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Philippe The Original

1001 N. Alameda St. (Ord St.) Send to Phone
213-628-3781 | Menu
One of L.A.’s oldest and most beloved eateries, this is the place for French dip sandwiches, devoured at communal tables. Photo by Kim / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
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Philippe The Original, Los Angeles, CA

Philippe The Original Restaurant Review

: The décor of this cavernous landmark --- founded in 1908, it’s one of the city’s oldest eateries --- is vintage fast-food: sawdust on the floors, neon beer signs and high stools along communal tables. People have been lining up at the huge counter to order French dip sandwiches filled with beef, pork, ham, turkey or lamb for nearly a century (the sandwich wasn't "invented" until 1918). These signature sandwiches are made with fresh-roasted meats pulled off the bone and layered inside crusty rolls dipped in hot pan juices. We find the lamb especially good --- and great when slathered with the house’s hot mustard, found in miniature pots on every table. You can order tart lemonade and other drinks, but splurge on wine at this legendary spot, as it has one of the best by-the-glass lists in town: from Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc and Paul Hobbs' CrossBarn Chardonnay to Frog's Leap Merlot and Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, all at reasonable prices. Breakfast features massive portions of pancakes and omelets, served from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. And despite a price increase (the first in decades), a cup of joe costs less than two quarters. It’s cash only here, but there’s an ATM on site in case your wallet’s empty.
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