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ISO Hollywood eateries w/ history

My boss is entertaining some out-of-the-country guests tonight in Hollywood. He wants to take them somewhere historic and/or with an interesting story, like, "This is where James Dean had his last meal," etc. Any places like that come to mind?

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  1. Musso and Franks -- where Orson Wells frequently drank himself into a stupor -- and plenty of others as well I'm sure... Great old Hollywood vibe -- booths, elderly waiters in red and green coats, strong mixed drinks, v. meat and potatoes menu -- including stuff like lamb kidneys.

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    1. re: bite bite

      Some possibilities: Patsy D'Amore's Pizza in Farmers Market (the first Pizza in Los Angeles); El Coyote - last meal for Sharon Tate, the first booth to the left in the "Old Room" of Musso's - Charlie Chaplin's favorite booth, the first booth going down the stair at the Prince Restaurant (with the plaque Drury Lane) - where Jack and Faye sat in the Restaurant scene of China Town); the HMS Bounty - each booth has a plaque for the 50's stars that ate at those booths. The Rainbow Bar and Grill where Monroe and DiMaggio had their first date.

    2. Barney's Beanery, Boardners

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      1. re: mbh65

        If this is a client dinner, I would not take my clients to Barney's Beanery for dinner, this is a more of a dive bar than restaurant.

      2. Check out this site:


        1. I think Janis Joplin had her last meal at Barney's and they serve pretty much anything you want.

          1. that is a very cool website.

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            1. re: wyatt3290

              Been here since the 70's, The Palm on Santa Monica. http://www.thepalm.com/sitemain.cfm?s...

            2. Philippe The Original
              1001 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles CA. 90012
              (213) 628-3781
              One block north of Union Station / Olvera St, at Alameda and Ord St.

              Canter's Delicatessen and Restaurant
              419 North Fairfax Avenue
              Los Angeles, California 90036
              (323) 651-2030

              The Original Pantry
              877 S Figueroa St (Cross Street:James M Wood Boulevard
              )Los Angeles, CA
              (213) 972-9279

              Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery
              6333 W 3rd St (Farmers Market)
              Los Angeles, CA
              (323) 933-8446
              Cross Street:Fairfax Avenue

              Langer's Delicatessen
              704 S Alvarado St,
              Los Angeles, CA 90057

              Also, Some Chowhound talk about where Bogie might have eaten

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              1. re: JeetJet

                Langer's is a great place and a piece of LA history, but won't work for the OP as they want someplace for dinner and Langer's closes at 4 pm IIRC.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Langer's closes early. Yep, that is correct. My bad – Duh Uh. This proves that I really need my coffee before trying to sign-on and respond.. BUT, when I first tried to make my coffee this morning I forgot to insert the filter and so that pot went down the drain. I am now waiting for the second pot. That proves I should have a cup of coffee before trying to make a pot of coffee. Also, I now noticed that the OP wanted a place for the night of 1/31/08. Again, Duh. But maybe since these post live forever (just like magic dragons) maybe it does not matter to add more for some future reference searching, but still – duh.

                  Now that I am a little more awake I realized what might have been an even better place for the boss to entertain out-of-the-country guests – Lawry's (unless the guests are from England)
                  Lawry's The Prime Rib
                  100 N. La Cienega Boulevard
                  Beverly Hills, CA 90211
                  (310) 652-2827

              2. Agree w/ Musso's

                Dan Tana's

                Go see Marty and Elaine at Formosa Cafe for drinks after

                The Derby

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                1. re: Emme

                  Marty and Elaine perform at the Dresden Room rather than the Formosa Cafe.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    yes! thank you!