In a town where youth is worshipped, and at a time where so many celebs of a certain generation are gone, there isn’t much of old Hollywood left. But we can still visit the few places they ate at, such as Musso and Frank’s, which is Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, which opened in 1919.
There are tables that Orson Welles or Marilyn Monroe and other names like Elizabeth Taylor and Steve McQueen frequented. In fact some tables aren’t referred to by their numbers, they’re referred to by the name of the celeb that would make that their regular table. Greta Garbo and Gary Cooper used to have breakfast together here, which would be flannel cakes and coffee. Charlie Chaplin was a regular, and legend goes, would challenge Douglas Fairbanks to a horse race outside on Hollywood Blvd. and the winner paid for the meal at Musso’s.
What’s cool was the Screen Writer’s Guild was across the street, so writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler, T.S. Elliot, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, were often in Musso’s Back Room, and Fitzgerald would proof read his novels in a booth.
In an age of rock star chefs with the next edgy entree, it’s nice to find a place that honors the old and maintains its original dishes. We won’t see the likes of old Hollywood anymore, but we can have enjoy the same dishes they ate. When you go, be sure to have an old school dirty martini!