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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.
There is a unique style of service at Philippe's that dates back to its opening in which lines form in front of the long deli-display counter at ea...
Philippe the Original celebrated its 100th birthday just a few short years ago — that would be more than 100 years of dipping crusty baguettes in hearty jus for hungry L.A. crowds, and more than 100 years of sprinkling sawdust on the floors to... More »
It's easy to start nodding off when people drag out the old "New York vs. Los Angeles" debate; it's a tired one, and largely a comparison of Big Apples to orange groves, anyway. But after Bon Appetit ... More »
First, take a moment to sigh with relief. No, laugh. Because if there was ever a time to hoot and cheer as if you and your friends just narrowly averted death by trash compactor in the basement of th... More »
3rd Annual Halloween Party at Philippe the Original Members of Golden State Haunts, along with Valley Investigators of the Paranormal, will be on the lookout for the famed "Lady in White" in the upsta... More »
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