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Those pancakes look divine. They looked delicate and of course mouth-watering. Musso is indeed a must see restaurant and I am really going to take a tour there soon. Reading this just blasts me to the past!
There really is something to be said about the continuity of restaurants that makes people feel so at home. There is not much of that here at all.
Now I see why you love "Burn Notice" too! I did not know that you had officiated at their wedding.
This is another one of your great posts that make us, your readers sit back and say, "Wow."
I love restaurants with counters. There's something about eating at the counter which makes the food taste better.
I love the way you write about this Hollywood tradition. You have such clear memories of all the wonderful people who have accompanied you to this restaurant over the years, and I'll be willing to bet that you even remember what you ate on each occasion! It's quite an achievement to provide a successful restaurant business for 90 years, especially in LA where fashions change almost daily! Perhaps one day I'll be able to sample those ultra-thim pancakes, they look fabulous!
Great tribute to Musso's. I think you're so correct about prevalent traditions and long-lasting relationships being present. Agree they certainly don't seem to be written about much as many probably don't seek out the publicity. So many readers, certain writers and publishers, other media seem only interested in seeking out those who have something go wrong in their life as worthy news to promote -- as if all the rest of us, including them, don't experience difficult times in our lives and might appreciate a little privacy on the matter.
What a post! Full of goodies!
Apparently Robert Blake use to be in 'Our Gang ' which as a child I loved but I only really remember Spanky and the freckled one.
If I had the good fortune to visit Musso's I would linger as long as I dared on the stairs as big professional kitchens have always fascinated me. They are so exciting and theatrical. Did you ever see Arnold Weskers' 'The Kitchen,? Great play.
As for being squeezed by the great Jack and dining with Sharon I'm GREEN.
Thanks for that Naomi.
Ok I have to ask you know Jack Nicolson I think I spelled it right in person??????? The man that played in The Shining for Stephan King???? Wow... Amazing.. that place looks so yummy. I am picky on what I eat and what you have mentioned looks so good... Yummy...
Love reading your trips down memory lane Naomi! I love thin pancakes too!
I still can't get over you knowing Carroll O'Connor. He was one of my faves and I still mourn his passing.
I am fortunate to be the 4th generation owner of Musso and Frank's. Just wanted to say it was a pleasure reading your blog and knowing we have such loyal customers. Feel free to ask for me the next time you come in. Thanks to you, your family, and your friends for helping us remain a part of Hollywood. :)
This blog should get some sort of "National Treasure" Designation. So should you.
Impressive that they have kept up the quality of their business to so many years. Hard to do with changing tastes each decade. Can definitely see why it would work as with Mad Men. Also impressive that you snuggled with the "Shark".
Guess you can tell I am impressed.
Naomi, for the love of all that's holy, PLEASE write a book. It would be criminal for all these great stories of old Hollywood to be lost, and I don't trust the internet to preserve them! Am enjoying them so much.
Any chance Musso's might part with their flannel cake recipe? I am jonesing for pancakes right now.
Such special memories you carry in that heart of yours, my dear. I love how you bring them to life for us, for me.
I love large booths and I love counter sitting. :) And I love skinny pancakes. If the pancakes are skinny, then so will I be, yes? :)
It's funny how some people come in and then out of our lives... like Jack, for you, I guess. Yet others stay awhile. Relationships are interesting.
Aren't you loving this cooler weather we're having?
this has been another of your wonderful story telling episodes of your life! You are so good at putting your photo's both new and old together and making a story come to life Naomi.
That place is a national treasure, isn't it? I don't envy much, but I do envy that you knew Jack Nicholson. I'd sure love to sit in a booth with him!! LOL
That first picture of the long counter in tight quarters reminds me of Chick & Ruth's Deli in Annapolis, MD.
Very nice post and loved the pictures. I miss the old drug stores with their counters, the girls from the office and myself use to eat there every payday.
What a great memory there Naomi and I can imagine this to be a cozy place for everyone to hang out.
Oh Naomi...send Jack over to Singapore, I'll buy him dinner heheheh.. :D
That was a wonderful tour. I love to hear about the normal stuff that Hollywood actors do and I'll never see Jack Nicholson again without thinking of him squeezing on over to visit you at your table!
You were a part of the magic that made that restaurant what it was...and what it still is today! Wow! This was an incredible trip down Memory Lane and I'm so glad you invited us along for the ride. Thank you.
I had to stop at the part where Jack Nicholson SQUEEZED in next to you at a table for two because I tried to live vicariously through you for that moment. ;) You know how much I adore Jack Nicholson. No one in or out of Hollywood appears to be more charming and sure of himself than that man. Even today he's still got it.
Btw, I need to find a restaurant that serves ultra-thin pancakes ("flannel cakes") or learn how to make them. They look fantastic!
Once again, thanks for sharing the beautiful and historical Musso's with us in words and pictures. Nice job, Naomi! :)
What a wonderful place Naomi! I agree with someone who said that you should write a book!! You have such wonderful memories and your memory is so good!
Looks like you had a comment from one of the owners! Perhaps you could go there again at a time when there are very few people there?? If there ever is such a time?? That would be awesome if you could!
I have never heard of flannel cakes but they look yummy!
If I ever make it to LA I MUST eat at Musso's!! I sure have enjoyed reading all about it. With so many items on their menu it'd probably take me an hour to decide what I wanted!! LOL!!
oh my N did you ever have a boring day!!!! I am just in awe ... love reading about so many of the actors who I so admired, love Sharon, always thought she looked so down to earth!! I hope this note finds you well!! from another LI girl!!
what a great read! i've been under the weather for a few days, so it's been a grand morning catching up with everyone. i haven't been in musso and frank's in years, but the next time i'm out in la, i am sooooo going to drop in! xoxoxo
Really Musso's looks a wonderful place! You did a great reportage and a nice tribute, Naomi!
Love pancakes and Musso's pancakes look delicious!
Love also the decor, just beautiful! And Wow! You meet Jack Nicholson!!!
Have a nice day my dear!
All of my town's supper clubs except two- are gone... I spent many enjoyable hours in those dens of iniquity, and the chain restaurants have no soul.
I have enjoyed your series of posts about "Musso's"
Such an enjoyable read, but then all your posts are fun to read. So much history in that old restaurant...
Another great article with memories that made me smile. I'm so glad you share your history as I'm living vicariously through your life because I don't know anyone famous or any place as well.
Thanks so much
Dorothy from grammology
Here in the UK pancakes are usually that thin too. I have to say I prefer them too. They taste less heavy.
I love all your trips down memory lane!
I love this post- and how fab to know Jack N during the 70's - so debonair... you continue to inspire with your posts and eloquent strolls through the pathways of your past.... again, I have read your for the past few years - quite avidly- and only now comment.
You paint a vision of Los Angeles I so wish to visit. Though my more recent sojourns have been utterly charming and delightful- and I imagine, when I write of them in the years to come- with far less skill than you- they may provide some entertainment.
thanks for writing one of my favorite reads
Let me just say that if you and I were having lunch or dinner and Jack Nicholson came over to visit you I would be blown away too! How cool...I love your life and stories!
Isn't it a wonderful thing to have a personal history with an establishment like Musso and Frank.
In Floral Park, New York, where I grew up, there is a wonderful restaurant called Koenig's. My parents started going there in the mid 1950's after they moved out to Long Island from the Bronx. Over the years, we have celebrated weddings, confirmations, promotions and even funerals there.
I can remember one day my Mother and I going to pick my Dad up at the elevated Long Island Rail Road station which is directly across from Koenig's...the restaurant sits on a quiet corner of town in the back off of busy Tulip Ave. It was during a snowstorm, and my Dad could not drive his car home from the city as he normally would have done.
There are two rooms downstairs...one is the more formal dining room, and the other an informal room of rich, dark wood with a bar that is decorated in a horse motif--since many of the Belmont Racetrack crowd lunch there...upstairs is the catering hall.
We sat in the barroom that frigid February day watching the snow fall and feeling very warm there as friends and other commuters came in out of the cold.
It is a memory I think of often now that both my parents are gone...I am grateful for them establishing that history with Koenig's for me and my siblings.
Thank you for your lovely and very informative post. Kevin
You always have the most incredible posts. YOU got to squeeze Jack? LOL!!! What a wonderful life you have. I could sit and listen to your story for hours on end. Those pancakes sure look good too.
Somehow I think when and if I ever get back to LA again I am going to see it in a whole new light thanks to you.
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