Since 1918, this place has been serving the best French-dipped sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who ... More
Philippe the Original
Since 1918, this place has been serving the best French-dipped sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction nearly 100 years ago. The prices haven't changed that much since; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich satiate your palate and suit your pocket! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming hot cup.
Come to Philippe s when you re in town.: Open daily 6:00am -- 10:00pm. Thanks to KCET s program, Visiting With...Huell Howser , I have visited this nearly 105 years old cafe several times. Famous for its original French Dipped Sandwiches that were created there. Opened in 1908, but has been in its present building since 1951 and they still have the sawdust on the floor. From city officials to celebrities to out-of-town travelers, many people come here for lunch. They also serve Egg Breakfasts and Pancakes & French Toast Breakfast from 6:00am until 10:30am. If you are at Union Station and have one hour and a half to spare, go outside of Union Station (westward), cross Alameda Street and turn right, walk northward a couple of blocks and there is Philippe s at the corner. There are no waiters. You order and pay at the counter. Menu on wall to your right. NO CREDIT CARDS allowed. Cash accepted. Take your lunch tray to table. French dip roast beef Sandwich, macaroni salad, custard pudding, many varieties of food is here.Check out the menu at www.philippes.com. College students to seniors like to group here. Nighttime for family dinner. Saturday and Sunday usually has a sports crowd. Gum stand, big television set, inside phone booths and security on watch.
Don't understand what all the hype is about. I've been there twice. The second time a few months later on the chance maybe my first visit was just a fluke. The food is NOTHING to rave about. Sliced meat sandwiches are small for what you pay. I got a double meat and it was the size of a regular at Jersey Mike's. Like soggy bread? Then you'll like this place. I don't. Moist is fine, but waterlogged isn't. Cafeteria like seating and questionable sanitation, plus long lines. I felt like I was eating at an airport resturant paying high prices for poor food.
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