644 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 624-6996
Engine Co. No. 28:
The All Around Favorite
The Engine Co. has a menu of what I would call American grill. It has a wide choice of dishes at reasonable prices. A good wine and beer selection as well as superior service makes this my all round favorite.
This great restaurant, for some inexplicable reason, gets faint praise from the guidebooks. But every guest of The Inn who has dined there (and there are many) returned with good things to say.
The all around favorite Chinese
This unpretentious dining room has been the site for years of great food served by pleasant waiters. Often mentioned as one of the best, it is. While I would like to try others, when I want Chinese food, I can’t give up the opportunity for Yang Chow in order to experiment. The place often looks closed because of dark windows but don’t let that throw you. Inside it is light, clean and cheerful.
Union Station area
Traxx is a kick and a half because of its location right smack dab in the midst of Union Station, itself a worthy destination if you want to see the beauty that abounds in Los Angeles architecture. The food is innovative, but not too cute. Traxx has interesting flavors and presentations that you don’t run into every day.
22nd St. Landing
On the Marina
This place has a unique charm. The food, which is good and fairly priced, together with the setting adds to a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. It overlooks a modest little Marina in San Pedro which has a panache more intriguing than the Los Angeles County Marina south of Santa Monica. The energy here is more directed to boating and fishing than living the fast life. It is an absolute pleasure to sit at the windows–the length of one long wall -or the veranda and watch the small sailboats, kids in dinghies, and the day fishing boats return as the sun sets nearby. Add a great margarita, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail and life is good. Favorite dishes are the lobster bisque and the crab-Louie, almost as good as that of Frascati, gone decades ago.
I have to mention the trip from The Inn which takes you through the working port of San Pedro and the refineries which at night are lit like a gigantic Christmas pageant. The huge cranes are thrilling, all in all, a great evening.
The University Club at USC
The best restaurant on campus offers a full selection of wine and other beverages, and good food. To be completed next spring is an entirely new location even more convenient to The Inn
We love La Barca’s food. It is a neighborhood place with a real feeling of Mexico. Everyone eats here–locals, LAPD, college students and faculty. The area looks shabby but it is perfectly OK
Fast Food Haven
South of The Inn on Figueroa is what I call fast food heaven. In spite of this characteristic, there are good, modestly priced places to eat when you don’t have time, energy or money to “dine”
Surprisingly good pasta in an abundance of styles; salads and pizza. I don’t know of any better, except perhaps at far higher prices with $5.00 valet charges. The only drawback is kind of a big, noisy setting with not much charm. But then, you’re not spending a whole evening there.
This modest Chinese buffet is good. What else pan I say? There have been many days when I was hungry but uninspired to clean up or spend lots of time that this place has provided lunch or dinner, for under $6.
One of Los Angeles’ best–and most underrated–Mexican restaurants. Not a lot of atmosphere, but good food, great prices, and very convenient to The Inn.