Farm-to-table cuisine wasn’t much of a thing when Amy Sweeney opened Ammo back in the 1990s. The pioneering restaurant, which specialized in organic produce and other sustainable ingredients before it was cool, made its mark and was a mainstay on Highland Avenue for almost two decades before closing last year. Now, it’s back, but in a new location and with a transformed concept: Ammo-To-Go, a quick service spot serving breakfast and lunch. Don’t worry, they’re still doing the meatloaf.
“The new Ammo model is based entirely upon quick, healthy food on the go that is also local, organic, and delicious,” says Sweeney. “I wanted people to have a beautiful little space where they can drop by and pick up health-conscious, interesting food, quickly and easily.”
Ammo-To-Go debuted late last week on Melrose Avenue with a menu of dishes designed to travel well. Breakfast includes whole grain scones, quinoa bowls, and egg sandwiches while customers can choose from sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Longtime fan favorites, like the aforementioned meatloaf served with whipped potatoes, burgers, and Alexander’s Brown Rice are also available. There are grab-and-go options as well as cooked-to-order items—there’s no seating, so all food is packaged for take away.
There’s also a new chef. L.A. native Mike Garber, whose past creds include working with Neil Fraser at Grace and BLD as well as helping to open Union Restaurant in Pasadena, will be running the kitchen, which will also service Ammo’s delivery and catering business. Garber will soon begin utilizing the crops from Ammo’s garden to supplement the produce procured from local farms at the new spot as well as at their Hammer Museum location. Sweeney says they currently have a great harvest of chard, mustard greens, and arugula, but they’ve been battling it out with some particularly ravenous squirrels, and she admits, “the squirrels appear to be winning the battle.”
Along with the menu items, Ammo-To-Go also stocks a nice selection of snacks from Valerie Confections treats to housemade crackers and chips. Dinner service is in the works, too. Sweeney thinks the new concept will be a welcomed resource for the neighborhood, and she’s hoping to attract a steady stream of regulars.
“This has actually been something that my AMMO regulars have requested for years,” Sweeney says. “We are hoping to take this offering to a new level, while remaining accessible and affordable.”
Ammo-To-Go is located 6909 Melrose Ave., 323-930-2666. Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.