- Actually, Musso & Frank Grill is located in Hollywood. And at almost 80 years old, it is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.
- Established by John Musso and Frank Toulet, who gave their names to the restaurant. Although why they picked John's last name and Frank's first name, I could not discover.
Musso & Frank Grill storefront, date unknown, probably in the 1920s
(Photo from Musso & Frank Grill, posted at Epicurious)
The front of the restaurant today
(Photo from Seeing Stars)
- It is located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue. The Writer's Guild used to be on Cherokee Ave., so a lot of big-name writers used to round the corner to the Grill for food and a drink. Or many drinks, as the case may be.
- The atmosphere:
- Red-jacketed, well-aged bartenders and waiters
- Wood-paneled walls and ceiling
- High-backed red leather booths
- Dim lighting
- Counter, with some seats near the cash register
- West room with smaller booths
- Open-air east room
- Some writers who spent more or less amounts of time at the Grill:
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- William Faulkner
- Ernest Hemingway
- Dashiell Hammett
- Raymond Chandler
- TV and movie stars who have frequented the Grill:
- Charlie Chaplin (preferred table 1)
- Tom Mix (window seat)
- Marx Brothers
- Clark Gable
- Humphrey Bogart
- Al Pacino (table 28)
- Sean Penn
- Ben Kingsley
- Brad Pitt
- Tom Selleck (table 24)
Judging by some of the narrower booths, I'm guessing this is the West room.
(Photo from Time Out of Mind)
- Other famous folks:
- the Warner Brothers
- Orson Welles
- David Lynch
- Woody Allen
- The Rolling Stones
- Supposedly, it was at the Musso & Frank Grill that Marlon Brando's troubled daughter, Cheyenne, first told her brother that her boyfriend, Dag, was abusive. Brother Christian later shot the boyfriend. Turned out that Cheyenne was lying.
- Appears in movies:
- Oceans 11 - Pitt & Clooney's characters discuss their Vegas heist
- Ed Wood - Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) meets up with Orson Welles (Vincent D'Onofrio)
Seats at the counter at Musso & Frank Grill
(Photo from Discover Hollywood)
- The menu -- printed daily -- is strictly old-school. The kitchen has no microwaves. Whether it's casual food or fine dining, most of the items seem to come from the 1950s:
- Corned beef and cabbage
- Chicken pot pie (Thursday only)
- Grilled liver
- Flannel cakes (crepe-thin pancakes)
- Shrimp cocktail
- Beef stroganoff
- Welsh rarebit and jellied consommé
- Veal scallopini marsala
- Roast spring lamb with mint jelly
- Porterhouse steak
- Oyster stew
- Eleven varieties of potato side dishes
- Coffee served in individual, small pots.
The counter, getting ready to open for the day
(Photo from Time Out of Mind)
- Not recommended for vegetarians.
- Not recommended for people in a rush.
- A few of the sites I checked said the quality of food was not as stellar as the atmosphere or the history of the place. But the reviewers recommended a sample of one or more of the house drinks as a counterbalance to any minor unpleasantness.
- Recommended drinks:
- Bone-dry martini
- Martini with sidecar
- Bloody Mary
- The prices are not exactly casual, though. Dinner for two can set you back $25 to $85.
- Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
- Park in the $2 lot in back.
Seeing Stars: The Ultimate Guide to Celebrities & Hollywood, Musso & Frank Grill
Frommer's Restaurant Review, Musso & Frank Grill
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greatjoints.com, Bar review, Musso & Frank Grill
Positive Ape Index, scroll down to entry titled The Comforting Embrace Of Ritual
CourtTV Crime Library, Christian Brando: A Hollywood Family Tragedy, page 6