The Cannibal Butcher Shop & The Expo Line

The Expo Line’s westward expansion to the Pacific Ocean is complete. Starting at noon today, the Expo Line will have seven new stops and a new endpoint at 4th Street in Santa Monica. Another exciting development for the Expo Line is The Cannibal. (How’s that for a segue?)

This butcher shop-slash-restaurant, steps from the Culver City train stop, is a recent transplant from New York City, and this week the butcher shop portion, headed by skilled butcher Tony Suarez, opened for business, selling cuts of meat, sausages and charcuterie, and sandwiches. The restaurant is set to open next week or the week after at the latest.

The sandwich menu at the butcher shop has some classics, like turkey, Italian, Cubano, but also interesting combinations like a roast pork in General Tso’s sauce with dry chile peppers and broccoli, like you’d actually find in a General Tso’s Chicken back East. The meatball sandwich has a kimchi marinara, and the Cubano is pressed within an inch of its life but packed with flavor (and pig’s head terrine)!