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Los Angeles Restaurants

Philippe the Original

  • 1001 N. Alameda St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/14/2014

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Dating from 1908, L.A.'s oldest restaurant claims that the French dip sandwich originated here. You can get one made with beef, pork, ham, lamb, or turkey on a freshly baked roll; the house hot mustard is as famous as the sandwiches. Its reputation is earned by maintaining traditions, from sawdust on the floor to long communal tables where customers debate the Dodgers or local politics. The home cooking—orders are taken at the counter where some of the motherly servers

have managed their long lines for decades—includes huge breakfasts, chili, pickled eggs, and a generous pie selection. The best bargain: a cup of java for 49¢.

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1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, California, 90012, United States

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  • No credit cards
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 04/14/2014


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By kh09

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May 19, 2009

Must do for lunch

The best value in town. Great dips, great sides, cheap prices.

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