Make your way around the K-Town bar scene for an evening and you might just find yourself craving some late-night grub. To sate your hunger with quick, "elevated gastro-pub" food, the Lock & Key cocktail bar is debuting a sidewalk-side food window, Lock Box, which soft opens this weekend.
Walk up to Lock Box to pick up bites large and small that are just a bit above the typical burger-stand fare. Stand-outs from chef Jose Reyes’ menu include a banhi mi chicken sandwich with picked vegetables, mixed greens and Sriracha aioli or the Lock & Key burger which presents as an angus beef patty topped with pickles, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, bacon, onion and cheese on a brioche bun. Their salad offerings seem particularly great since we’ve all at some point noticed how hard it is to find anything healthy after normal dinner-hours, when suddenly it seems like all that’s available is pizza or fries.
In a press release, the Lock & Key team state that they’ve noticed a greater flow of nighttime foot traffic of late and, in particular, more people coming and going from the nearby Red Line Metro stations. So maybe consider taking the train to your next night out and grabbing some take-away on the way home.
Lock Box will be in a soft-opening phase starting August 19. Regular hours will be Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm to midnight and Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 2:30am (closed Monday). Find the window on the outside of Lock & Key at 239 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles.