One Final Thought
First, the Palate extends well deserved congratulations to newly elected Burbank Mayor, Gary Bric. I’ve admired him for his firm dedication and modest authority in all endeavors since we first met years ago when Gary acquired, and re-invented, The Ramp, a tavern with food as an afterthought that became a popular and awarded full-service restaurant at 7730 N. Hollywood Blvd in a unique space just south of Glenoaks Blvd. twixt the I-5 freeway ramps.
Value for our dining dollars has become even more important in today’s economy and Gary Bric’s Ramp continues to combine quality with economy. For the cost of an entrée at the fancy addresses, you can enjoy a full course meal here. Sure, Gary’s menu prices have inched up over the years but there’s no compromise on generous portions. A typical dinner steak is a full 12 oz. cut of tender, broiled choice beef served with soup or salad, choice of potato and fresh veggie, a fresh baked bread basket for around $21, and fresh broiled fish specialties with all the sides are priced from $15 to $18.50. Chicken or pasta dinners are mostly just $10.95. Can’t make up your mind? Check out the daily gourmet specials. The Palate approved a luncheon that began with home-style mushroom soup followed by a seafood stuffed Dover sole with abundant fries and green beans, $14.95. Sure, you can pay more for elegant décor and valet parking, but did you ever try to swallow a crystal chandelier?
At lunch time, there are meaty sandwiches with a choice of sides from $6.50.
Gary and Shelly Bric have plenty to be proud of but the team never wavers from making the Ramp scene even more inviting, so come casual and arrive hungry. Self-park and prepare to be spoiled. All dishes are presented with a smile. Too much good food for a single seating? No problem. Leftovers are cheerfully packaged by your server, but don’t pretend it’s a ’doggie bag.’
For refreshment, the full bar pours your favorite cocktails at popular prices. Relax while sipping a mean martini, tilt a cool brew or choose a vintage from Gary’s excellent CA wine list while munching Ramp appetizers including golden fried zucchini or escargot. The Palate craves their eloquent stuffed mushrooms, enough for two, $9.95.
A final happy thought – I’ll see you there, Mr. Mayor!