It finally happened…celebrity chef, and former Top Chefer, Michael Voltaggio just opened his newest venture, a high-end sandwich shop called ink.sack while we wait for his full-service restaurant, ink to open in mid-September.
Outside, you’ll see a long line of hungry patrons waiting to catch a glimpse of Michael Voltaggio putting the finishing touches on the sandwiches. Once you get in the doors, this vibrant sandwichery is buzzing with energy. The west wall is a giant blackboard canvas with some pretty elaborate chalk graffiti…grab a piece and create your own masterpiece.
The menu gives you a pretty interesting variety with prices ranging from $4 to $6: cold fried chicken with house-made ranch dressing and Gindo’s Spice of Life; spicy tuna with miso-cured albacore and sriracha mayo; bahn mi with pork cheek and chicharrones; the Jose Andres (a.k.a. the Spanish Godfather), which is serrano ham, chorizo, lomo and Manchego cheese; the C.L.T, with chicken liver mousse, curried chicken skin, lettuce and tomato; maple-pepper turkey; and the beef tongue Reuben. There’s also salt-and-vinegar and Maryland crab potato chips, compressed watermelon, and ice cream sandwiches.
Since I worked up a large appetite in the line, I decided on 3 sandwiches. Here was my meal:
bahn mi with pork cheek and chicharrones – delicious. The pork was tender and flavorful and the chicharrones were crispy.
cold fried chicken with house-made ranch dressing and Gindo’s Spice of Life – another excellent sandwich.
maple-pepper turkey melt – rockin’!
watermelon and mixed fruit with sriracha and lime juice – soooo refreshing!
8360 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069