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Food

Photos: Charcoal BBQ Serves Up Pulled Pork And Brisket Sandwiches On Melrose

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Now you can grab smoky, Kansas City-style BBQ sandwiches and craft beer at the second location of L.A.'s latest BBQ joint.

Just earlier this year, Charcoal BBQ began luring in hungry crowds with jars of bacon, piles of smoked meats and craft drinks to their Silver Lake restaurant. And starting today, they're serving up affordably-priced sandwiches featuring their Kansas City-style 'cue on Melrose at the corner of Formosa Ave. The new location is decidedly cozier than the first, offering a smaller, casual outpost for a quick bite and a beer (or bourbon) for lunch or dinner.

While Chef LT Crawford will be serving up dry-rubbed racks of ribs and other big dishes found at the first location for dinner at the new spot, the big focus at Charcoal Melrose is the sandwiches. The sandwiches include a pulled pork with jalapeno aioli and braised red cabbage, a wood-smoked brisket with white cheddar, caramelized onions and pickles, and one with fried chicken, sriracha white cheddar and kale slaw. There's even a hearty house-made veggie burger and a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese and tomato for when you feel like starting your day late. Available for both lunch and dinner, the sandwiches are all reasonably-priced between $5 and $7.

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Hark, I see BBQ (Photo courtesy of Charcoal BBQ)
There are also plenty of great sides like jalapeño cornbread and biscuits for an extra buck each, and BBQ classics like mac and cheese, pork and beans and potato salad for only $3. And, yes, you can still get a jar full of bacon for $4. You'll also want to save room for desserts like chocolate almond cake and banana pudding.

And to complement all of that low-and-slow smokiness, Charcoal Melrose will be serving up a range of craft beers (and a few non-craft), including Golden Road, Firestone Walker, Abita, and Anderson Valley. All the beers are priced around $4 to $5, which is rare in this part of town. They'll also be pouring a selection of small batch bourbons because... BBQ.

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The interior of Charcoal Melrose (Photo courtesy of Charcoal BBQ)
Charcoal Melrose takes over a portion of Bugatta next door, which is also owned by Anat Escher. You'll know the place by the massive neon "BBQ" beacon out front and the wall of wood for smoking stacked high on the inside. You can belly up to the stools at the counter or grab a seat at one of the patio tables outside to feast on the delicious smoked meats and sip your bourbon.

Charcoal Melrose is located at 7174 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 964-9494. 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., daily.