Morrison, a classic sports bar, big brand in Burbank and Atwater Village – Daily News


I grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Which meant there was no way for me not to have the love of sports wired into my internal circuits. With Yankee Stadium across the street, you spend an inordinate amount of time in the stands of “The House That Ruth Built”. (I’ve even been there on school trips. The rationale? Baseball is all about math. I learned to calculate batting averages long before I studied long division)

That’s why I’m drawn, like a fan of a Yankee Frankie, to sports bars. And especially when my soul is boiling and I need the solace of a dozen or more big screens, all with games on them, a burger and a beer.

Recently after abandoning a mini-mall with no customers and a hostile owner … and a restaurant that was supposed to be open until 10 a.m. but closed at 6 p.m. (which is why business was slow; no surprise when you turn down customers!), I felt the need for a joint where I would be greeted with nachos and fries, fish and chips and chili dogs – and the Dodgers on a screen, the Lakers on another and the Clippers on yet another.

This is how I found myself with an ever-satisfying soul Morrison. Not “The Morrison” or “Morrison Bar & Grill”. Just “Morrison” – which sits on the edge of Glendale, Los Feliz, and Los Angeles. Pick all or part of it, as Morrison straddles boundaries. And indeed, the many large hanging screens seem to straddle all sports at the moment – I would really expect to walk around in a day and find cornholes or tiddlywinks on one of the screens. And thanks to “The Queen’s Gambit” series, we all know how exciting chess can be!

The website nails Morrison pretty well with the words “Burgers, Beer and Much More”. With “Much More” including sports of course, but also many tables of merry carousels happy to remake the world, and an open patio adjoining the car park. Which might not be the best place to watch USC and UCLA football – but they certainly rock on a hot evening, with the “homemade burgers” in hand, juices oozing out, too. big in most cases to bite without making a bit of a mess.

Sit inside and chew yourself surrounded by sports memorabilia cases; someone seems to be a huge New England Patriots fan, and thanks to them for adding a Patriots Super Bowl game ball to the cases.

There are other honors found on the website. Including the pride that various sites have named Morrison “Best Happy Home in LA,” “# 7 Restaurant in America” ​​(according to Yelp), “Best Bread Pudding in LA,” “# 1 Gastropub in LA,” “# 1 Burgers in LA”… and “Best Pet Friendly Restaurant in LA”. Which is a lot of weight to carry for such a relaxed joint. Morrison does it with ease.

Also with a lot of unexpected flair.

  • Here’s part of Morrison’s outdoor dining area at Atwater Village. (Photo by Merrill Shindler)

  • At Morrison’s Atwater Village location, sport is always on the menu at the bar. (Photo by Merrill Shindler)

  • An autographed soccer ball marks one of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victories. (Photo by Merrill Shindler)

  • A giant pretzel is served with melted cheese and a trio of sauces. (Photo by Merrill Shindler)

  • Morrison presents one of his honors in front of the Village Atwater site. To be sure, there are a lot more kudos to be found on the Sports Bar website. (Photo by Merrill Shindler)

The best burger on the menu is a $ 25 concoction called “The One”, made with American Kobe beef, shallots, aioli, truffle oil, truffle peel, buttered lettuce. , Port cheese and grilled mushrooms, with a side of fries. Kobe beef? Shallots? Truffle oil and peelings? Hell, this isn’t a sports bar burger, this is a fine dining restaurant with a famous chef in the kitchen – Michael Mina, maybe, or Gordon Ramsay.

It’s not the only gourmet burger on the menu. For $ 20, you can get an Angus beef patty cooked in white truffle oil, this time with blue cheese and caramelized onions. I have to tell you: this burger sounds even better than the Kobe model.

There’s also a Classic Burger, with a Thousand Island dressing, a trio of sides on sweet Hawaiian buns, a burger that includes a slice of sliced ​​filet mignon, a breakfast burger with a fried egg. and a pancake, a Monster Mac Burger with mac and cheese, a turkey burger, a veggie burger from LA, a shroomer burger and a patty fudge.

They all come with fries; almost everything here comes with fries. I’m surprised that cheese fries with bacon jam don’t come with fries. (And let me point out that the $ 1,000 tomahawk steak, wrapped in gold foil, at Nus’ret in Beverly Hills doesn’t come with fries – unless you get a separate order for. $ 15 more!)

The rest of the menu follows pretty much the same exercise – dishes that pair well with beer and sports, like barbecued ribs and Red Hot Morrison wings, a “gourmet” NY pretzel with a caramel sauce, nachos and fried Brussels sprouts.

Many dishes are accompanied by a beer suggestion – Belgian Golden Ale or stout with “The One”. But honestly, with a good game, a Monster Mac in hand, and the gracious staff there to serve, any beer will do.

After a bad start, my evening was close to perfect. It’s amazing how happy a Pilsner can make me. And when the Rams get back, I bet the place is out of control. In a great way.

Merrill Shindler is an independent Los Angeles-based food critic. Send an email to [email protected]

Morrison

  • Evaluation: 2.5 stars
  • Address: 3821 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818-843-0227; 3179, boulevard Los Feliz, Village Atwater, 323-667-1839
  • Information: www.morrisonrestaurant.com
  • Food: Classic sports bar, with classic sports bar cuisine, including loads of big burgers, and plenty to share, with big screens everywhere!
  • When: Lunch and dinner, every day
  • Details: Complete bar; no reservations
  • Prices: About $ 20 per person
  • Suggested dishes: 6 Appetizers ($ 10- $ 26), 12 Burgers ($ 16- $ 25), Fish and Chips ($ 19), 4 Tacos ($ 13), BBQ ($ 18- $ 29), Ribeye Steak ($ ​​25) , 6 Side dishes ($ 8- $ 12), 5 salads ($ 9 – $ 15)
  • Cards: MC, V
  • What do the stars mean: 4 (World class! Worth the trip from anywhere!), 3 (Very excellent, if not exceptional. Worth the trip from anywhere in Southern California.), 2 (A great place to go for a meal. Worth the trip from anywhere in the neighborhood.) 1 (If you’re hungry and it’s nearby, but don’t get stuck in traffic.) 0 (Honestly, not worth it. speak.)


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