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Martinis and Meatloaf: Engine Co. 28

rabo encendido (formerly Eric Archer) | Jan 10, 200511:30 AM

Second stop on this quixotic quest for good, "tie and jacket" meatloaf. The first stop, Musso and Frank's, failed to even serve meatloaf in the first place. Oops.

MARTINIS: They make a stiff drink here. Although not on par with Musso's (is anybody?), a pretty nice version. The second one was even better.

MEATLOAF: Enough food to feed a 300 lb. linebacker. Meatloaf itself is the size of a humongous brick, sandwiched between a mountain of mashed potatoes and a heap of sauteed spinach. Everything in a pool of gravy.

GF, the real meatloaf lover of the two of us, is not wild about it. Something about the flavor is off to her, and she likes her meatloaf crisped on the outside, cooked well throughout. "Too wet", she claims.

I, on the other hand, am quite pleased. Good gravy, loaf is juicy, meaty in texture (as opposed to filler-heavy). Good onion-garlic sting to it.

GF decides to cap things off with decadent chocolate-brownie sundae. Hog heavan. We won't be eating again for a week.

Engine Co is simple, firehouse fare (gotta try that chili some time) with a few Cajun-influenced menu items from the Louisiana-born chef. By no means a destination place, but a good stop before a show downtown. Chino Wayne---if you're in the area, worthy of a look-see for the meatloaf alone.

Engine Co No 28 Restaurant
(213) 624-6996
644 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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