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Philippe the Original

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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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  • Reservations not accepted
  • No credit cards.
Updated: 04-14-2014

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    Must do for lunch

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

    by kh09, 5/19/09

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