DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Engine Co. No. 28 is a Downtown Los Angeles favorite eatery and watering hole. Housed in a restored 1912 firehouse, on Figueroa between Wilshire Boulevard and Seventh Street, the restaurant serves classic American dishes inspired by the regional cooking of firehouses across the country.

Menu favorites include a signature meatloaf with mashed potatoes (the talk of the town), dry-aged New York steaks, Southern-style pan-fried chicken, crab cakes, Cobb salad, firehouse chili with sopapillas, corn chowder and a spicy Louisiana-style gumbo. Fresh fish is featured on the Firehouse specials menu. Don’t miss desserts like bananas Foster cheesecake, pecan pie, award winning double chocolate layer cake (recipe on and vanilla crème brûlée with berries.

The restaurant utilizes locally available produce, which allows it to “stay close” to the food it produces. Likewise, specialty beers from local micro breweries such as the Original Fireman’s Brew are a staple.

The restaurant interior is reminiscent of classic grills in San Francisco and New York with mahogany booths, white linen table cloths, a granite bar and the original fire pole. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed; the service friendly and attentive. Many have worked at Engine Co. No. 28 since its opening in 1989. The lively bar offers the perfect escape from the daily grind — classic cocktails, tap beers and an extensive wine list.

Engine Company offers on-site catering for meetings and special functions as well as a complete take-out menu for dining at home.

Engine Co. No. 28 is at 644 S. Figueroa St., (213) 624-6996 or Open Mon.-Fri. 11:15 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sat. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Valet parking after 5 p.m.

Cuisine: American

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