I was introduced to Melody Bar after my friend had his 30th birthday here. There was food that was brought out, but I was too busy crooning to check it out. Plus it was bar food. Why would I want to eat that? Because of my narrow minded thinking, I never got to enjoy some of the best bar food ever…until later.
When I say bar food, I mean food that is served at a bar. There are a lot of restaurants out there that happen to have bars. Melody Bar is first and foremost a bar, a watering hole. It’s a great place to grab a few drinks with some friends, but don’t be fooled by the bar atmosphere. This is some good eating.
Herbed Gilroy Garlic Fries. Garlic is something that you can never have too much of on a dish.
These chicken sliders are delicious. I order them every time I stop into Melody Bar. The sliders are accompanied by a buffalo dipping sauce, but I like this the way they come out of the kitchen.
Remember when I said this place was a bar first? That makes it pretty tough to take photos. Here are the pork belly skewers glazed in a rasberry chipotle sauce.
Bacon wrapped dates. Everything wrapped in bacon is a must.
This is the mac n’ cheese. It is probably the dish you will hear most about from people that have eaten at Melody Bar. It’s cheesy, warm, and all around delicious. If you are going to order one thing here, I suggest you try this. It’s like sex, except you will be having it.
Melody Bar isn’t just known for its food. They have quite a few things going on any given day of the week. There is something for everyone. Karaoke, beer pong, stand up comedy, live bands. If you prefer to shoot some pool in the back, you can do that too. If you’ve been to this bar before, go back. A lot has changed recently. The new owners have taken it from “that dirty bar next to that suspicious looking massage parlor” into “that fun bar with awesome food.” The massage parlor is still there in case you want to check it out too.
I love this bar. It’s a straight shot down Sepulveda, perfect for layovers at LAX. If you’re ever at the airport early and contemplating getting a burger at In-N-Out, do yourself a favor and make your way across the street and check out Melody Bar instead. Grab a bite to eat and a beer. You won’t be disappointed.