Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

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If you long for an up-close visit to Hollywood’s golden era, look no further than Dan Tana’s Italian Restaurant located at 9071 Santa Monica Blvd. at Doheny in West Hollywood…. One of the city’s top-rated late nite (dine until 1 a.m.) haunts of the real celebrity crowd, owner operated Dan Tana’s has retained its retro aura (cushy red leather booths) and classic menu for decades (thick steaks, tender veal, chicken parmigan, or superlative meatballs and spaghetti)….

Approach with a hearty appetite, reservations, and a platinum credit card. The veteran waiter staff gives every party the star treatment, and the crowd is bound to be sprinkled with famous faces at their favorite watering hole.

The Brown Derby and Chasen‘s are Hollywood history, but the good old Musso & Frank Grill continues its pricey a la carte ways at 8264 Hollywood Blvd. just up the star sidewalk from Grauman‘s Chinese Theatre and other prime tourist destinations.

A bar that evokes Bogart or Welles at cocktail time … and a menu thick as a phonebook known by heart by the venerable service staff are just part of the M&F dining adventure. Order a prime beef steak and that’s exactly what you get. An omelet tells the same story. Potatoes or toast costs extra. It’s a nostalgic journey, but anything from the grill is cooked to order and tender to the palate nite. There’s paid, lighted self-parking behind the restaurant, and reservations are smart.

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