Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I went to Philippe's for the first time in a couple of year.
We were horrified at the condition of the restaurant. About 1/3 of the seats were taken by patrons, but almost all of the other 2/3 of the seating positions were occupied by dirty dishes. There wasn't a single spot where we could sit without being next to dirty dishes.
On the upside, my lamb dip was outstanding. My wife's turkey dip, not so much.
Philippe has never been the sort of place a Tidiness Addict could be comfortable in. The chronic lack of table busing (though I have actually seen people doing this, even when the joint was jumping), plus the all-pushing, all-shoving behavior that too often prevails among the waiting patrons, all annoy the bejabers out of me. However, if putting up with that is what it takes to get me a lamb or pork dip and some of that excellent potato salad, then so be it. I may be an old grouch sometimes, but I do try to keep my priorities straight!
Philippe's can get very busy, though I don't remember having dirty dishes hanging around too close unless there was someone collecting them. Anyway it's all about that lamb sandwich and potato salad (and maybe a slice of chocolate cream pie)
Even better than Phillipe's is Phillipe's TAKE-OUT! As a matter of fact, you can even buy a whole leg of lamb, a bag of rolls, a quart of au jus and a jar of mustard... and it was extremely reasonable as I recall. Then, invite some friends over and it's not baaahaaaaaad (as my husband would say - what a KID-er!! yak yak - okay, enough with the cheap, or sound I say sheep, jokes!)