The quintessential Old Hollywood grill, and to miss it would be to miss the essence of L.A. history. This is Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, in business since 1919. Its cachet comes from having been the haunt of Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Chandler. Bogart would toss back a few with Lauren Bacall or Dashielle Hammet here; Faulkner and Hemingway worked on their screenplays. Musso & Frank is still known for its bone-dry martinis, delivered to leather booths by red-coated waiters. The old-school menu—veal scaloppini Marsala, roast lamb with mint jelly, broiled lobster—is overshadowed by the legend, but its grilled meats are still among the best to be found. Waiters remain here for decades, and there have only been three executive chefs in its entire history. There's no freezer in the kitchen, and no microwave, either; everything is made from scratch daily. The "Flannel Cakes," huge think pancakes, are a lunchtime staple. Tip: Time-trippers can sit at the counter for the full M&F effect, or request table no. 1 in the west room, which was Charlie Chaplin’s regular spot.