Welcome To The Glamorous Romanoff’s!
I love the golden age of Hollywood – and the legendary hangout for the rich and famous – and the Beverly Hills restaurant Romanoff’s was one of them!
Imagine sitting at dinner and watching Cary Grant light someone’s cigarette…what glamour!
From 1941 to 1962, Romanoff’s was THE place to be seen in Beverly Hills, and perhaps one reason was it’s very unique owner!
Harry F. Gerguson was known as Michael Romanoff – a Hollywood restaurateur, best remembered as the owner of Romanoff’s, a Beverly Hills restaurant that was Hollywood’s playground in the 40’s and 50’s!
Hilariously. Romanoff generally snubbed his clientele, and preferred to lunch with his dogs!
Romanoff claimed to be a member of Russia’s royal House of Romanov, although it was widely known to be untrue!
This photo cemented the restaurant’s reputation: the legendary shot of International Star Sophia Loren checking out Sex Kitten Jayne Mansfield!
Stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable made it the town’s hottest spot – and a good friend of mine sent me a menu from the restaurant!
While Romanoff’s featured a typical country club-style menu with items like Waldorf salad, tomatoes stuffed with crab, filet mignon, frog legs, eggs Benedict and sausages on toast, the restaurant became known for its chocolate soufflés, which were served to each guest in an individual portion!
Some of these great photos came from a terrific website I found, thanks to Author Martin Turnbull – see his story all about Romanoffs here:
Turnbull has written great novels about Hollywood’s golden era, and I picked one up to show my support!
The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.
Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:
Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”
Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”
Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”
Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”
I love the idea of novels that celebrate the golden age of Hollywood – and websites as well, including my friend Alison Martino’s terrific “Vintage Los Angeles” site:
She covers all things classic Hollywood, and recently shared this great ad for vintage Hollywood restaurants:
Alison shared these photos on her Facebook page called “MidcenturymodernLosAngeles” and you can see it here:
Alison tells great stories of classic Hollywood locations, and a time when stars went to restaurants like Musso & Frank:
Musso & Frank just celebrated it 100th Anniversary, and I love that they continue to be a hip Hollywood hangout – they were prominently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood.”
Let’s toast with one of their Martinis!
See their iconic menu, and what I ate when I was there, by clicking on my story here:
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