Musso & Frank

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When Musso and Frank opened for business in 1919, Hollywood was young and fresh and Hollywood Boulevard was a magic address. The boulevard went to honkytonk hell in a handbasket and is now trying to rebirth itself with entertainment complexes and shopping malls competing for attention with cheap souvenirs and hookers’ wig shops, but the moment you step inside Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, the battle of the lifestyles is left behind.

In a swivel chair at the old long counter with its view of the grill or ensconced in a plush leather booth, you are taken back to a world of old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes comfort food served by jacketed waiters, some of whom look like they’ve been here almost since the beginning.

The menu is huge, a legacy of the days deluxe restaurants offered hundreds of things to boast of their kitchen skills: a few dozen hot and cold hors d’oeuvre, sixteen omelets, ten kinds of potato (Julienne? Lyonnaise? Au gratin? Hash browns? Cottage fries? Et cetera.) Immemorial daily specials include corned beef and cabbage Tuesday, sauerbraten Wednesday, chicken pot pie Thursday, boullaibasse Friday, and braised short ribs Saturday. Continue reading

When Musso and Frank opened for business in 1919, Hollywood was young and fresh and Hollywood Boulevard was a magic address. The boulevard went to honkytonk hell in a handbasket and is now trying to rebirth itself with entertainment complexes and shopping malls competing for attention with cheap souvenirs and hookers’ wig shops, but the moment you step inside Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, the battle of the lifestyles is left behind.

In a swivel chair at the old long counter with its view of the grill or ensconced in a plush leather booth, you are taken back to a world of old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes comfort food served by jacketed waiters, some of whom look like they’ve been here almost since the beginning.

The menu is huge, a legacy of the days deluxe restaurants offered hundreds of things to boast of their kitchen skills: a few dozen hot and cold hors d’oeuvre, sixteen omelets, ten kinds of potato (Julienne? Lyonnaise? Au gratin? Hash browns? Cottage fries? Et cetera.) Immemorial daily specials include corned beef and cabbage Tuesday, sauerbraten Wednesday, chicken pot pie Thursday, boullaibasse Friday, and braised short ribs Saturday. There’s all kinds of fish and a bunch of really retro entrees such as “spaghetti Italianene” and seafood chiffonade; but the truly great thing to eat at Musso’s is anything from the broiler: steaks, lamb chops (better yet, French-cut lamb chops), a profoundly flavorful liver steak, even a grill of kidneys and bacon. Many people eat the simplest possible lunch of flannel cakes (wafer-thin, plate-wide pancakes), which can also be had on the side of other things (but only until 3pm).

As you sip a Martini, Manhattan, Gibson, or Rob Roy in this wood-paneled Tudor enclave, chances are good you’ll spot some of the show biz celebrities who still come to Musso’s. Perhaps even more than you and us, they crave the powerful sense of normalcy this old grill radiates.

Dishes to try
Musso & Frank, Flannel Cakes
Flannel Cakes
Must-Try
Flannel cakes are available only from opening at 11am until 3pm. They are thin, simple, and good. Syrup comes alongside.
Musso & Frank, Corned Beef & Cabbage
Corned Beef & Cabbage
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Regulars count on Musso's regular rotation of daily specials. This corned beef and cabbage plate means it's Tuesday.
Musso & Frank, Fillets of Sanddabs
Fillets of Sanddabs
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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.
Musso & Frank, Caramel Custard
Caramel Custard
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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.
Musso & Frank, Sourdough Bread
Sourdough Bread
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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.
Musso & Frank, French Dip
French Dip
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The French Dip is thinly sliced, tender beef in a chewy toasted roll. Not shown: a cup of au jus for dipping.
Grilled Ribeye Steak
Macaroni au Gratin
Dinner Salad
Musso & Frank, Jellied Consomme
Jellied Consomme
Jellied consommé is tricky. Because it is gelatin, your taste buds are expecting sweet, but it delivers strong beef flavor.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday4pm - 9pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
Yes
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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