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Musso & Frank

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 467-7788
Posted By Carrie Singer on 11/13/2007 7:14:00 PM
I agree with Michael Stern, but let me add some suggestions from one who has eaten at Musso & Frank from 1970 on. There is a large dining room in the back with linen-covered tables. This is the best place for dinner. The booths out front are for lunch. The counter is for singles and MS. If you want to see celebs, I suggest later dinner in the dining room on Saturday. Parking in the back.

The special on Saturday is short ribs. The best. So have them for lunch and save money, or spend a little and do them for dinner. The plate is a classic chophouse plate, with the ribs, the ubiquitous gravy (brown sauce), full-length green beans, and mashed potatoes. No garlic, no skins, no funny names, just very good mashed potatoes.

The drinks here are classic size and well-poured. They close on Saturday about 11 pm. The problem is nearby theaters (as in stage) get out between 10:30 and 10:45 pm. If your full order, including dessert, is not in to the kitchen by 10:45, "the chef will get a little testy." So phone your order and your reservation in early. The Grille can always get another customer, but not necessarily another chef.

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Regulars count on Musso's regular rotation of daily specials. This corned beef and cabbage plate means it's Tuesday.
"Regulars count on Musso's regular rotation of daily specials. This corned beef and cabbage plate means it's Tuesday."
Michael Stern





Decades ago, dozens of Los Angeles's better restaurants offered the sweet little fish known as sand dabs. Musso's is one of the few that still do, prepared in the traditional fashion, saute meuniere.
"Decades ago, dozens of Los Angeles's better restaurants offered the sweet little fish known as sand dabs. Musso's is one of the few that still do, prepared in the traditional fashion, saute meuniere."
Michael Stern


One of the great remaining legacies of the days Hollywood was a magic place
"One of the great remaining legacies of the days Hollywood was a magic place"
Michael Stern


Flannel cakes are available only from opening at 11am until 3pm. They are thin, simple, and good. Syrup comes alongside.
"Flannel cakes are available only from opening at 11am until 3pm. They are thin, simple, and good. Syrup comes alongside."
Michael Stern


One of the benefits of sitting at the counter is that you get to watch the short order men cook. It was mesmerizing to watch this some-of-everything omelet made.
"One of the benefits of sitting at the counter is that you get to watch the short order men cook. It was mesmerizing to watch this some-of-everything omelet made."
Michael Stern


Sourdough bread, baked for Musso's, is always served at the beginning of a meal. This plate is on the counter, and in the background you can see the grill where steaks are cooked.
"Sourdough bread, baked for Musso's, is always served at the beginning of a meal. This plate is on the counter, and in the background you can see the grill where steaks are cooked."
Michael Stern


The counter makes Musso's a comfortable place to go if you are dining solo. That big bowl in the foreground contains parsley that the waiters add to plates of food as they get them from the counter chefs.
"The counter makes Musso's a comfortable place to go if you are dining solo. That big bowl in the foreground contains parsley that the waiters add to plates of food as they get them from the counter chefs."
Michael Stern


In the days before the ascent of flan, caramel custard was a popular dessert item at square-meals restaurants. Musso's makes it hard to choose among bread-and-butter pudding, rice pudding, diplomat pudding, sundaes and parfaits, Jell-O (of course!), and chocolate rum cake, but I always put caramel custard at the top of my list. It is a classic.
"In the days before the ascent of flan, caramel custard was a popular dessert item at square-meals restaurants. Musso's makes it hard to choose among bread-and-butter pudding, rice pudding, diplomat pudding, sundaes and parfaits, Jell-O (of course!), and chocolate rum cake, but I always put caramel custard at the top of my list. It is a classic."
Michael Stern


The grill chef uses a shovel to arrange coals under his grate at the beginning of dinner hour.
"The grill chef uses a shovel to arrange coals under his grate at the beginning of dinner hour."
Michael Stern


What aficionado of American restaurant tradition couldn't love one with a potato menu like this?
"What aficionado of American restaurant tradition couldn't love one with a potato menu like this?"
Michael Stern


It's hard not to fill up on this good sourdough while waiting for the meal to be delivered.
"It's hard not to fill up on this good sourdough while waiting for the meal to be delivered."
Michael Stern


Counter chairs at Musso's are very comfortable, and they provide a great view of grill cook and waiters at work.
"Counter chairs at Musso's are very comfortable, and they provide a great view of grill cook and waiters at work."
Michael Stern



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