The name Lawry’s immediately brings to mind the familiar shaker of seasoning salt for many people, but the birthplace of this ubiquitous spice is a classic Beverly Hills establishment still in operation today. Lawry’s The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard has been churning out classic all-American fare since 1938, serving countless high profile guests, including long-time regulars Frank Sinatra and Mohammed Ali.
Unlike most other restaurants centered on beef, Lawry’s is considered a carvery. The only meat on the menu is the standing rib roast, and it is served as it always has been, cut to order from a silver carving cart rolled table to table. The famous Yorkshire pudding has been served since day one, as well. Today Lawry’s offers a somewhat expanded menu that even includes vegetarian options, but the focus on prime rib remains.
Trendier establishments have come and gone in the Beverly Hills area, but Lawry’s retains its place as a part of California and American dining history. Few people may realize that Lawry’s was the first restaurant in the U.S. to serve a fresh salad as part of the meal, now a standard offering at most sit-down eateries.