Hollywood, CA – Musso and Frank Grill

Since 1919, the sign says. Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, outlasting the other greats like the Derby and Chasens, Musso and Frank hasn’t changed much in the last 93 years – except for the prices. Name a historic Hollywood writer or literary figure and chances are, they’ve tipped a few at the bar.

As for me, it’s been one of my top three favorite restaurants in the world, since I was first taken there in the 80s. Now, each time my travels take me to Los Angeles, I have at least one meal at M&F.

The occasion this time was a gathering of friends during one of my business trips.

I was in the mood for “plan and simple classic”, while the ladies wanted to slam down a few of the (reportedly) best martinis in the world. Having seen the bill (and quantity consumed), they must have been pretty OK.

I started with the classic appetizer, “Stuffed celery,” which are stalks of celery slathered with a blue cheese concoction, sprinkled with paprika. At about a buck and a quarter a half stalk, undoubtedly the world’s most expensive celery, but who cares?

Service was over the top, as always, and the plates on the table ranged from a ribeye, to crab louis, mushroom ravioli, and lobster ravioli.

And me, I had a dull roasted turkey sandwich. But they cut the crusts off the bread, if you find that exciting!

Want to be an insider? Ask for a “basked of butts” when you sit down.

Musso and Frank is great for a date night, and to ogle movie stars, vintage and current. There’s almost always someone you’ll recognize sitting nearby.

Lunch for five, with a cocktail each?  About $250 with tip.

Menu is online.

Musso & Frank, Hollywood

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