Have a little extra time to kill in Hollywood at the TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF), this series covers a handful of my favorite destinations.
Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Mon–Sat 10:30 am–11 pm, Sun 4 pm–9 pm
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Getting there from the Festival
Walking (about a 7-minute walk from The Hollywood Roosevelt). Go east on Hollywood Blvd. about 6 blocks, a block east of the Egyptian Theatre.
Musso & Frank Grill is as much history as you're going to find in current Hollywood, at least, if you're planning to have a good meal at the same time. Opened in 1919 and operating at its current location since 1927 (it started next door), the list of regulars reads classic film royalty, from Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, and Douglas Fairbanks, to Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and James Stewart to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Steve McQueen. The restaurant also served as a hangout for great writers of the era. F. Scott Fitzgerald proofread his novels from a booth at Musso’s. William Faulkner used to get behind the bar to mix his own mint juleps, and Raymond Chandler wrote part of The Big Sleep in the back room.
Musso & Frank Grill is bit on the pricey side (Yelp gives the range as $31-$60). We were there for a late lunch, and my Pastrami sandwich was the best I'd ever had. The place was almost empty when we were there. One of the main things I remember was the service. While we looked over the menu, the waiter stood about four feet away facing the other direction. As soon as we put down our menus, he turned and took our orders. That's what I call service.