CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2010 |
Anyone who knows Hollywood knows Musso & Frank, where the stars of the motion picture industry's Golden Age often dined. Everyone came to Musso's: Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. Even as the world outside its doors changed with the times, Musso's, which opened in 1919, embraced its old charms: steaks, chops and martinis served by waiters in red jackets to patrons in red leather booths. No one messed with the Musso mystique, because in a town where it's sometimes hard to tell the difference, this was the real deal.
April 28, 1996 |
Where to find the best Belgian waffle? A magnificent mole verde? To-die-for dim sum? Times restaurant reviewers Linda Burum, Michelle Huneven, Jonathan Gold, Max Jacobson and S. Irene Virbila give their favorite platters a spin. * A cross between a French cre^pe and an American pancake, the flannel cakes at 77-year-old Musso & Frank Grill were the brainchild of the grill's original (French) chef, Jean Rue. He's the one who named them because they were "thin as flannel."
June 22, 2003 |
Hollywood's oldest restaurant, Musso & Frank Grill, is practically pickled in tobacco and booze from less temperate decades, when F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett and other disaffected Hollywood writers made Musso's a home away from home. Some of the waiters look as if they go back that far; the youngsters are the ones who have been here only 30 years.
September 22, 1996 |
Why has Musso & Frank Grill, the Hollywood landmark opened in 1919, endured while Hollywood Boulevard itself has crumbled and occasionally collapsed around it? Looking for some answers, we caught up with Musso's peripatetic chef, Michel Bourger (from Paris, France, notes the menu helpfully), now in his 23rd year at the restaurant. Despite the language barrier, chef Bourger gamely unraveled the Musso mystique. Q. Musso & Frank prints a new menu every day. Why? A. Every day the menu changes.
May 7, 1989 |
You could easily have a love affair with any of these grills. Columbia Bar and Grill, 1448 N. Gower St., Hollywood. (213) 461-8800. Style: Eighties-style Musso wanna-be known more for who's eating than what's being eaten. Setting: Open, bright and airy. Recommended dishes: Crab cakes; veal chop; grilled free-range chicken. Cost per person: $15-$35. DC 3 at the Santa Monica Airport, 2800 Donald Douglas Loop N., Santa Monica. (213)
October 14, 2011 |
There are precious few bars in Los Angeles that are welcoming, upscale and have a legitimate claim on pre-1950s Hollywood drinking history. This weekend sees the return of a great one, the Writer's Room, a space that once belonged to the famed Musso & Frank Grill. In its early days it was referred to as the "back room," where writers such as Raymond Chandler and F. Scott Fitzgerald were rumored to toss back gimlets. "We want to bring the room back to life in a way that reflects the past, yet offers something new that inspires creative types living in L.A. now," said managing partner Abdi Manavi.