The only good thing about serving a long jury duty is being able to explore downtown restaurants. Yesterday I landed in the Redwood Saloon on 2nd between Hill and Broadway.
The median and mean age of people in the place (including the servers) is about 60 years old. Its bigger than it seems from the street, with a back room that I never even saw.
They have entrees like ravioli and steak, meal-size salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and nachos.
I chose the halfer with a cup of soup. The soup of the day was chicken tortilla, and it was actually pretty good. It was a fairly thick soup with a lot of shredded chicken in it. It was also a little spicy, just as I like it. It had tortilla strips over the top.
I chose the half corned beef sandwich, which was also pretty good. It was served on rye bread, and had a reasonable amount of corned beef. It wasnt a mountain, but it wasnt a slice either. It was about 5 thickish slices. The presentation was poor, though. It was just a half sandwich on a plate that was crying out for a side of coleslaw. But it was exactly what the menu said a half sandwich. They should have put it on a smaller plate.
Anyway, its pretty good food, totally off the beaten path and obviously populated by county workers and LA Times people (and a few jurors).
btw, the bar looks interesting, too. I wonder who goes there.