I know Musso's is a venerable institution, so I'm prepared to take a licking for this.
After another visit last night, I have concluded that I really don't understand this place. Most of the non-steak food I have had there is hands down terrible, especially anything seafood oriented. The steaks themselves are acceptable, but are incredibly overpriced ($31 for a tiny filet mignon and a golfball-sized scoop of mashers), and get an F- for presentation (looks like hospital food). Service is all over the map, and is usually somewhat brusque---that is, if the waiter understands your order in the first place.
But herein lies the mystery---why do I keep going back?
Sure, the martinis are among the best (and strongest---Holy Cow!) in town, and the place has all that Old LA charm and kitsch value. But that alone does not justify going to this place, and yet I continue to go. Not only that, but aside from consistently being unsatisfied with what I eat there, I always seem to have a good time. I mysteriously leave happy, although somewhat hungry (and poor).
Does anyone else feel this particular strange voodoo?
Apologies to all M&F loyalists.