If the rich mahogany bar and somewhat dour, jacketed bartenders (who have a collective 90-plus years of experience) weren't enough of a tell, then the classic martinis delivered with aplomb would cue you in to the fact that Musso & Frank is a Los Angeles booze landmark. A dining landmark, too. While you can order plenty of other drinks, why drink anything but a martini in this restaurant that's been serving tourists and locals alike — and, famously, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler and William Faulkner — for almost a century. Take that martini dry, with two or more olives, poured expertly from a silver shaker, the liquid coursing into the glass the same way it has for decades. One can only wonder how many script deals were made over a lubricating mix of gin and vermouth. —Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
6667 Hollywood Blvd. , Hlywd., 90028. (323) 467-7788, mussoandfrank.com.