I digress...back to this post. Michael Voltaggio is the winner of Top Chef Las Vegas (Yay!!!) which was by far one the most interesting, contestant driven season that the show has produced; the brotherly competition, the quality of dishes shown, I was mesmerized, especially what came from M. Voltaggio.
With all the physical appearance of a rogue skateboarder showered in tattoos and bravado, his creations were the diametric opposite; delicate, fragile and refined....there was a level of respect that resonated through the screen, all the international influences were done right and that is hard to convey to an audience without 'Smell-o-Vision'. And he made for good TV, a personality that immediately evoked a strong affinity/distaste for, especially his confidence exuding his high skill levels and arrogance. Good entertainment for sure.
So unlike other openings, when he opened his restaurant Ink, it was an immediate blip on my radar. I enjoyed reading the reviews and guest experience, but ultimately, I'm not the guy who's terribly fond of sitting around for hours with high expectations of culinary entertainment and imagination gone amok in the kitchen, (although that's not what I think of him), I'm finding myself more and more leaning towards F&B of the casual variety, still intelligent, but less ego.
Cue in Ink Sack, Voltaggio's version of a sandwich shop, reminiscent of a beach city shack with vague overtones of 'X Games' design references, it has a unique menu that stands out with a rebel yell in a location that normally offers bloviated pomp with their persian lime infused tap and $17 hummus...
|Who the f*%k is Allen and why is he always taking my food? |
Changing my name to Alyn so more people can screw it up......
The service is fast casual, with a cute delivery schtick; everything is handed to you in a black paper bag with your name on it. And it's worth taking a good look at their menu, Ink Sack offers all the savory sandwiches du jour with twists and turns that make you wanna try every one (and you actually could at $4~$7 a pop) and their tempting House Made Snacks (Maryland Crab Chips, Pork Rinds) shows me that we have evolved our 'Subway' convenience culture into the New Millennium.
I ordered two sandwiches, the first being the 'Jose Andres': Serrano Ham + Chorizo + Lomo Sausage + Manchego Cheese. I think the Bread was supreme, great texture, crunch and all around a carb lover's dream. The sandwich itself was compact, but it had tons of flavor; the meats had enough of the oily goodness permeating every crevice and the abundance of lettuce condiments gave the illusion of healthy living... Overall, a decent sandwich, nothing extremely outstanding but satisfying and good for the price.
For the location, convenience, price and quality, I will definitely be marking this a 'go to' venue for something casual and light, when I don't feel like 'fussy', but still want 'special'.
Ratings (Out of Five Stars)