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Contrary to mischievous rumors I was not present when the venerable Tam O’Shanter Inn opened its doors nine decades ago. However, I’ve been a regular at the picturesque dining place for half a century and hereby join the hoopla for the Tam’s gala 90th birthday celebration.

Some years ago — I lose count these days — my Celebrity Table broadcasts originated from the Tam. Popular actor Cesar Romero recalled the restaurant’s early era when he would tether his mount for a coffee break when Los Feliz Boulevard was little more than a bridal path adjoining Griffith Park.

Today the Tam is the oldest family-owned restaurant still in its original location — and that’s no small distinction.

To mark the occasion the Tam is featuring a monthly roster of its classic menu and, for at least 20 natal occasions, I‘ll blow out my birthday candles there come March 21. The Tam and I are growing old together and the March classic entree choices include ‘50s favorites Shrimp and Crab Combination Louis, Hamburger Deck Steak (twin patties and cheese with onion rings), Prime Rib Steak Delmonico, and a Sirloin Steak Sandwich. The March dessert of the month is Cheesecake. How sweet it is. Executive Chef Ryan Wilson insists the only difference between the ’50s originals and today is the 2012 menu prices. I guess we still can‘t quite live in the past. The Tam is a Lawry’s Restaurant and has a complete bar and fine wine list.

There’ll be different classic dishes in April, May, and June. For the record Frank and Walter Van de Kamp of bakery fame launched The Tam O’Shanter Inn at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. five blocks east of the 5 Frwy, way back on June 22, 1922. For reservations, visit

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