One of our favorite Los Angeles classics is Philippe The Original, which has been in business since 1908.
The charming deli/counter ambiance is enhanced with sawdust on the floor and shared high tables surrounded by stools. They also have booths in the back if that type of seating is preferred.
For over a hundred years Philippe’s has been a cash only establishment and recently altered their policies to accept credit cards.
The menu above the counter is small yet full of the favorites that have kept them going strong for 108 years.
Philippe’s “French Dipped Sandwich” is the specialty of the house and consist of either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham served on a light, freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack or Blue cheese may be added.
To accompany your sandwich Philippe’s offers options such as tart, tangy cole slaw, homemade potato and macaroni salads, hard boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers.
Daily soups are warm and comforting, like the navy bean on special the night of our visit.
A crumbling of saltine crackers brings the down home feel.
We are addicted to the lamb and have it with either blue or swiss cheese.
We prefer it double dipped with both the lower and upper halves of the roll dunked in roasting juices.
The pièce de résistance is the addition of their hot mustard which clears the sinuses and adds a mustard, vinegar spice tang that is the perfect accompaniment to the roasted meats.
We simply can’t get enough of the mustard and purchase jars of the stuff to take home.
The sour dill pickles feel right at home alongside the sandwiches.
Cakes are moist and flavorful and the coconut cake is high on our list of great ways to complete a Philippe’s meal.
For a taste of classic Los Angeles from one of the first purveyors of the French dip, Philippe’s is the spot to go retro.
Philippe the Original, 1001 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone – 213-628-3781 web site – philippes.com