After living in Los Angeles for 18 years (did I just say 18?) I finally made it. I met my friend Evelyn there, who lived in the Hollywood Hills for more than four decades in a beautiful English Tudor built by Bette Davis. She knows Hollywood better than anyone I know (not the movie version but the real one!) and she was the perfect person to go with to Musso & Frank Grill!
Musso & Frank Grill was opened in 1919 on Hollywood Boulevard by Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet and is apparently Hollywood's oldest eatery. They are known for their great history, fabulous martinis and a great "crab Louie." I had to go directly to class after lunch, via three freeways, so I opted out of the martini.
I don't know the last time they changed anything in there, if ever (which I love!) and it's the kind of magical nostalgia I love about Hollywood. Sometimes it cracks me up that I live here. You may have heard of some of the past patrons of the establishment ... Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Orson Wells, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, William Falkner, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Ginger Rogers ...
Driving on the way there, up Highland, I just barely avoided a crazy accident at Melrose and arriving at the restaurant felt like I was going to pass out. Fortunately, I recovered in time to enjoy my crab Louie and lunch with Evelyn. Phew.
Oh yeah, did I mention the amazing sourdough that I have been eating on for 3 days? (see above) Apparently, it's flown in from San Francisco and the next time I go there (to Musso and Frank, not San Francisco) I might just order a martini and a loaf of bread!
Oh, and this is kind of a crack up ... check out Hollywood in the 1940s!
I don't say we all ought to misbehave,
but we ought to look as if we could.
Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!
(I will be studying for midterms!)
Thank you Evelyn!!!