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Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA - (213) 628-3781
Philippe’s, which claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich, makes them from beef, pork, lamb, ham, or turkey. Beef is the classic, available single-dipped or, for serious juice-lovers, double-dipped in natural gravy. The place is a blast from the past: cafeteria service, floors strewn with sawdust, and a clientele from all walks of vintage L.A. life.
88% Approval Rating (54 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Lamb (Double) Dip Sandwich with Bleu Cheese
Pickled Beets
French dip sandwich
Macaroni Salad
Pickled Egg
Coffee
Baked Apple

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (10)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Philippe’s (pronounced Phil-ee-peez) claims to have invented the French dip sandwich nearly a century ago. The story is that a carver accidentally dropped a sliced roll in beef gravy and the customer was in too much of a hurry to wait for another roll to be cut and ..."   [Read More]
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Patricia Beninato - Photos (3)
October 10, 2011
"You have one day in Los Angeles. You have tickets to that night's Dodgers game and a picky-eating husband. Choose your eatery wisely. Or, best yet, just throw in to L.A. tradition and hit up Philippe the Original. Park at Union Station, the last of the old school ..."   [Read More]
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Glenn Dixon
September 09, 2008
"Visited Philippes for the first time. My son and I had the beef and lamb dip sandwiches. Sides were potato and macaroni salads. Dessert was cheesecake and coconut cream pie. Dr Peppers to drink. Although there is a lot of history at Philippe's, I was not ..."   [Read More]
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Jeff Broadwater
July 11, 2008
"Philippe's Original is one of those rare gems that are few and far between these days. This is a restaurant that stands on generations of good family management, and service to the Los Angeles community. It is an experience not to be missed. But besides the ..."   [Read More]
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Richard Brooks Alba
March 15, 2007
"I have to confess: against all the advice I was given to avoid Cole's (several blocks from Philippe's) French dips, I DID give it a try for the sake of objectivity. While the naysayers had overly dramatized their objections, I do believe they were correct: Philippe's ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1001 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA
(213) 628-3781

http://www.philippes.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Nice weekend afternoon pleasure.
"Nice weekend afternoon pleasure."
Dean Olson





Baked apples are available at Philippes only during apple season, from October through June. Not that this big hunk of sweetness has any fresh crispness left. It is soft and sugary, lolling in a pool of syrup.
"Baked apples are available at Philippes only during apple season, from October through June. Not that this big hunk of sweetness has any fresh crispness left. It is soft and sugary, lolling in a pool of syrup."
Michael Stern


A trayful at Philippe's: double-dipped French dip, a pickled egg, a baked apple, and a cup of coffee.
"A trayful at Philippe's: double-dipped French dip, a pickled egg, a baked apple, and a cup of coffee."
Michael Stern


A huge and delicious slice of coconut cream pie in the foreground, a smaller but no less delicious slice of pumpkin pie to the rear.
"A huge and delicious slice of coconut cream pie in the foreground, a smaller but no less delicious slice of pumpkin pie to the rear."
Patricia Beninato


Pickled eggs have been a staple at Philippe's for decades and you know something: they're good! Sweet and sour pickly, and a nice companion for a sandwich.
"Pickled eggs have been a staple at Philippe's for decades and you know something: they're good! Sweet and sour pickly, and a nice companion for a sandwich."
Michael Stern


Phillipe's mustard, available in squeeze bottles set out on the tables, is a great companion for the beef, but beware. It is ferociously hot!
"Phillipe's mustard, available in squeeze bottles set out on the tables, is a great companion for the beef, but beware. It is ferociously hot!"
Michael Stern


My standard order: pork dip, dill pickle, pickled egg, and coleslaw.
"My standard order: pork dip, dill pickle, pickled egg, and coleslaw."
Marlene Steinberg


A nine-cent cup of coffee on a vintage Philippe's tray.
"A nine-cent cup of coffee on a vintage Philippe's tray."
Michael Stern


A juicy home-style sandwich.
"A juicy home-style sandwich."
Dale Fine


A double-dipped lamb sandwich with just enough of Philippe's good mustard to complement.
"A double-dipped lamb sandwich with just enough of Philippe's good mustard to complement."
Patricia Beninato


Jury duty takes me to Philippe's for breakfast.
"Jury duty takes me to Philippe's for breakfast."
Marlene Steinberg


The French dip menu
"The French dip menu"
Marlene Steinberg


Colorful neon signs light up the serving counter while L.A. residents enjoy an early-morning meal.
"Colorful neon signs light up the serving counter while L.A. residents enjoy an early-morning meal."
Donald Thompson


Philippe's is not fast food. You likely will wait in one of the lines at the counter (at left of photo), and it takes a few moments for each sandwich to be made and tray assembled.
"Philippe's is not fast food. You likely will wait in one of the lines at the counter (at left of photo), and it takes a few moments for each sandwich to be made and tray assembled."
Michael Stern


Sawdust makes it easy to sweep the floor.
"Sawdust makes it easy to sweep the floor."
Michael Stern


Wish this photo could have been taken at night, old time neon signs for the win!
"Wish this photo could have been taken at night, old time neon signs for the win!"
Patricia Beninato


Is this really the home of the French dip sandwich?
"Is this really the home of the French dip sandwich?"
Michael Stern


Philippe's, circa 1935. Even then, it was a pretty old restaurant.
"Philippe's, circa 1935. Even then, it was a pretty old restaurant."
Michael Stern


Cole's P.E. Buffet in downtown Los Angeles disputes Philippe's claim of having invented the French dip. I wanted to do a one-after-another comparison of the two sandwiches, but mysteriously, Cole's was closed. It has had some rocky years recently. I hope it isn't gone for good.
"Cole's P.E. Buffet in downtown Los Angeles disputes Philippe's claim of having invented the French dip. I wanted to do a one-after-another comparison of the two sandwiches, but mysteriously, Cole's was closed. It has had some rocky years recently. I hope it isn't gone for good."
Michael Stern



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