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Philippe the Original

Map & Directions 1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Now that its only serious competitor is about to be retrofitted into a gleaming replica of itself, Philippe's is one of the few remaining artifacts of the Los Angeles that Philip Marlowe knew, a sprawling complex of long tables, cheap coffee, sawdust-sprinkled floors and a Depression-era beef stew of the type that has always made hard-working Americans swoon, so much a relic of prewar Los Angeles that sometimes it feels as if it isn't really a part of Los Angeles at all, as if it belongs to an older city without neon, chrome or arugula... Philippe's is the spiritual home of the French dip, that famous sandwich of carved meat layered onto a jus-soaked roll, imitated, never successfully, all over the United States for the last 100 years. If I reach my own 100th birthday, I intend to celebrate it here with a lamb dip, extra blue cheese, a dish of tapioca pudding and a glass of California red wine. For takeout, must call ahead, and order must be over $40.

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  • ZAGAT on 04/26/10

    Order the lamb sandwich and get it “double-dipped” for extra au jus goodness.

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    Since I don’t live in LA, I crave their sandwiches a little extra. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.-Jimmy Bradley , Top Chef

  • Travel Channel on 08/03/11

    Order the signature French dipped sandwich, which Philippe's is said to have created during a very happy culinary accident. --Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation

  • Travel Channel on 12/06/10

    There’s nothing like roasted lamb on soft bread drenched in gravy. Yeah, this is good! – Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations

  • LA Weekly on 01/29/13

    The spiritual home of the French dip, the famous sandwich of carved meat on a jus-soaked roll + 9 cent coffee, 50 cent iced tea, 60 cent lemonade, perfect coleslaw and pies & sawdust covered floors!

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