GORDON BIERSCH: A PLACE YOU'LL LIKE!
G ood Grub Given Generously & Graciously
O rders Taken With Dispatch; Filled Even Faster
R oasted Garlic and Chicken Pizza Terrific
D elicious Assortment of Appetizers: Try the Potstickers
O nly Quality and Satisfaction Requested and Given
N othing But the Best For Their Customers
B eer, Beer, Beer Found Here, Here, Here
I ndividuality in Style and Design
E verything You Could Want >From Their Menu
R elax – They Give You Lots of Attention
S oups – Salads – Sandwiches! Something Sensational
C reate Your Own is on This Menu
H urray! For G.B. and Their Fun Atmosphere.
The place is large: one-third is bar-lounge area with four wide-screen TV's overhead, playing every sport possible; the other two-thirds is in two separate rooms with steady, piped-in music. If it's quiet you seek, Gordon Biersch, in downtown Burbank, is definitely not the place for you. But if you want a menu that reeks California Modern at very sensible, affordable prices and you love beer, then G.B.'s may become your hangout. This location is part of the Biersch chain of twenty-two throughout the country, although California claims six of their own – the closest one in Glendale.
You'll find yourself getting in the groove quickly for everyone around you appears to be enjoying themselves, totally. You get an immediate feeling that those mighty vats of beer in your vision ahead are calling "Welcome to our friendly brewery".
Adam, our server, was Johnny-on-the-spot with water and a loaf of bread and butter as we were seated. Drink orders taken, we began to peruse the menu. It's enormous, divided into fourteen "Starters", ten "Salads", seven "Sides", seventeen "Main Dishes", fourteen "Pastas and Pizzas", six "Sandwiches", and five "Desserts". Too much overchoice? Not at all! Simply variety of every sort in every department, creating delightful anticipation.
We began with the "Brewer's Feast Sampler" for it took much of the appetizer guesswork out of our hands by providing sample tastes of their signature starters: calamari (B), glazed chicken wings (A-), crab and artichoke dip (B+) and Southwest egg rolls (B+). They added a few shrimp and chicken potstickers to our plate and those were the best of all for the combination of hot mustard and Asian barbecue sauce create all the necessary heat which only a glass of any of their diverse beers can quench. For the non-drinkers among us, do try their raspberry tea and/or lemonade. All the above at $14.95 was enough for three to share. We split their wedge salad: a healthy quarter of a huge iceberg topped with crumbled blue cheese and bacon with either bleu cheese (the real thing) or Marzen vinaigrette. Truly enough for two at $5.75.
So many entrees to choose from, but we both settled on the salmon. Mine was barbecued with more of that spicy, delicious Asian sauce accompanied by a balsamic grilled red onion (A+), spinach (A+) and sweet ginger rice (B-).
Fran selected the Cedar Plank Pecan-Crusted salmon, served directly on the cedar plank with seasonal vegetables (A) and Jasmine rice (B+) My cut of salmon was one or two minutes overcooked; Fran gave hers two thumbs up with a big broad smile at the distinct flavor. Both orders were under $19 each.
Adam's attentiveness and fine service need to be duly noted. From what I saw, everyone was being attended to with dispatch and care. Don, their genial manager stops by to inquire about your thoughts on the food. Nice, little touches in a very large restaurant.
This is not the place for a rendezvous nor that quiet, charming place to relax, sit back and be pampered. But it is a beer hall in the most modern, up-to-date manner with an array of good food at sensible prices which will have you coming back again and again. And when you order their fabulous potstickers, be sure to tell 'em Joseph sent you.
Gordon Biersch 145 So. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank CA 91502, Tel. 818-569-5240 Dinner for two approx. $40 w/o alcohol www.gordonbierschrestaurants.com