Musso and Frank’s conjures up images of old Hollywood. Opened in 1919 and billed as the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, stars from yesterday to today have dined there. Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, and countless stars and writers have sampled the menu at Musso and Frank’s. No nouveau cuisine here. This is all vintage, all the way.
I think I look a little like the Black Dhalia tonight, who was known to frequent the neighborhood around this little restaurant. Wasn’t on purpose, but it struck me as funny in looking at the photos.
Not being really hungry, I thought I’d order the French onion soup and Welsh rarebit. After following this up with the bread and butter pudding, I was big as a house. So much for not eating a lot.
In my search for the perfect vintage cocktail, I decided to try their version of the classic drink the Sidecar. Holy cow, I was in nirvana. It was so delicious, just like candy. Since this night I’ve had sidecars in other bars and restaurants and no one comes close. I’ve even tried the classic recipe from the Savoy Cocktail Book. Still not as good as this one. I read on someone’s post somewhere awhile back they may use lime juice instead of lemon, but I don’t know if that is true or not. Guess I’ll just have to try. And with the “sidecar” you get with your Sidecar, it’s like two drinks in one.