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Musso & Frank

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 467-7788
Posted By Cynthia Meyer on 8/4/2007 4:50:00 PM
While I agree that the food is very good and the atmosphere is great, the last time I visited Musso & Frank, the service was horrible. This is not a roadside diner with great prices where you're happy to put up with surly servers; sometimes they can even be part of the charm. But for a restaurant that charges fairly high prices, nasty service is not acceptable.

We arrived about 45 minutes before the kitchen was to close (though the restaurant was to be open for a couple more hours). We asked whether they were still serving dinner; they said they were and seated the six of us. We were told that they would not make just about everything we wanted to order. The waiter was downright rude. If they weren't ready to serve dinner to our party of six, they should not have seated us.

But, because it's the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, it's probably worth going once. This visit was not our first, but I suspect it will be our last.

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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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