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ink.sack
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Today 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
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8360 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90069
8360 Melrose AveUSCALos Angeles90069
(323) 655-7225mvink.com
Sandwich ShopToday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Tiny next-door offshoot of Ink supplies a wide-ranging lineup of inventive sandwiches to grab & go.- Google
People talk about michael voltaggio, fried chicken, pork belly, the russian dressing and beef tongue
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Walter Macalma
reviewed 3 weeks ago
I love how when you google Ink LA you also see Inc.Sack which makes me laugh. Glad to know they don't take themselves too seriously over there because most $$$$ resty's in LA are pretentious, elitist who care more about the fame than the food. Though I don't quite get the concept behind ink. Collaborate to leave an indelible memory. Isn't that every experience? Anywho, you don't have to get it to enjoy their food. Rezy's are key here as they don't do lunch except for the separate Sack. I normally start with the food and end with the drink, but I'm gonna elaborate on the drink a little more this time. Amazing selection of sprits from aperitif, cachaca,pisco, mescal to go along with the standard stuff. Quite a few mid grade scotch's leaving my personal all time favorite Lagavulin as their top bottle. I don't quite get their pricing as Buffalo Trace is 12, while redbreast is 20, laga is 23. Prices seem to be based on the type versus real world value. Beer selection is small and overpriced. Cocktails are pretty interesting, but stray from some classic traditions. Stay away from the White whiskey drink, nothing can hide from the white dog. They use a lot of lime in their drinks, but to be fair they use the more rare kafir (would love to see things topped with the fingerling lime though) I prefer weeknights versus the crowded weekends, even with the reservations only policy. I suggest you try their sack first to see if it appeals to you as the food here is interesting, entertaining, but not necessarily hearty. I hate using modern twist or spin as descriptions, but things are precise here. This place and it's staff have a lot of accolade's and often times that leads to expectations. For the price and difficulty to get in I expected impeccable service and it brought that. I expected a little more from the décor, but it's definitely functional, it has an effect on the experience and not just on a "oh it's pretty" sort of way. Nice backlighting for ambiance and spacing for privacy and noice control. Bring the plastic as I learned quickly that since it's all tapas style serving nothing will fill this empty void inside me. On average I get 2 things to start and 1-2 dishes, skip the dessert and drink handily, so a hundo average is easy here. Come here without worry about money and you'll have a better time as sometimes the dishes keep coming. Oysters are fresh and classic in presentation. Charred Avocado is really cool concept, crab, almond sponge, smoked oil. Hamachi uses a smoked buttermilk and citrus to round out the opposing flavors since dairy and seafood generally don't mix. Potato charcoal uses a black vinegar which I've never had, but compliments the sour cream very well, perhaps some starch would take it to the next level. Lamb Neck with the fried egg bring a very country side sophistication and is plated pretty cool. I felt like I was in New Zealand on a farm on this one. Lamb belly is a completely different dish with garlic ricotta and is much heartier. Beef cheek a notoriously tough cut is braised for hours to soften it up to fall apart status. This one is filling. Beef Short Rib left me wanting more, more authentic pho broth. Despite some things I can overlook I have an absolute blast coming here. It's very unlike my home food scene which makes it interesting. Like some of my favorite restaurants it's about the experience and using food to take you on the journey, you will see why it's highly rated, locally, regionally and nationally. Chef Voltaggio deserves credit where credit is due (standing ovation).
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Dawn Martin
reviewed a month ago
If i lived closer or worked closer I'd be here more often! I love how small the sandwiches are so you can try a few. The the jose andres, aka “the spanish godfather” should be a must for those coming here for the first time. pastrami swiss cheese, house made pastrami, horseradish cream sauce, dijon is another favorite Cold fried chicken is good but I think only for once to try then get something else. Do NOT forget to pick up some of the watermelon or pineapple on your way out. You won't regret it!
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Matthew Gaskill
reviewed 5 months ago
Sandwich shop around the corner from Michael Voltaggio's ink. ink.sack is as adventurous as you would expect from the Top Chef winner. Lots of options including breakfast sandwiches. The sandwiches are a little small too only get one, but two is a little too much. One and a half per person is the perfect amount, so bring a friend and order three.
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YJ W
reviewed 3 months ago
I <3 sandwiches. Just imagine me as Joey from Friends but as a girl who will eat almost any concoction slapped between 2 slices of bread. That's probably why I arrived outside of ink.sack 30 minutes before they even opened one Saturday morning--but surprisingly, I wasn't the only one! The ratio of meat, cheese, veggies, & sauce to carbohydrates was extremely well proportioned in all 3 sandwiches. Each bite allowed the delicious flavors to meld together. The cold fried chicken really lived up to the hype as the chicken was still crispy, and the ingredients matched perfectly. The Reuben was my favorite! I had no idea that beef tongue could be made so tender and flavorful, and the Russian dressing was not overpowering or too saucy. Really, one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. The Jose Andrés was tasty enough, but was overshadowed by the other 2 sandwiches. Don't forget the chili pineapple or watermelon either, it's a really refreshing treat for the summer. I can't wait for my next visit to ink.sack to try everything else on the menu. Two thumbs up for Top Chef Michael Voltaggio!!
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Vickie Chan
reviewed 2 months ago
Michael Volatggio is definitely a top chef. Its only a sandwich shop, yet it was the best sandwich that I have ever eaten! I ordered the Bahn Mi which was a vietnamese style sandwich filled with lots of pork belly and a pate spread. I don't know what sauce was used, but it was absolutely delicious! The peppers inside the sandwich definitely added the necessary kick! The sandwiches are 4 inches and range in $4 to $6 each. While they are small, the sandwiches are definitely packed with lots of delicious filling. Makes for a great lunch. Prices are definitely reasonable for a top chef. (I am a huge fan of the show!) Its mostly a to-go place since there are only 2 bar height tables for standing only. If you want to meet Voltaggio himself, you'll need to go to his dinner-only restaurant, Ink, right next door. (Of course the prices over there are higher than the sandwich shop.)
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Trevor Winn
reviewed a year ago
This place is great! Loved the tasting menu with wine pairings. Ink can be found in a great area on Melrose with a knowledgable and hip staff. Expect unusual pairings that are surprisingly good.