I had been meaning to go to AMMO for a while but had never made it even after a couple of changes on the kitchen helm, but I was recently invited in to try the new cocktail and bar bites menu. The new cocktail menu had gotten a lot of good press and it was definitely time for me to go.
I brought LAOCFoodie as my plus one, since we're tasting cocktails after all and I knew he could handle it!
We decided to both start with something "bubbly" and I ordered the Blood Orange Crush (Bele Casel Prosecco, Aperol, blood orange juice, fresh thyme - $11)
LAOCFoodie ordered the beer cocktail which, coincidentally, was just mentioned in an LA Times article about beer cocktails that morning:
Belgium Sunrise (Allagash White ale, Lindemans Lambic Framboise, frambeau liquor - $10)
Since we were invited to try the cocktails and the bar menu, we stuck with the bar bites for our dinner.
I already knew I wanted to try their not-mac-and-cheese, the baked penne with aged white cheddar, fresh thyme, and breadcrumbs ($8)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Emmenthal on country white with caramelized shallots ($6)
For some reason, our second round of cocktails were both "greenish". I ordered the Sage Martini with Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh sage ($11). LAOCFoodie got the Highland Fizz (formerly called the "Ver-bean-ya") - Tru organic lemon verbena infused vodka, tangerine juice, housemade ginger soda, mint, and bitters ($11)
We also had the Mini Burgers (they didn't want to call them "sliders") with grassfed beef and turkey with tomato, lettuce, and aioli ($8)
We disagreed on which popular greens we liked better, so we got both the Sautéed kale and the Charred rapini ($7 each)
To finish off, we go to the whisky cocktails with the Maple Leaf Rag (Black Maple Hill bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, bitters, burnt rosemary -$12) and the Citrus Fashioned (Willett 5yr. rye, lemon, orange, tangerine zest, maraschino jus, bitters -$11)
Having a weakness for blood oranges when they're in season, we got a blood orange tart for dessert.
Having never been to AMMO, I was quite happy with the cocktails and food we tasted. The cocktail menu pretty interesting and for the most part they were done well. AMMO should definitely be considered for a chill night out for cocktails in Hollywood, instead of fighting the crowds at the popular (read: packed) bar establishments. The bar bites menu is small but they are sufficient for what they are - bar bites. I haven't tried anything from the dinner menu, but I must say it looked enticing ...
1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038