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Jolly Jug

Map & Directions 4264 N. Peck Road
El Monte, CA 91732
  • Diner, Sandwiches
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Everybody knows who makes the best French dip in town. It's Cole's, which serves a chopped-and-channeled version of the venerable sandwich in L.A.'s oldest restaurant. Or it's Philippe's, the sawdust-floored diner that also claims to have invented the sandwich. But if you like gravy with a little heft to it, gravy that will stick to the ceiling if you want it to or double as Bondo in a body-shop emergency, Jolly Jug is the place you want to go, home to El Monte's Most Honored Sandwich: a light, crisp roll; strata of carved beef; and the gravy, a fearsome substance that could probably be a primordial incubator of life given a few million years and a nurturing yellow sun. If our soldiers were to crave a French dip - a freedom dip - as an MRE, this would be the one they'd take to Afghanistan.

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  • LA Weekly on 12/01/10

    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best French Dip (Thick-Gravy Division)!

  • Pam F. on 06/22/13

    Simon the bartender is awesome!

  • Barbara N. on 10/15/12

    Steak sandwich, pastrami & beef dip, all excellent!

  • Anthony C. on 10/03/12

    Soup is fresh and homemade here. Had a beef macaroni soup that was pretty good.

  • kreestol c. on 06/15/11

    The owner(?) was overly attentive and very pushy. The food was blah and overpriced. SKIP iT

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