There are sundry, solid reasons why Gary Bric’s Ramp ranks high on my list of favorite dining places, but the special appeal of the restaurant is continuity

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The immense choice beef steaks are always cooked to order, tender and tasty, the seafood fresh and perfectly prepared and presented. Even the soups and salads are remarkable, and the service is always excellent. With each satisfying visit, the Palate remains more in open admiration of Gary Bric’s unpretentious Ramp Restaurant and Bar on the unlikely Hollywood Way lot twixt the north and south entrances to the I-5 Golden State Frwy. where L.A. figuratively collides with Burbank near Glenoaks Boulevard or a tad or two beyond Bob Hope Airport.

Omnipresent Bric is the cordial proprietor of the cozy place where everything is done to make a visitor feel welcome. The setting is intimate, the bar drinks are swell but, finally, it’s what Gary puts on the plate for the dining dollar that makes this special. Every time. You can go twice beyond the cost of lunch or dinner at the Ramp and not find higher quality or more generous portions of (especially) beef, fresh fish, and fowl. A recent lunch began with a thick chicken soup followed with a platter piled with Ramp fries and onions over a juicy 8 oz. Cullotte cut open faced sandwich style, complete. I devoutly downed every tender morsel and, if there’s a better noon-day deal around, tell me about it. Of course, I could’ve feasted on jumbo Shrimp, blackened Catfish, Red Snapper, top Sirloin, Filet Mignon, or a 1/2 rack of BBQ Baby Back Ribs instead — but there’s only one Cullotte cut per steer and there’s just something about the texture and flavor that turns my appetite on full-blast at any hour.

Refreshing libations flow at the convivial full bar and Gary stocks an impressive array of California vintages. Some are available by the glass at your table. The off-beat location makes Gary Bric’s Ramp a more likely dinner destination, and the adjoining comp self-parking lot is usually filled to capacity in the evening. Casual is the keyword; come to unlax and re-fuel on appetizers such as Escargot or fried Calamari, a savory garlic cheese bread loaf, Shrimp cocktail, stuffed Mushrooms, and so on. Tempting beef entrees come steaming from the broiler, there’s fresh daily fish including Halibut, Pacific Swordfish, Orange Roughy, Broiled Lobster Tail, Atlantic Salmon, and New Zealand Sea Bass as well as chicken, pasta, and daily specials of duck, veal, pork chops, and more. If you don’t find something to your liking on this menu, you just aren’t hungry. Get the message?

A cuff note. Gary and Shelley Bric are great holiday party hosts and The Ramp has a separate party room for your special holiday gathering. Check it out.

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