My not-so-secret vice is a plate of baby back ribs and an order of the neon-orange garlic cheese bread at Burbankâ€™s Smoke House Restaurant, but the price of that dinner has crept up in recent years. Happily, this Toluca Lake mainstay, founded in 1946, is currently offering some specials that make dinner out much more economical. On Mondays, the Smoke House offers an eight-ounce prime rib dinner for $12.95. And if you donâ€™t mind eating early, from Monday through Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m. youâ€™ll get a 25% discount on any item from the regular dinner menu.
Best of all for wine drinkers like me, on Mondays and Thursdays the restaurant cuts the price of every bottle of wine on its list by 50%. Examples: Hogue Sauvignon Blanc, normally $19 a bottle, is $9.50 on Mondays and Thursdays. Thatâ€™s the price of a glass of wine at most restaurants. Or you could try a bottle of DeLoach Russian River chard for $16.50, normally $33. This past Monday we splurged on a bottle of Acacia Pinot Noir, normally $48, but it tasted much better at $24. It was delicious with that garlic bread.
The Smoke House,Â 4420 W. Lakeside Dr.,Â Burbank, 818.845.3731, smokehouse1946.com. L Mon.-Sat., D nightly, brunch Sun.