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A new (and fine) addition to the LA Burger list

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A new (and fine) addition to the LA Burger list

Briggs | Jul 30, 2005 03:56 PM

Gary Bric's Ramp in Burbank.

From the outside it looks like a 60's roadhouse cafe that you'd see in any small town, located almost under the 5 Fwy on Hollywood Way, north of Burbank Airport. Inside's like a downscale Taylor's from the 70s (before it became trendy and overpriced). In fact the ambience is half neighborhood bar, half cocktail lounge. IIRC, there are booths opposite the bar area, with tall cocktail tables (for dining) between the booths and the bar. TV sets are over the bar and kitchen doors, and both were on. As for the burger:

Wow!

I don't know how it compares to Morton's, but I can safely say that it's up there as one of my favorite burgers in LA. It's what I think of when I think of a steakhouse burger: huge, charbroiled perfectly and a steal at $5.50 - including a choice of fries, soup or salad! I ordered mine on an English muffin, and it erased any lingering memories of Thai-American's late, but no longer lamented offering. The clam chowder soup would not make one forget Providence, and while it was a little gummy in texture, it also tasted perfectly okay. Service was fast and pleasant. While there are no free refills on soft drinks, the waitress comped a refill since she felt I had a longer than usual wait to place my order.

In the end, Gary Bric's Ramp really is a simple neighborhood steak joint, as are places like Petrelli's & Columbo's (and pre-90s Taylor's). Meaning a great burger really should be available at any of them without having to go across town (depending on location) to Father's Office, The Counter or Pie n Burger. As a comparison, I way preferred Gary Bric's Ramp's burger to both The Counter and Taylor's.

I'll probably check out the steaks at some point, which seem to be in the $11-15 range.


Gary Bric's Ramp
7730 North Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505-1039
(818) 768-6499

Link: http://www.garybricsramp.com/251649.html

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