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Sep 5, 2006 08:15 AM

Phillipe's Famous French Dip

I'll never forget the first time I went to Phillipe's and had a Lamb Dip. The moist lamb melted in my mouth and the soft, perfectly dipped bread had my tastebuds singing praises to God! I was 8 years old. Now I am 25 and continue to indulge at least once a week.
If anyone is visiting Los Angeles, you MUST go to Phillipe's (1001 Alameda St.).
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  1. Last week I started a thread about the best beef dip in Los Angeles and sort of stated my remarks about Phillipes beef dip in particular. Things I love about Phillipes are the 10 cent lemonade or iced tea which are excellent. The long fluff n fold communal laundromat tables where everyone sits together on stools that seem too low. The general ambience which makes you feel like you've stepped out of a time machine in an era long since passed. Also like the chili, desserts and counter folks. To me the beef dip (I don't eat lamb or pork)meat is tasteless and even with the au jus still leaves me wanting something better. Folks rave about the lamb however over and over on this board.

    1. I looooove Phillipe's macaroni salad. So creamy and perfect. My usual order is a double dipped turkey (and add a little bit of that mustard), macaroni salad, and a pickled egg--can't resist that glowing pink egg! Sometimes also a slice of pie. The lemonade/ice tea is no longer 10 cents, I don't think it's been that price for a long long time. Also love the candy and gum from childhood.

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      1. re: slacker

        The potato salad is great too - they lean on more mustard and less mayo.

        My family has a real weakness for the pies.

          1. re: Diskes

            The cole slaw also kicks ass. Nice little vinegar finish.

          2. re: slacker

            every time i get macaroni salad it is too salty.

          3. I went a few months ago for the first time! I wanna go back soon.

            1. Coffee for less than the price of a gumball.

              Regulars that can tell (tall?) tales about when Union Station was designed by the Parkinsons.

              Sawdust on the floors.

              Hot mustard.

              Wishing it had a drive-thru when running late for a Dodgers game ...

              1. I've been eating there for 45 years.

                My family was always big on the lamb sandwich so it has been the only one I have tried. All meat used to be carved from roasts. Little by little they have disappeared ... lamb now is the last holdout for hand-carved.

                I love their macaroni salad, cole slaw and pickled eggs. Iced tea and lemonade are great! The beef stew is good. I always had the cheesecake afterwards but haven't had it in years.

                I live close by so Phillipe's is also a breakfast destination. Love those buttermilk biscuits. I did see an item that was new to me a couple of weeks ago: A ham and egg sandwich for breakfast. It has a thick slab of ham and fried eggs on top in a french roll. I'm going to try it next time. :)