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Smoke House Celebrates 70 Spectacular Years in Burbank

This past Tuesday evening The Smoke House Restaurant celebrated it’s 70th year here Burbank with specials and offers that patrons got to take advantage of, that night and all month long.

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Pictures are the MC for the evening Kat Kramer and Co Owner Marti Spencer. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The evening had local celebrities and dignitaries make presentations to Marti Spencer, co owner and to her late husband Lee who passed away only weeks ago but was present in spirit.

Dinner tabs were reduced 70% and bottles of wine only $7.00 The top selling item of the night was their Famous Garlic Bread that was included with almost ever order.

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Actor Ronnie Schell is joined by Eric Foster Chairman of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and Dawn Well of Gilligan Island fame. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The stage program was MC’d by Kat Kramer and Marv Robertson entertained. Long Time customers  Dawn Wells former Gilligan Island actress along with Actor Ronnie Schell who appeared on Gomer Pyle show called raffle ticket numbers throughout the night.

A giant cake was cut and offered to everyone in attendance along with  complimentary champagne.

Staff photographer Ross Benson was on hand to take pictures of the celebration and some of the guests.

 

 

 

Burger Review: Smoke House

It was great to have an excuse for having to go to the Smoke House.

smoke house 1Face it, if you have lived in Burbank any length of time, the historic restaurant is known for their amazing prime rib and something else….that’s right, the garlic bread!

What’s funny is that all the years that I have gone to the Smoke House, I had never tried their burger. This was going to change today.

Yes, on their menu, it was there, the Smoke House Filet Cheeseburger. It is described as a freshly-ground filet, charbroiled, topped with cheese and served on a sesame seed bun. Works for me.

smoke house 4Once the burger came it looked great, the bun and patty looked to be of good size and there was even a side of thousand island on the plate. Not sure why so many of you hate the thousand island when I mention it but haters will be haters!

The burger comes open faced on the plate with a leaf of iceberg lettuce, which is so much better than romaine because of the crispness, as well as a surprise that is not mentioned on the menu, onion crisps! There was also tomato and onion included, but no pickles.

smoke house 3While I asked for medium rare and it was cooked that way, after the first bite I noticed that there was not the usual juice associated with burgers.  It was fresh, just not real juicy. While I did not see it being cooked, I know some chefs press down on patties while they are cooking and much of the juice leaves. The patty was somewhat flat, although it was still good size. Another thought is that because it is made of filet, maybe it just is not juicy.

After about halfway done, the bottom bun began to crack. While it did not completely fall apart, it was still a balancing act to eat and keep it together. The patty was lying directly on top and while there was a small amount of juice, it seemed the cracks were not caused by it.

Overall the burger was good, but I just can’t give it a great rating, especially for the $14.95 price. The flavor was not outstanding, probably because of the juice, the bun was iffy and it just did not have that wow factor. I really did like the onion straws as a welcome surprise but the next time I go back to the Smoke House it will be for prime rib, the best in town.

smoke house 2Side Notes: The well done fries were cooked great and had a nice crispness to them. I also ordered some cole slaw and it was fresh but the cabbage was a little large. It was juicy and had a nice large portion.  Of course we had to get some garlic bread.  If you have never tried the Smoke House garlic bread than you need to make a special trip over there and get some.  They also sell it to go!

Smoke House is located at 4420 Lakeside Dr, Burbank, Phone: (818) 845-3731.
Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am till 11 pm and Sunday 10 am–2:30 pm, 3:15–9 pm

Smoke House receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Above Average)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

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Smoke House Restaurant Begins 68th Year In Burbank

Guests, waitress, cooks, and Bartenders Celebrated Smokehouse's 67 years in business. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Guests, waitresses, cooks, and bartenders celebrated Smoke House’s 67 years in business (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Smoke House customers, friends and employees celebrated their 67th Anniversary on Thursday evening, October 10. The bar was packed to capacity and the famous Smoke House garlic bread aroma filled the air.

