Musso & Franks Grill is famously known as being the oldest restaurant in Hollywood since 1919, as well as for the famous folks who have dined there over the years. Located on Hollywood Boulevard just down the street from the Egyptian Theatre and the Pig ‘n Whistle, Charlie Chaplin had his own booth and dined with such stars as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. In the 30’s, great American authors whiled away the time in the dark corners of the restaurant as Musso & Frank became a popular literary hangout. Well-regarded for their flannel cakes and coffee, steak and the near-perfect martini, and daily specials all served in a red leather and mahogany interior.
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I have dined several times at Musso & Franks over the years, but somehow never managed to make it to dinner on Thursday night, which has Chicken Pot Pie on special. Closed Sunday and Monday, specials offered on other nights include Corned Beef and Cabbage (Tuesday special) and Braised Short Ribs of Beef (Saturday special). I was so excited when friends Angela and Allen invited me to join them for dinner at Musso & Franks prior to their show at The Pantages Theatre on a THURSDAY night! I knew exactly what to order.
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Spending $23 for chicken pot pie seems a little crazy, but I ordered it anyway since it’s been on my list for so long. I found out that the chef makes between 36 to 50 pot pies every Thursday, and they do sell-out so make an early reservation. When the pot pie is delivered to your table, you are given the option of taking it as is, or having your waiter prepare it for you. I decided to have our waiter prep it for me. You can see here what a beautiful job he did of removing the golden crust and spooning out the rich, creamy filling which was full of white-meat chicken breast, carrots, potatoes and peas. I ate every bite and I loved every bite. Paired with a simple dinner salad and a bottle of Schweppes Ginger Ale, I had the perfect Thursday night dinner. And then my very generous friends offered to pick up the tab making it an even more perfect night. Plus we had a star sighting (Sharon Gless from TV show Cagney & Lacey) and were shown the bar stool that Steve McQueen favored when he dined there. Thanks to Musso & Franks Grill (and Angela and Allen) for my best bite of the week!
By Trish Procetto