|The Tam O'Shanter Inn|
While it has endured some cosmetic and structural changes, the integrity of the original concept and design theme is very much intact - praiseworthy in a region where themes come and go (mostly the latter) and where vernacular architecture is quickly torn down or repurposed beyond recognition. While we secretly think it is kind of awesome, we live in a town where tamales turn into beauty parlors. Is there no respect for history?! Well, there is at The Tam O'Shanter; the original family of owner/operators has been serving high tone Hollywood types for over 90 years in the same helpful, hospitable Scottish style.
|Given my druthers, I, of course, would prefer the Tam O'Shanter of the 20's|
Speaking of old-Hollywood, the roster of diners at Tam O'Shanter reads like a "Who's Who" of Hollywood royalty including one of our very favorites, Walt Disney. The original Disney Studios were located a very short distance from The Tam O'Shanter and became a regular spot for Disney and his team of hungry animators.
|Walt Disney, Tam O'Shanter owner Lawrence Frank, and|
Fortunately, the Tam O'Shanter need not only be a place where the elite meet; plebeians and untalented riffraff of every ilk are welcomed. Knowing this, we made our way there on a recent adventure day.
|No, Mr. Tiny, telephone reservations are not|
necessary for an early lunch.
|The hearth situated in the restaurant's entry recalls historic, roadside|
taverns and inns that dot the countryside of the British Isles.
|Wood-paneled nooks with gracious wingback chairs invite|
hungry guests to stay and chat awhile.
For lunch, the Ale & Sandwich Bar provides fresh, carvery sandwiches and pub food including homemade potato chips and macaroni and cheese.
|I was a little too shy to ask for a photo of our server, but she|
was clad in an outfit not too dissimilar from the one seen on
a Tam O'Shanter hostess circa 1970.
|The Tam O'Shanter is a Lawry's restaurant, famous|
for their prime rib and roasted meats of every kind.
Mary ordered her sandwich from one of the master carvers.
|Mr. Tiny got the cobb salad - more Hollywood than Edinburgh - but|
really quite tasty.
The Scottish theme is evident in every nook and cranny of the Tam O'Shanter's many dining rooms. Having never been to the British Isles, I can only hope and imagine that, should I get the chance to go, I would be treated to a very similar experience - including the glaring omission of haggis from then menu offferings. Again, "None for me , thanks."
Given its Scottish - empahasis on the "ish" - provenance and its show business ties, I couldn't help but think of the Scottish number from an under-appreciated Astaire and Rogers musical picture, The Barkleys of Broadway.
"My One and Only Highland Fling" - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
|Feeling fine after a bra bricht lunch, Mr. Tiny took|
part in that oldest of Scottish traditions, lion surfing.
Sadly, we missed last year's 90th anniversary as wonderfully documented by our pal, Patricia Lynn, over at "Lady by Choice." But if you're ever in the neighborhood and have time to stop and smell the heather, I highly recommend The Tam O'Shanter Inn. If its Hollywood history (John Wayne ate here) isn't enough to lure you, then come for the theme; I have truly been converted.
The Tam O'Shanter Inn
2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA