Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

Sometimes it really pays off to drive the extra mile. For example, my good neighbor David had never been to Gary Bric’s Ramp for lunch until I suggested the popular dinner house at 7730 N. Hollywood Way, about a mile beyond the airport at the Golden State Frwy in Burbank.

David was in for a pleasant surprise. Early afternoons, the Ramp is a respite for white and blue collar regulars who come to relax and partake of a salad from $6.95, a meaty sandwich from $5.95 or entrée from $9.95, plus daily fresh fish dishes, spaghetti, $9.95, and chicken specialties, $10.95, all served with homemade soup or salad and choice of potato or rice with a fresh veggie, in the full bar lounge or the casual dining room.

The Palate has been an unabashed admirer of amiable Gary Bric’s operational style since he took over a bar with chow and upgraded the place to a three star, full-service dining landmark voted “Best Steak House” in a reader survey. Gary is the ultimate independent restaurateur on the spot every day, well liked by his loyal staff and patrons. Regardless of the economy, he insists on only the best food and service with no cutbacks or lay-offs.

The Ramp’s dinner menu features 12 oz steak platters from $21.95 and chicken dinners, $14.95. The Palate favors the Piccata. There are scrumptious seafood dinners from $15.95, including 16 oz of frog legs, $18.95.

A party room accommodates up to 25 guests. Visit www.garybricsramp.com for info and reservations.

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