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Musso & Frank Before The Pantages

TomSwift | May 14, 200312:20 PM

Our group of four went to Musso & Frank's last Thursday before going to the Pantages to see The Producers. Arrived at 5:30 and were immediately seated in the bar room; soon we were joined by 5 other groups of theater-goers. The ambiance is well documented on this board. However, as Tom P. posted in the Pantages thread on 5/8, there are definately some land mines on the menu and we stepped on several. Only 1 starter, the crab cocktail ($13). It was a generous portion of extremely flavorful Dungeness crab; the only problem was that it had too much red cocktail sauce that tried hard to disguise the flavor of the crab. Overall, though, a good value and delicious. For main courses, the regular daily special of the chicken pot pie was the clear winner. Flaky crust, delicious chicken and broth and slightly crunchy veggies. Huge portion. Possibly microwaved, however, as the first order was spilled by the waiter at the table and a replacement arrived within 5 minutes. The combination Louie salad ($27) scored second place. Again, very flavorful Dungeness crab, perfectly cooked large shrimp, good sized Maine lobster chunks and nice poached sea scallops. It seemed smaller than we recalled it from a year earlier. The fried oysters here a hit, nicely brown, crispy and with a thin coating of breading. I definately lost both my legs on a mine - the sweetbreads Jardine ($27). This happens to me almost every time I eat there: I go with the best intentions to stick to grilled meat and then I succumb to the sweetbreads because I enjoy sweetbreads so much. In any event, they were overcooked to the point of chewy rubber, and the green beans, carrots, lima beans and peas were Swanson's best, mushy with no noticable texture. The sauce, however, was wonderful. The side of au gratin potatoes ($4) was a disaster, with all of the cheese under the potatoes and none on top so consequently they didn't brown and the dish was bland. As always, however, the martinis were superb. The total for four, with countless martinis, was $215 before tip. A nice touch was that the wait staff did a superior job of getting all the theater parties out by 7:20 (for an 8:00 curtain). On balance, a very satisfactory experience, despite the explosions. P.S., by all means go to The Producers. I have never laughed so much, or so hard, at the theater in my life.

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