I was taken aback by the outside appearance. To begin with, the sign was only half lit. The building itself was a bit shabby and in need of a paint job. My wife and I walked right past the entrance the first time, since the front door isn’t clearly marked.
However, with its rustic brick and wood interior, this cozy steakhouse began to win me over. We were seated in a booth and were immediately offered an extensive wine list. Wine is served by the glass ranging from $4.75 for the house wine to $7.50 for Merlot, or you can also order a full bottle. Full bottles include champagne/sparkling wine ranging from $21 for Freixenet to $160 for Dom Perignon. White wines, including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, are from $18 to $33, and red wines including Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, from $22 to $99.
We both ordered iced tea, but my wife also ordered a glass of Merlot ($7.50) to drink with her meal.
For appetizers, the Ramp offers escargot ($10.95), steamed and fried clams ($10.95 and $6.95 respectively), fried calamari squid steak ($10.95), and stuffed mushrooms ($9.95), among other items. My wife was in the mood for calamari, and I ordered garlic cheese bread ($2.95 half order, $4.95 full order).
The cheese bread was not very garlicky, but was buttery, very cheesy and was quite delicious. Lightly battered and lightly fried, the calamari was succulent and not at all rubbery. The calamari was smothered in butter and garlic with a cocktail sauce on the side for dipping.
The menu boasts, “Gary Bric’s Ramp proudly serves only the finest USDA Prime and Choice or better Eastern corn fed beef, aged to perfection,” right before the list of entrée items. All entrées include soup or salad, plus your choice of rice, baked potato, stuffed baked potato or the Ramp fries.