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Gary Bric's Ramp

Griller141 | Nov 26, 2005 11:08 PM

Alerted to this place by Briggs and Channel 9 as one of the best steak values around.
It's truly on a Freeway exit ramp - Hollywood Way at the 5 in Burbank. Exterior is understated to say the least.
Nice, if brightly lit, bar, with televisions at normal volume and lots of patrons. There are signs and a notice on the menu that cell phones are not to be used in the restaurant - "please go outside to talk". Actually a very nice policy. The dining rooms are small and wood paneled. Very reminiscent of a neighborhood place in New Jersey or Wilmington DE - or like Colombo's in Eagle Rock.
The food is pretty good, if you stick to the place's strength - steaks. The clam chowder is good and served piping hot; more potatoes than clams, but nice flavor and texture. Skip the fish and the non-steak specials. The less said about the fish the better. Rack of lamb is nicely done, but the ribs are nothing special.
But the steaks are every bit as good as Taylor's. Perfectly prepared with a fair amount of char, thick enough to still be rare in the middle, and nicely served. Not prime by a long shot, maybe a little bland, but big and lots of fun to eat. The onion rings are spectacular.
Wines are what you'd expect at a neighborhood place - mostly mediocre selections at @20-$40, though a few surprises (Dom Perignon at $165 and Caymus Cab at $99 - less than 2x retail).
The prices for the steaks are a bargain - $20-25, which includes potatoes, veggies and soup or salad.
I agree that this may be one of the best steak values around. I would say this is a cut above Damon's and about equal to Taylor's - if you're into size, the Ramp is better. Doesn't have the panache of either, however. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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