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Ty Burrell

Modern Family

If there was a contest going for funniest guy out there right now, Modern Family’s Ty Burrell would no doubt be at the top of our list. The very love-able Phil Dunphy is a favorite character of ours. Not to get all PHIL-osophical (yes we went there – because PD definitely would), but we knew there had to be more to this actor than just the silver screen.

Turns out, we were right. Burrell’s Bar-X in Salt Lake City is a neighborhood favorite, and if you want to catch America’s most popular onscreen Dad, this is probably where your best chances lie (that, or stalking the Modern Family set). But why not do it somewhere you can enjoy good food and booze at the same time? Seems like an X-tremely good plan…we swear we’re done now.

What would be your ideal food day? 

Well, this is going to sound odd, but my ideal breakfast is leftovers. I have no idea why – something about getting excited all over again about the meal the night before (or two nights before…).  Lunch would be a homemade soup, which I’m lucky enough to have quite a bit because my wife loves to make it.  And dinner, for me, would essentially be a peasant board. Nothing makes me happier than a Henry the Eighth meal – meats, cheeses and the greatest bounty of fruits and vegetables in all the land.

What are your favorite drinks and menu items at Bar X?

I’m a big fan of the classics. I love the Old Pal or a Rob Roy. But I also love their creations: The Medicine Hat, created by David White and The Edison St. created by Duncan Burrell and Richard Noel.

What would Phil Dunphy’s drink be at Bar X? 

The Pink Lady

What we don’t know about Bar X that we should…

It was opened the day prohibition was repealed in 1933. My brother and another one of our owners, Dave Hunt, refurbished the entire bar to get the wood and the whole environment as close to the condition of that day as they could. I think they did an amazing job.

Best lunch on the Modern Family set ever… 

The same salad that I order everyday so as not to make me too sleepy: greens, tomatoes, onions, chickpeas.

Worst lunch on the Modern Family set ever… 

The same salad that I order everyday so as not to make me too sleepy: greens, tomatoes, onions, chickpeas.

What are some of your pre and post shoot routines? 

I stretch out in the trailer and practice physical bits if I have any that day. (Julie [Bowen] and I share a trailer so she unfortunately has to deal with the shaking). Afterwards, I don’t have any rituals other than enjoying the drive home to my gals.

Your go-to breakfast… 

Eggs and too much hot sauce.

Your go-to on-set snack… 

Doughnut…

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