Since 1918, this place has been serving the best French-dipped sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was the original Philippe 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 the original Philippe who claims to have invented the juicy concoction nearly a 100 years ago. The prices haven't changed that much since—a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich goes for around USD5. Want a cup of coffee? Got a dime? No kidding. No credit cards are accepted; however, there is an ATM machine available on the premises.
Well, my first trip downtown would't be complete without a stop at this historic restaurant. First off, the wait time was very minimal; albeit that I showed up in the evening and the food was very reasonably priced, especially considering the demand for this deliscious sandwiches. The lemonade is awesome and it was priced for less than .75$. I would personally recommend the spicy horseradish sauce, but it certainly is not for the faint of heart...or tongue for that matter. Definately clears out the sinuses, thats for sure. The service was also very friendly. I'll be back no doubt...
OK so we have long lines, small glasses, difficult parking, and a screwed up ATM that charges you a bunch. So why do so many people come for generations to Philippe�s? It is because the food is great and the people are wonderful. This is one of my favorite places anywhere. Maybe part of it is many fond memories, but number me in the thousands who have them archived here.
This is where the French Dip sandwich was invented. Don't expect what you get in your local coffee shop though, as these do not come Au Jus. I mean they do NOT come that way. They will not let you order a side of Au Jus. So if you like your sandwich wet like I do, ask them to double dip it. You can get different meat, and I enjoy the lamb and beef. You can also have different cheeses. Try the crumbled blue cheese with the beef dip. Unless you do not care for mustard you have to try theirs. Just be careful because it is definitely hot. You see these little dipping utensils and there is a reason for this. The salads are pretty good and I really like to follow my meal with some old fashioned tapioca. The also serve cheap coffee and a pretty decent deli style lemonade in very small glasses. No refills kid but they are not expensive and you buy a few once you get to the head of the line. The sides are pretty good but I have gone on and the menu is fairly large in the accoutrements area so do like the rest of us and come back and try stuff. Make sure you get a pickle though.
The lines are long and sometimes there is a wait. However these people have been doing it for years and the line is part of the experience. They go through it amazingly quick with a central cashier and little trays�well you have to see it for yourself. And despite the incredible pace they keep it is done with a smile. Trust me I have been going there for years.
This place is a historic landmark and I believe was purportedly underneath what was once a house of ill repute. The ambiance is absentmindedly kitschy and functional. The seating is a little uncomfortable probably to get people out because it is always busy. You sit community style on benches unless you happen to get on of the wooden booths. Despite this I have spent many hours malingering here with friends. Situated across from the Postal Annex, just down the street from Union Station and Olvera Street at the edge of Chinatown. It is at the center of L.A.'s diversity. It is a great place to center a day trip around. Bring your children here and share in a Los Angles tradition, as it is one of the oldest restaurants in L.A. It is also fun. The decor features old trains and pictures of Circus performers who used to frequent the place. The history is written and shown on the walls. It is also not far from the Children�s Museum.
I love this place and have recommended it to friends coming into town, from out of State, and out of Country. All have loved it. But gee they need to fix the darn ATM.
Why go here? It's probably the oldest restaurant in LA, it looks and feels that way, it's the birthplace of the french dip, and coffee is dirt cheap.
Meanwhile, it's too far to walk from downtown, parking is so-so, and the food ain't much to tell mama about.
But hey, it *is* good cheap food. And they don't try to keep up with the trends, which means you get a good idea of what LA was really like back then. If you miss Philippe, no problem, there are better places to eat.
As a father always trying to tech my children about the Los Angeles city life, we always take a weekend to go to a different restaurant that has history. This is one place that my entire family loves and it is the first one they always ask to go to. It is so nice to see that this tradition will continue as my eldest now takes her family down there at every opportunity.
The food is always A+. It can get crowded but hte line moves quickly. Love everything that is on the menu!
We liked everything about this place - delicious food, good service, wonderful ambience! I have lived in the Los Angeles area for over 60 years, and my husband has been here since 1948; and we had never, in all those years, had a chance to experience one of Phillippe's famous French Dip sandwiches. Well, let me tell you, it was worth the wait! We have never had a more delicious dip sandwich. We will, definitely, recommend it to our friends and family; and we will look forward to returning many times.
The pros about Philippe was the food. In my mind it's the best food located near Dodger Stadium (always great food to eat after or to take to the ballgame!) and somewhat near Downtown LA. It's a historical restaurant and when you eat there you'll be a part of their continous history.
Cons: On the weekends and during the lunch/dinner hour the restaurant becomes crowded and the approximate waiting period is most likely 20-40 mins. But other than that it's a great place to dine in one of LA's historical restaurant.