I went to Philippe the Original, which purports to be Home of the French Dip sandwich. According to Wikipedia, "Two restaurants in Los Angeles have claimed to be the birthplace of the French dip: Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet and Philippe The Original." Although I really wanted to go to Cole's as well so I could do a head-to-head comparison/showdown, time didn't permit, so I'll have to hit it up next time!!!
Philippe is in LA and we had a great time visiting. What follows is a mostly photo-based review of the experience, which truly is enjoyable. I hope you enjoy the slide show and commentary!!!
|Here's a closer view of the front of the building. You can see the Chinatown sign if you look closely. It's a quaint little place...|
|Here's more of a beautiful view of the front. I used my real digital camera, a Panasonic with Lumix lenses, instead of my typical (not very high quality) smartphone camera. Remember you can click on these images for originally-sized versions!!!|
|The Philippe sign. French Dipped Sandwiches. Classic. There's a really large parking lot and tons of people appear to descend upon this place. We went there at lunchtime on Saturday and it was busy!!!|
|Here we are walking into the many long lines. It's bright with the beer neon signs and has a great, interesting, busy, authentic feel to it. It's a real experience!!!|
|Here's a close-up of the sawdust shavings on the floor. Again, I am not sure why they are there, but they're there...|
|Here's the view of "standing in line". There's tons of people and everyone seems anxiously awaiting. There's lots to look at and it's very good people-watching!!!|
|The fine-looking back of Jessica's head in the foreground (green sweater), looking at the menus and such as we wait in line.|
|A picture of some pies that someone ordered. In reading their reviews on Yelp, the pies are quite popular and enjoyed. We didn't order pie...maybe next time.|
|I noticed this guy in a room behind the counter taking fresh bread out of the oven.|
|I spotted many jars of their famous (and spicy) mustard among other supplies behind the counter.|
|The purple jar here is of their pickled eggs, which we ordered and were quite good. Another famous place in the Long Beach, CA area (south of LA) that has pickled eggs is Joe Jost's. We didn't go there, but it's recommended as an experience and I believe they have really cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (PBR to the wise).|
|This is a picture of the turkey French Dipped Sandwich on a white paper plate. The turkey is good (cut fresh by the lunch lady right in front of you) and the bread is really good.|
|The table on the right is where we sat. It's bright in this simple, no flair room. Get to eatin'!|