Newly naturalized GF requests vintage American meatloaf for her first dinner as a US citizen. When told of CHers recommendations, her ears perk up at Musso's. "I've never been! Let's go!", hence making things even more alliterative.
THE MARTINI---Served by the bartender who works all the way at the left of the bar, curly hair; probably been working there since Musso's grand opening in 50 BC. This guy puts those fools in "Cocktail" to shame. In the blink of an eye:
TALL shaker half filled with tiny ice chunks. Seemingly, a gallon of Beefeater poured in. Mere fumes from the bottle of dry vermouth. Shaken like the dickens, then delivered in vintage martini glass with sizeable vile holding the excess (a 2-for-1!). Two giant pimento-stuffed olives to accompany, thin, crystal ice shavings floating at the top. Lethal, perhaps among the best specimens in Los Angeles.
Gin-hating girlfriend has a Stoli version. Equally potent.
THE MEATLOAF---Uh.....not on the menu.
"But I've been told you guys do an excellent meatloaf".
"No. But we have Salisbury steak...."
Have had it before, thought it was awful. So GF and I resort to Plan B: Two Porterhouses, two baked potatoes.
I've slammed Musso's on this board before for overpriced, under-achieving food. These huge steaks, cooked to a textbook medium-rare all over, pooled in their own au jus, however, were mighty fine. Perhaps I've seen the light (sardine appetizer, fresh from the tin over shaved lettuce, was ho hum---when am I gonna learn? Don't stray from the grill at M+F)
OFF-TOPIC: Naturalization ceremony, though long, was amazing to behold. Folks of every color, nationality, religion, being incepted. Over 8000 people in one day. Ironically, very first meal for GF as an American is bowl of katayaki noodles at Kouraku in Lil Tokyo---her choice.
As always, thanks to the Hounds who replied to my query. Next on the meatloaf/martini front, Engine Co. #28, and Edendale Grill.