The Staff of the Smokehouse thank all their loyal customers and friends for all the great memories. Looking forward to another 67 years. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The staff of the Smoke House thank their loyal customers and friends for all the great memories. Looking forward to another 67 years. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Smoke House was founded in 1946 at the corner of Pass Ave. and Riverside Dr. in Burbank. The original restaurant seated 46 guests and was the hangout for many actors from the golden aged of Hollywood and dignitaries including Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

The Red Coach Inn was located at 4420 Lakeside Dr. and originally built by Danny Kaye in 1947, but it never opened as a restaurant. In 1948, The Smoke House moved into its current location and the restaurant’s success has continued as has its slogan “Fine Food at a Fair Price.”

General Manager Israel Aviles, always at your service. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

General Manager Israel Aviles, always at your service. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Smoke House’s unique recipe for garlic bread is just one menu item that keeps loyal guests coming back year after year. The Smoke House is an independent, family-owned restaurant.

The restaurant is managed by Israel Aviles, who always provides excellent hosting and service, and runs smoothly with a loyal group of cooks, waitresses, bartenders and other staff. As a thank-you to customers, the Smoke House offers “1946 Prices and Specials” through the month of October.

 

 

Marines Invade Smoke House to Help With ‘Toys for Tots’

Smokehouse & Marines get together to bring more gifts for kids this Christmas. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank teamed up with the United States Marine Corps to help with their national ‘Toys for Tots campaign last week.

Toys were collected, filling two large buckets with donations still be accepted until the very last minute to make sure that no child goes without a toy from Santa at Christmas time.

The show will opened with the Marine Corps Color Guard bringing in the colors, the National Anthem as sung by Mark Sellers and a recitation of the World War I poem In Flanders Field to honor those who serve and those who fell in action, in all our wars. Pauline Talent, who began the Toys for Tots

Smokehouse & Marines get together for Toys for Tots, Mark Sellers read a poem In Flanders Fields. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

program in Burbank in 1950 will also said a few words about the origins of Toys for Tots in Los Angeles.

The musical group Starlight with vocalists Victoria Goodman, Amanda Leader, and Katie Norris also sung with Starlight’s four piece band,  who also performed Christmas music, jazz, blues and swing, with a tap dance by Katie Norris. At Band breaks Award winning entertainer Joe Skilton performed magic.

Smokehouse & Marines get together for Toys for Tots Where it all started. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Smoke House Teams Up With Toys for Tots for Patriotic Show

The Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank is putting on a Patriotic Christmas Show Thursday, December 15, for the benefit of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.  Showtimse 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

The show will open with the Marine Corps Color Guard bringing in the colors, the National Anthem as sung by Mark Sellers and a recitation of the World War I poem In Flanders Field to honor those who serve and those who fell in action, in all our wars.     Pauline Talent, who began the Toys for Tots program in Burbank in 1950 will say a few words about the origins of Toys for Tots in Los Angeles.

The musical group Starlight with vocalists Victoria Goodman, Amanda Leader, and Katie Norris will sing with Starlight’s four piece band, performing Christmas music, jazz, blues and swing, with a tap dance by Katie Norris. At Band breaks Award winning entertainer Joe Skilton will perform magic.

For restaurant information and reservations contact the Smokehouse (818) 845-3731. There is no cover or drink minimum for the evening.

Smoke House Celebrates 65 Great Years

Smoke House owners (L to R) Lee Spencer and his wife Marti along with General Manager Israel Aviles toast the Burbank landmark's 65 anniversary. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The Smokehouse was a buzz  Wednesday night when celebrities and local politicians stopped by to help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of   Burbank’s well known Smokehouse Restaurant.
Burbank Councilmen Dave Golonski and Emily Gabel Luddy were present along with Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge.  LaBonge presented the current owner, Lee Spencer, with a proclamation from the entire Los Angeles City Council.
The evening’s guests were treated to champagne and special prices. Celebrities from Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby,  George Clooney, and a slew of others have been seen there throughout the years.  Of course, one of the great things about the Smoke House is their specialty Garlic Bread — which they went through well over a couple hundred loaves during the evening.

The BurbankNBeyond video crew was on scene and will have a video out soon.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge stopped by the smoke house to present owners Lee Spencer and his wife Marti with a proclamation by the Los Angeles City Council. (Photo By Ross A Benson)