DIO fan Matteo has long boasted of the burger at Bar Melody out by LAX. It’s his go to spot pre travel. We make no pains about research for our show. Burgers and dogs could be our thesis. Today we had to make an airport run & have found our way here. Burger ordered, stay tuned…….
Please know that Westchester CA is not the most scenic area of Los Angeles. It’s kinda, urban. Let’s say it’s Up And Coming. Amidst metro squalor is a hole in the wall. Bar Melody has red velour wall paper, tin roof and dimpled upholstery on the bar facade. It has a lobster claw tank that you would find in a carnival. Only this has real lobsters. I was sure some one had stolen the sawdust from the floor. And yet there was more beneath the surface. On one corner of the bar top two soccer moms discuss the price of avocados over a reasonable priced Sauvignon Blanc. Opposite them car salesmen claim that ciabatta makes a better sandwich bread. Over their heads is putty filling in bullet holes. A cross section all walks of life. Los Angeles.
The planes going in and out of LAX rattle the roof like a train would a roadhouse saloon. I was certain that I heard landing gear graze the roof. That loud. Loud. All part of the charm.
The bartender is extremely amiable, and pours a great PBR. Discussing the menu and the recent turnabout of the dive to dine attitude of Melody, he had me at “farm to table”. The menu had rice bowls, bacon wrapped dates, pot stickers, salmon tempura and ingredients making a Foodie google. It offers entrees, sides, starters and smart salads. We were focused on the sandwiches. Mmmmmm. Salmon Club Sandwich with pesto mayo. The Melody Burger! Carmelized onions await, on a pretzel bun to boot. We mowed down a plate of steak fries with bacon, gorgonzola and truffle oil. Sriracha on hand to assist. We hit the lobster mac and cheese hard. Wait a minute, isn’t there a tank by the pool tables that……forget about that. The burger was all I was promised. Sweet potato fries and house special aioli on the side, ooooh, Mercy. Bar Melody has all the comforts of a dark east coast bar with the food sensibility that Angelenos regularly photograph.
Matteo was right. This place is fantastic. Like much of the City of Angeles, what’s revealed beneath belies the exterior. You’d drive right by Bar Melody on the way to the airport but you’d really be missing out. Great burger, great bar. Happy Lunching.
|9132 South Sepulveda BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90045(310) 670-1994|