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good french dip in Seattle?

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Does anyone know of a place to get a good french dip sandwich in Seattle? Thanks!

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  1. Pamela's Fine Foods, 6th and Stewart downtown. They serve breakfast and lunch.

    1. My favorite is the prime rib sandwich at Bings in Madison Park. The one at the RAM in U Village isn't bad either.

      1. I like the one at Barking Dog on 70th, a bit north of Ballard.

        1. This probably sounds hard to believe, but...

          Rascals Casino in south Seattle has a very good prime rib dip sandwich.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions! I did try the prime rib dip at Bing's today and it was very good. A bit pricey for an everyday lunch ($13.95 for sandwich and potato salad), but good for the the occasional craving.

            1. I think the one at Bings Bar and Grill in Madison Park is the best. They make their own Au Jus and they cut off about 90% of the fat. The ciabatta roll they use is from Columbia City Bakery.

                1. Gotta second Rizzo's although be aware that the meat is pre-dipped. It's not the type of French Dip where you actually dip the sandwich in the jus but it's very, very good.

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                  1. re: yoyo11

                    yes do be forewarned of that since most of us are used to dipping our own, but at the risk of sounding snarky (i merely intend to be informative) the kitchen doing the dipping was the original meaning of the french dip where it was invented in la.

                    1. re: yoyo11

                      They will supply you with Au Jus if asked.

                    2. It's not called a French dip but the Hot Beef at Tat's Deli with a side of au jus is the best French dip I've ever eaten. House roasted beef, provolone, peppers, horseradish on the French roll. The au jus is really good.

                        1. The Dipper at Grinder's in Shoreline is top notch (sauce served on the side). Yum, I'm craving one right now . . .


                          1. Try the Red Onion in Madison Park. This divish bar has been there forever and is way different than the rest of Madison Park. Family owned and seemingly always mostly empty, the French dips are great and I think around $7.

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                            1. re: okgals

                              okgals - can you say more about WHY they are great?

                              1. re: gingershelley

                                Well to me the French dip is all about the roast beef. And the proprietor makes a nice tender beef and serves it on a nice French bread which is not too soft and not too hard; a generous amount of au jus. Horseradish, etc on the side; no toppings. Side of potato salad or chips from the bag and order a beer or soda; just classic; nothing fancy and sit in a booth next to the street and watch the Madison park gentry go by. I've been going here every now and then for over 10 years and someday it will probably just vanish but for now.... then a stop at Madison Park Bakery to take something sweet home.

                                1. re: okgals

                                  That sounds terrific! Thanks for reply:)

                            2. Aahh, the non French French Dip - one of my favorite sandwiches!

                              Glenna, do you want a 'clean' sandwich with no embelishments, or are things like cheese, caramelized onions, saute├ęd onions, allowed?

                              For me, tender meat, not-salty Jus, and a toasted bun 'just dipped' with moistness, but not falling apart are the key starting points.

                              Curious what results you will get.....

                              1. I was surprised to find that the French dip (they might call it a roast beef sandwich with au jus) at Joey's in Bellevue was freaking delicious.

                                Moist, fatty beef, soft-chewy bread that soaked up the jus perfectly. It costs like $16 (which seems like waaaay too much for a french dip), but it might have been worth it.

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                                1. re: GreenYoshi

                                  Gyoshi; Yes! When I was on an expense account, I used to love to meet clients at Joey's places, and one of my fav's was the french dip. Damned expensive, and all those leggy models (er, servers/hostesses) used to make me feel positively awkward, but loved the French dip, and clients loved being taken there.

                                  Sigh. No more expense account means French Dips somewhere more mortal these days:)

                                2. The best I've had in Seattle was at the old Maritime Pacific Taproom. Really good shaved beef on a toasted roll with grilled wild mushrooms and a green peppercorn jus. It's not on the menu any more though :(

                                  The Feedback Lounge in West Seattle has a good one. Nice tender thinly shaved beef and good toasty roll that doesn't dissolve in the jus.

                                  ETA: How could I forget about the Wedgwood Broiler!?!? That one most closely resembles the dips at the steakhouse I worked in growing up.

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                                  1. re: Brunhilde

                                    Brunhilde - what a tease with that Maritime Pacific French Dip! That sounds great!

                                    On topic of French Dips that are no more.... the one at the Butcher in the Design Center, back in the day was killer - a 'prime rib dip', with cheese and optional caramelized onions on a great toasty bun... sigh.

                                    Good tip on the Feedback loungs, thanks.

                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                      If I keep talking about it, maybe they'll bring it back!

                                      And I just remembered that Wedgwood Broiler does french dip "sliders" in the bar for happy hour. For when you just want a little dip :)

                                  2. So Dot's Deli just posted that their lunch special is Roast lamb leg french dip with horseradish creme fraiche, lamb jus. But I'm working downtown. Please someone go eat this and then describe it in detail so I may live vicariously through you.

                                    Are there any decent french dips downtown?

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                                    1. re: Brunhilde

                                      Pamela's, Local 360, and the Metropolitan Grill all do a decent dip...

                                    2. Had one at Swanson's @ Northgate yesterday. Decent. To me, the beef was too fatty and the roll too thin and soft so it couldn't stand up to the au jus; plus it was 16.95!

                                      Still sticking with the Red Onion, may it live forever.