Surprise! Guess what popped up in town today? Top Chef Michael Voltaggio’s new sandwich shop, ink.sack.
As soon as I got the memo, I rushed down there to be the first in line. Unfortunately I was #4 in line – but hey, that’s still good considering when I left there were about 40 people deep.
Fact: I don’t really like sandwiches.
I know, I said it. Who doesn’t like sandwiches, right? I just hate filling up on bread – it’s not even that I’m watching carbs (if you know me, you’ll know how laughable that is). It’s just that I don’t want to get full on bread when I could be eating – say – eggplant parmesan.
Another Fact: Despite my hate for sandwiches, these sandwiches my new favorite obsession. First of all, the bread is GOOD. It doesn’t overwhelm the sandwiches, and on top of that, the sandwiches are small portions so you can even try 2 if you’d like. But more importantly, what comes on these sandwiches is not your standard turkey and cheese – try pork cheek, chicharrones, and pickled veggies. Mm.
Okay, enough is enough – onto the food!
The menu is small and approachable. Everything is under $6.
I ordered the Banh Mi (with the aforementioned pork cheek, chicharrones, and pickled vegetables). – $5
My favorite sandwich by far. Those crispy little pig skins are soooo good.
Second best was the C.L.T. with chicken liver mousse, curried chicken skin, lettuce, and tomato. – $5
This isn’t your standard Passover chopped liver – the liver mousse is where it’s at. Also, I have a problem with restaurants slapping shoddy tomatoes on a sandwich or burger. Check out these tomatoes – fresh off the vine. A+.
Be sure to try the housemade potato chips, too!
While you’re waiting for your sandwich, feel free to leave your mark on the chalkboard wall.
And like I would leave without asking Michael for a photo. I have no shame.
8360 Melrose Ave, #107
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Open W-Sun, 11a – 5p (or until they sell out)