which should be minced garlic, parsley, anchovy and lemon peel) but either they don't know what it is or don't add it at the right time to actually flavor the osso buco. My wife had one of the house specialties, meat loaf. It was a humongous slab of loaf, with a gravy that tasted of nothing but cumin. I thought it was an odd combination and didn't like the flavor particularly. It was also not hot. My daughter had the linguine w/ clam sauce. It was also very ordinary, with a sauce that was overly creamy and didn't have much clam flavor.

4 of us got out of there for about $130, not including wine and tip. I believe if I were to try it again, I'd go with a basic steak and potato. But then, if you're looking for beef, why not go to Pacific Dining Car, which also has a shuttle?

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