Restaurants & Bars

Saturday "Breakfast" at Musso & Frank

David Kahn | Jun 30, 200306:56 PM    

Well, the Missus and I made it to Musso & Frank on Saturday to check out the breakfast situation. M&F opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. The thing is, they don't really serve breakfast, per se. They have a selection of omelets and basic egg dishes on the menu, and the famous flannel cakes of course, but it's really a lunch/dinner menu. We got there at about 11:30, and, from what I could tell, most of the other customers were ordering lunch-type items (e.g., meat and vegetables, etc.). When you sit down, they put a plate of (quite good) sour dough bread and butter down at the table. Also, pretty much everything is a la carte, so if you order an omelet, you get a plate with an omelet; if you want potatoes or toast, you have to order it.

That said, you can put together a pretty nice breakfast at a good price if you know the rules. The flannel cakes, which are very good, consist of three large (edges off the plate), thin pancakes with syrup (don't think it's real maple). The Missus tells me they're really just German style pancakes, but in any event, they are very nice (imitation maple notwithstanding).

We also ordered a cheddar cheese omelet, which was excellent -- rolled style, with just the right amount of cheese, fluffy and creamy, and not over-cooked. In my experience, many places have constancy problems with egg dishes, turning out tough, rubbery, overcooked eggs at least half the time. We'll need to make a couple of additional trips to M&F before forming an opinion, but on this first visit, the eggs were perfectly cooked.

Other stuff -- the tea selection apparently consists of Lipton. American style coffee, on the other hand, was good, and they bring you your own small pot of coffee, which I always like. (Didn't try their espresso-based drinks, and don't think I would -- sort of like ordering a latte at the Apple Pan, it just doesn't seem to fit.) Didn't see fruit juice of any kind on the menu. The decor is very cool -- old style Hollywood, red leatherette booths, waiters with red jackets, etc. Service was a touch surly, but competent. As previously pointed out, it's very low key -- quiet, no wait, easy to find a parking space, and no "scene" whatsoever. "Breakfast" for two came to around $20, plus tip. All-in-all, a nice, if a bit quirky, addition to the weekend breakfast out repertoire.

Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-5123

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