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best French Dip sandwhich west of the 710?

DeLobster Feb 4, 2008 02:51 PM

i haven't had a decent one yet. surely there must be some good places in LA.

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    GuidoTKP Feb 4, 2008 03:38 PM

    Have you ever been to Philippe's? I find their product to be pretty outstanding.

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      DeLobster Feb 4, 2008 04:02 PM

      no. where is it?

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        justanotherpenguin Feb 4, 2008 09:12 PM

        absolutely phillippes. check out this thread:


      2. re: GuidoTKP
        Foodandwine Feb 5, 2008 04:23 PM

        I am partial to Philippe's Lamb and Blue Chese French Dip.. Mighty tasty and they actually carve it off the leg right in front of you..

        Philippe the Original
        1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        Ernie Feb 4, 2008 03:54 PM

        Houstons (several locations) and even better at Bandera (West LA)

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          russkar Feb 4, 2008 04:45 PM

          Houston's is unbeatable but keep in mind they use REAL Prime Rib not parts and pieces of who knows what in there sandwiches, another reason for the lofty price.

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            snooze button Feb 4, 2008 10:08 PM

            their beef dip with that horseradish sauce.... and those crispy fries... damn....

        2. Azizeh Barjesteh Feb 4, 2008 10:12 PM

          Yeah, I'd go to Houston's over Phillipe's. When I was at Phillipe's, the place was filthy. Bleh!
          Also, they pre-dip the sandwich in the au-jus, so unless you're a quick eater, it will be a soggy mess. They don't have french fries, either. Just chips and other various snacks. It's more of a cafeteria, whereas Houston's is a steakhouse with french dips.

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            oldusedcop Feb 4, 2008 10:29 PM

            The reasons for going to Philippe's is not the food. The sandwiches are small. The portions of meat are stingy at best. The pies are basic trucker's delight. One goes to Philippe's for the smell of sawdust on the floor, to look at the people, including possibly the world's oldest living employees, and to take in the general atmosphere.

            1. SaltCod Feb 5, 2008 01:42 AM

              Best thing about Phillippes is they do a Lamb dip. I love that sandwich with a bag of chips. Don't know of another Lamb dip in town better than Phillippe's.

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                nosh Feb 5, 2008 08:53 AM

                Lamb or pork dip is a tasty sandwich at Phillippe's, albeit small and not cheap. Beef tends to be dry and tough. Supplementing with a bowl of chili or stew or soup helps things there. For much heftier, and yes, better sandwiches, give East Side Deli a try.

                I just end up feeling ripped off at Houston's or Bandera. My gosh, their fall-off-the-bones ribs, which are steamed and never taste smoke, are more expensive than many place's steaks. The burger is a stamped patty, yes properly cooked, but on an assembly-line bun with unwarned mustard. Yeah, I understand the yuppie appeal and high-traffic popularity, but while the french dip is good you are spending more than a $20!

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                  Azizeh Barjesteh Feb 5, 2008 11:24 AM

                  Houston's doesn't steam their ribs. The hamburger is ground up daily and formed by hand. The buns are made in house. Maybe it's been a while since you've been there. But, I worked there... so I saw it daily.

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                    Schweinhaxen Feb 5, 2008 01:56 PM

                    Phillipe's is a joke. The meat tastes like the sawdust from the floor, and the pickles and condiments are laughable. Folks who think they are getting a food experience at Philippes will probably be disappointed. I am happy to see all the tourists there smiling and grinning.

                    For better meat in DLA head over to Langer's for Pastrami.
                    For better meat in WLA have the French Dip at Houston's.

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                      GuidoTKP Feb 5, 2008 04:41 PM

                      The Lamb Dip w/ Blue Cheese as one of the other posters mentioned is pretty rockin'. Since it's been a while since I've ordered the beef, I can't really comment on how good it is.

                      I'm also a huge fan of the Houston's/Bandera beef dip, but it's in an entirely different area code in terms of price/quality (I also find it a pain in the ass to eat at Houston's/Bandera since they are always packed and don't take reservations).

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                  Scotty Feb 5, 2008 09:40 AM

                  I just went to Langers and I bought a buddy who I could not talk into getting a #17.

                  He had a dipped brisket that looked great! He said he'd go back for that sandwich and he's been to Philippe's!

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                    Ery1 Feb 5, 2008 10:48 AM

                    Off the beaten path is a beef dip I most enjoy at Taix during lunch- Fantastic. Love their shoestring pomme frites and the aujus.

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                      rednyellow Feb 5, 2008 02:36 PM

                      It is very good.

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                        Wolfgang Feb 5, 2008 03:31 PM

                        Taylor's in koreatown has a delicious french dip.

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