Musso & Frank is a time machine. Red-leather banquettes, bowtied waiters, and the radiocarbon dated decor all have the musty charm of the old relative you love to see every Christmas Eve. Opened in 1919 by Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet, this restaurant has welcome the biggest and oldest Hollywood personalities, along with the city’s first pay-phone. Nowadays, people come for the atmosphere and cocktails rather than for the food, which is delightfully anachronistic: large selection of American steaks, Thermidor lobster, Welsh rarebit, and the famous chicken pie exclusively available on Thursdays. With the Screen Writer’s Guild just a stone’s throw away, the old times’ greatest authors would come find inspiration at Musso & Frank’s bar, scribbling down ideas while they chewed on their cocktail’s olive. Bear in mind that the bartender who will prepare your martini is likely to have served the same drink, just a few years ago, to Francis Scott Fitzgerald or Aldous Huxley…

 

Address: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 4-9PM

Menu: mussoandfrank.com

Reservations: (323) 467-7788 or here

Style: American, Carnivore

Price: Entrées $20-49

Neighborhood: Hollywood

Best for: Dinner