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Feb 4, 2008 02:51 PM

best French Dip sandwhich west of the 710?

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

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

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      1. re: GuidoTKP

        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

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

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        1. re: Ernie

          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.

          1. re: russkar

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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. 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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              1. re: SaltCod

                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!

                1. re: nosh

                  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.

                  1. re: nosh

                    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.

                    1. re: Schweinhaxen

                      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).