Black Bagging It

September 21, 2011

in bakeries/cafes/dessert places, blogger meetup, lunch, sandwich

Earlier last month, I watched Los Angeles work itself into a tizzy over the opening of Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s gourmet sandwich counter. This afternoon I made plans to meet the lovely Esi there for lunch.


Ink.Sack is teeny tiny…


…with a matching menu (and prices)


There’s nothing vegan here, but vegetarians are able to get the “Maple Turkey Melt” sans meat, plus extra cheese as an option. I ordered the Cold Fried Chicken


Apparently the ranch dressing is made by spinning buttermilk in a centrifuge…


…I’ve no idea what the heck that means. But the sandwich is freaking delicious. And at $4 the price (and size) were just right.

Although the place was crowded, we didn’t have to wait too long at peak lunch hours. I was grateful, since I’d read about super long lines when they first opened…


…but be prepared to stand and devour


We wound up dining by the customer-created chalkboard art



Or you can just grab your food to go – in the appropriate colored bags (I’ll forgive them for spelling my name wrong)


Why does soda taste so much better out of a glass bottle?!?


I felt like an Adrien Brody commercial walking back to my car in that fancy ‘hood


The Voltaggio brother’s fine-dining restaurant ink. opens tonight a few doors down – maybe I can convince Esi to meet me there once I can actually get a reservation?

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1 Lauren September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Such a cool place. I love the chalk board walls and black bags. It’s those simple touches that really define and set apart these kinds of places.

2 Esi September 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I will ABSOLUTELY join you at Ink…if/when we get a reservation :)

3 Jen September 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Yum. Once again, I’m envious of LA food.

4 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

wanna do a housing swap?!?

5 Olga @ MangoTomato September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

how much fun!!! looks like a perfect casual lunch place. but where is a photo of Esi?

6 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

i know – the place was so teeny and rushed, i totally forgot to snap one of her.

7 Ida September 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

So cool! I loved the Volt brothers on Top Chef.

8 leftcoastcontessa September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I am dying to try ink sack! Glad it lived up to the hype.

9 Simply Life September 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

oh what a great place!

10 kacy September 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That place looks great! I actually love cold fried chicken :)

11 Diana Hossfeld (@DianaTakesaBite) September 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Super jealous of your ladies lunch! Would have loved to have joined you in Esi!

12 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

next time!!! we should organize!

13 Nancy September 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm
14 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

woah, what thorough research! thanks, nancy!

15 MarathonVal September 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Hey Lynn, just wanted to say hello! I am so behind on blogs (no internet will do that to ya) and I have about 48757 blog posts of yours to catch up on lol. Have a great rest of your week!! :)

16 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

hey val! i miss you!!!

17 gillian September 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

That place is about a block from me – and i had no clue Michael Voltaggio was behind it! I’ll have to make it there asap!

18 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm

yes, go! let me know how the other sandwiches are!

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