The Ministry of Martini

Not only they serve the best Martini in town – certified by LA Weekly – and have a fantastic, classic restaurant menu which remained unchanged for nearly 100 years, Musso and Frank are today one of the last living Hollywood historical institutions. The oldest restaurant in the neighborhood, the place which was there even before the iconic Hollywood sign was built. Since 1919, the Musso & Frank Grill has been home and office to so many writers and actors and directors. In the golden years in Hollywood, almost everyone in the entertainment business dined or drank here.  Through the years, legendary waiters lile Mannie, served Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Orson Welles and many more.  But the real aficionados were the writers: John Fante, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel West, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway. Raymond Chandler used to write in one of their room (the famous Back Room) and mentions Musso and Frank in his 1939 novel “The Big Sleep”. Then Budd Schulberg and of course Charles Bukowsky.     

 

No stay in Los Angeles is complete without sititng in Musso and Franks leather and wood booths, so comfortable and austere at the same time, where even Harry Bosch held its retirement party when leaving LAPD (check “Lost Light”). 

You can’t really miss their Porterhouse steaks, the Chicken Pot Pie, the bone-in pork chops and the side orders (9 different kinds of potatoes, creamed spinaches…). But the top feature is always the most quintessential Hollywood drink. Yes, only Musso and Frank bar can turn out a Martini that Bogart would’ve judged worthy of the name. 

 

Best Martinis in Los Angeles: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2012/03/5_best_martinis_in_la.php 

 

 

 

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