Michael Voltaggio's ink.sack sandwich shop is open.
Michael Voltaggio's sandwich shop ink.sack on Melrose is scheduled to open today. Sandwiches from $4- 6 dollars. They have a Beef Tongue Rueben on this menu that sounds great. Here is the menu link:
I'd get in line now if I were you. Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am to 5pm or till they run out.
8360 Melrose #107
Los Angeles, Ca. 90069
i've sampled four of them now.
Cold Fried Chicken - very good. well-seasoned chicken thigh that appears to have been cooked sous-vide before flash-frying in panko (very japanese in style). good ranch dressing. probably the best sandwich i had.
Spicy Tuna - also very good. chunks of albacore tuna in a siracha mayo with pickled cucumbers. the tuna was a tad on the firm/overdone side, but in a sandwich with the mayo, it didn't make much of a difference.
beef tongue reuben - this was ok. i've had better reubens from canter's, langer's, brent's, etc. on the other hand, it's basically a reuben slider for $5, so it's good for a taste.
chicken liver, lettuce and tomato (the CLT) - i was most excited to try this one, but it was actually quite bad. barely any chicken liver mousse (which was already mild to begin with where you could hardly taste it), and a piece of fried chicken skin that tasted like old rancid oil. good tomatoes and lettuce, but given the fact that you could barely taste the liver, i don't see the point.
i also had the compressed watermelon with siracha and lime. quite tasty and interesting. spicier than i expected. not sure i'd order again, but not bad.
size-wise, most people will need 2 or 3 sandwiches to be full, but the menu is priced that way (sandwiches are around $5 a pop). the bread is ok, though not great. certainly not really crusty like a baguette. more like a very well-baked dinner roll with just a bit of crispness to it. works well for a sandwich, but it's not a star like the bread would be for a to-die-for sandwich.
for the variety alone, i would recommend this place, but i wasn't blown away by any of the sandwiches like i was by the cold cut or asian sloppy joe banh mis over at the Spice Table. still, you could do worse than get 2 voltaggio sandwiches for $10.
The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA