Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood, CA ©Author Adventures

Writers at Musso and Frank Grill

The Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood, California, was a frequent hangout for about a dozen major authors who resided in Greater Los Angeles. Attracted by Hollywood studios in the early days of film, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, William Saroyan, Aldous Huxley, Max Brand, John Steinbeck, and many more would gather there and swap war stories about transforming literature to screenplays. They were not always happy with the translation to film but the lure of a new venue for income was exciting for successful and struggling writers alike.

You can read more about the history there on the restaurant’s website at

Musso and Frank’s is one of the few traditional remnants of “Old Hollywood” that is still around. Our waiter had worked there 40 years and shared interesting tidbits about celebrities they served in the old days.

The restaurant features a diverse menu of steaks, pasta, and salads. Popular dishes include their fettuccine alfredo, with pasta made fresh in their own kitchen, and flannel cakes for dessert. The recipe for their alfredo sauce was a known favorite of actress Elizabeth Taylor.


Hollywood, California, has a population of approximately 85,000 residents in 3.5 square miles, making it one of the densest areas within Los Angeles County. Technically, it is not incorporated as a city but thought of one because of its distinct history, its annual holiday parade, and an honorary mayor.

Each year, 3.5 million tourists from around the world walk its famous streets, like Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, and Melrose, to enjoy one-of-a-kind entertainment and shopping.

Musso and Frank’s is centrally located on Hollywood Boulevard. Valet parking behind the restaurant and street parking are available.

The Musso and Frank Grill is the sixth stop on our Southern California Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart