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Los Angeles Restaurants

Philippe the Original

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

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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Restaurant Information

Address:

1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, California, 90012, USA

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Phone:

213-628–3781

Restaurant Details:

  • 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.

By cyndi

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Apr 19, 2004

Going back in time

Historical Old time cafeteria where you line up at the counter and wait for your food to be prepared. Your French dip is put into a plastic basket and your entire order put on a plastic tray. You decide where you want to sit to eat it. No Frills! Can't say the French Dip was memorable but the house mustard was .... whew ... heavy duty horseradish! Prices are moderate but not a bargain. Can't say you get alot food either but it's nice to go back in

time for a mess hall like setting once in a while.

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By Rich

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Jun 1, 2002

Double dip at this landmark cafe

The best in Los Angeles. A must.

By Mo

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May 16, 2001

Yummmmm...

When I think of that hot mustard on their delicious french dip, followed by the best chocolate cream pie in L.A., I get a warm and fuzzy feeling all over!

By Mary

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Sep 17, 2000

Great French Dip Sandwiches!

This is a great place.... from standing at the counter to order your food to sitting at the tables with sawdust on the floor and watching the crowd. try the lamb with blue cheese french dip for an delicious change!

By Andrew

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Jun 20, 2000

See It Once - and Only Once

Philippe's is an L.A. landmark, supposedly the birthplace of the French dip. (Another restaurant downtown claims that distinction, too.) The famous sandwich is rather bland, though, and the room is crowded with tourists and locals loudly complaining about the tourists. The coffee's the only real bargain here, but it is worth visiting if you are near Chinatown.

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