I last wrote about Simmzy’s when I was putting together my Beer Lover’s Southern California Book. At that time, the young gastropub brand had a location in Manhattan Beach, the first, and a location at Long Beach’s Belmont Shore. Well, savvy restaurateurs Mike and Chris Simms have done it again, opening their latest of the hip craft concept in the studio-centric city of Burbank. A Venice Beach location is in the works, as well as yet-to-be-announced others.
For those who haven’t visited yet, Simmzy’s is a modern chic gastropub doused in locally brewed craft beer with fresh gourmet pub fare. Its retro-beach motif is reminiscent of Pann’s classic diner crossed with Robinson Crusoe, but each location has its own character. From the Manhattan’s Beach main street spot perfect for people watching, to Belmont Shore’s modern beer hall, Simmzy’s defines itself with relevance to the local community in mind. Burbank’s location sports a full bar, upstairs private dining area, outdoor game patio, and a giant parking lot.
Prior to the Simms brothers revamp, the location was home to the now defunct Casa Cabo, which lay dormant for many years on that crazy corner of 3000 W. Olive Ave. The facelift and new direction is a major plus for the city, and Simms hopes that the pub will appeal both to the neighborhood and studio execs in the area.
All Simmzy’s locations share a common menu, but there are plans to have specific specials and menu offerings for different locations. The menu is varied, designed to appeal to a large audience, and is also kid-friendly. Its versatility perfectly complements the local craft beer on tap. You can expect an assortment of salads, sandwiches, and tasty desserts upon arrival.
The fish tacos, topped with avocado and spicy fried chili peppers is a definite must and pairs extremely well with a fresh El Segundo IPA (especially if it’s Mayberry IPA). If you’re in the mood for something bigger, the Simmzy’s burger will deliver red meat and savory toppings at a fair price. Make sure to grab a bleu cheese haystack to share and definitely save room for dessert because that apple-filled glazed donut (a la mode) is an experience everyone must have.
The Simms brothers have a history drenched in home brewing and supporting local businesses. Their goal was to make Simmzy’s a craft beer hideaway and hangout. Though the entire dining experience is the focus, a large part of this is devoted to craft beer, especially local. The 24 rotating taps pour suds from many local brewery favorites, including Smog City, Eagle Rock, Three Weavers, and El Segundo, to name a few. Regular events, tap takeovers, and special releases can be gleaned from the twittersphere @simmzys. In addition, a live feed of all three current locations is available online, so if you want to know before you go, check it.
In addition to beer, the full bar at the Burbank location doles out cocktails, wine from tap, and gourmet bottled sodas.
Simmzy’s remains one of my favorite spots, and I can always count on having a good experience when I visit. The food is solid, the beer is fresh, and ambiance is relaxed. Pricing is standard for gastropubs in Los Angeles, so you’ll know just what to expect if you’ve ever been to one. If you haven’t, Simmzy’s is a great start and will also make an excellent night-cap.Simmzy’s Burbank 3000 W. Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91505 www.simmzys.com