It didn't take us long to find our go to spot for comfort food in our neighborhood. Whether we're grabbing lunch out or ordering in while holed up at home, Cheebo has proven clutch in our first month of LA-living. When I say clutch, I'm talking awesome sandwiches, giant salads and impressive pizzas kinda clutch. With an extensive menu to satisfy all tastes, Cheebo mantains the quality of its food, even over a broad range of cuisine.
Located on Sunset, Cheebo is the big, bright orange building. The interior matches the bold, festive exterior, with big white spots painted to look like clouds over the lush orange backdrop. The environment sets a very casual tone and the menu suggests such straight-forward, traditional fare that my expectations are always satisfied. With plenty of local and organic ingredients, Cheebo serves classic and comforting food at its finest and without pretension.
Cheebo offers Fried Cheebo bread, their own version of the boardwalk classic, fried dough, and some fun appetizers and sides like polenta tots or salmon tartare. On my most recent visit, I had to try the Caprese salad which, to my surprise, was topped with a heap of creamy buratta. You can't beat that.
For lunch, both of my companions opted for the Eggwich. They'd both been won over by the egg salad sandwich on previous visits and couldn't justify ordering anything else. I scavenged a few leftover bites off my friend's plate and can totally see why. Egg salad doesn't normally leap off a menu at me, but the Eggwich is paired brilliantly with sun-dried tomato and served between two crusty pieces of sourdough.
My friends weren't the only ones who had their hearts set before they walked in the door. I had really enjoyed my Frescawich on a prior visit. What's in a Frescawich? I'm so glad you asked. This guy sports the perfect rations of prosciutto, mortadella, and mozzarella with a tomato basil aioli on a hearty, grilled focaccia roll. I could eat this for lunch everyday, but I'm tempted to go back for the Capresewich or a Brisketwich or a Porkwich or their B.L.T. with Avocado. I could just keep listing, but you get the point.
Everything was so good that I lobbied to try Cheebo's pizza for delivery the following night. I was expecting a let down. Sure, they make a great sandwich, but I'm a total snob when it comes to pizza (okay, I'm also a snob when it comes to sandwiches, and they passed that test swimmingly, so I should've known...). The pizza is actually really good. They really nail the crust and dress it up with some quality ingredients. My favorite so far has been the Pizza Fresca (essentially, a pizza version of the awesome sandwich seen above) which comes with tomato, arugula and prosciutto overtop a layer of fresh mozzarella. I'd encourage you to go for the three foot version (as seen below, sliced in halves). Also satisfactory have been the Homemade Sausage and Fennel and the Home Smoked Brisket Pizza which is topped with jalapenos and onions.
Last night, when ordering Cheebo once again, Angela added the number to her speed dial - a designation usually reserved for myself, her family and her closest friends. Well... welcome to the family, Cheebo.