It’s the kind of positive review cavalcade that Craig Susser’s Hollywood restaurant clientele dreams of. Only in this case, it’s the restaurateur getting the raves.
Since opening his throwback “joint” Craig’s on Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills a few months ago, Susser has been showered with praise by the New York Times, Jay Weston’s Restaurant Newsletter, and Zagat. Now he can add Merle Ginsberg of the Hollywood Reporter, who dubs Craig’s one of the film and TV industry’s three new “power restaurants”:
A typical night might see Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Phillippe, Dick Wolf across the room and Patrick Whitesell with wife [and reporter] Lauren Sanchez. Craig’s has a long menu (veal chop, classic wedge salad, tuna tartar, chicken cacciatore) that can service the movie mogul, the trophy wife, and the picky teens.
Ha, ha; always important to keep the trophy wife happy. Before opening his New York style eatery, Susser worked for 23 years at nearby Dan Tana’s as a waiter, maitre d’, and GM.