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Reviewed by: Toni Kervina
Quell that four-alarm fire in your belly at Sixth Engine. Set in D.C.'s first firehouse (Engine Co. No. 6), the fun decor and comfort food just serve to reinforce your sentiments about a man in uniform. The resto is a joint venture between Jeremy Carman, Gavin Coleman, Paul Holder, Paul Madrid, and Tim Walsh (Town Hall, Dubliner Irish pub). The interiors are patriotically inspired, with navy and red walls, exposed brick, American flags, and carved eagles. Vaulted ceilings with large windows add depth, while vintage photos of the firefighters from the late 1800s add context. From the menu, order one of the hearty entrees, like grilled tenderloin with black truffle and maderia jus, chicken and cheddar-thyme pot waffles, or lobster tortellone with gruyere. It's all accompanied by a nice bar program, featuring cocktails with names like The Battle of New Orleans (bourbon, absinthe, orange bitters), along with eight draft beers (including Star Hill Wee Heavy). --Toni Kervina