Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Boulevard
Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
Sun 4pm - 9pm
Tue - Sat 11am - 11pm
Musso & Frank GrillThis restaurant is such an institution that it predates the city’s most iconic landmark—the Hollywood sign. In a way, Hollywood was born in Musso & Frank’s red booths, back when the famed boulevard was still a dirt road. The restaurant opened in 1919, and much of the menu remains from the first chef, Frenchman Jean La Rue, who used to specially prepare fettuccini alfredo for silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Only two executive chefs have held the job since. Dinner dishes such as lobster thermidor and grenadine of beef take you back half a century, while chicken pot pie (on Thursdays only) and steaks, cooked on L.A.’s oldest open-fire grill, taste comfortingly familiar. Don’t miss brunch, which features Greta Garbo’s favorite Flannel Cake, a cross between a pancake and crepe invented by chef La Rue in the 1920s. In keeping with the authentic vintage spirit, martinis are strictly stirred—never shaken—and served with a mini glass sidecar containing the rest of the drink in its own tiny ice bucket. Consider yourself lucky if Ruben—who started at Musso & Frank in 1967—is the one painstakingly crafting yours. Pro tip: Order the off-menu slow-roasted prime rib, finished on the mesquite grill and served rare.