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What the ?*#$!...... No side au jus at Phillipe's?

Getting a little tired of the systematic erosion of some of my all-time favorite things, so I stuck like glue to a post in another topic about places around Chinatown (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/541801). Posters saying that Phillipe's won't serve the little dish of au jus with their sandwiches anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have to get to the bottom of this!!!!!!!!!!!

Phillipe's was a weekly lunch spot when I worked in the Lincoln Heights area in the 70's and I try to stop there whenever I'm in LA - which isn't often lately. How in the world do you serve a dip sandwich with nothing to dip in?????? I get that they pre-dip the sandwiches but that's like a resto saying you can't have your salad dressing on the side...... only pre-dressed.

I don't get it and I'd love to hear the feedback of hounds who go to Phillipe's these days. What's the true story on this????

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  1. Sorry, I don't know why the change. But I always order mine "double dipped" (they dip both halves of the bun) which gives plenty of jus for my taste.

    1. Always get the double dip. Did they ever serve au jus with their sandwiches? I don't remember seeing that before. Also, get the baked apple when it's in season.

      1. As far as I know they never served au jus on the side. The first time I went to Phillipe's was about 20 years ago, and I asked for au jus on the side and they refused, saying they don't do it. I not only get my sandwiches double dipped, but I ask them to completely submerge the top roll all the way in the au jus. It's a little messy, but oh so good.

        1. According to a story in the LAT, they recently stopped putting mustard jars on the tables - you have to order it with your sandwich. evidently, the health department decided (after, what, 80 years?) that the old was was unsanitary.

          Personally, I have yet to meet the microbe that would stand up under that mustard.

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          1. re: Muskrat

            Agreed about microbes and the mustard! Damn, I love that stuff.

            I've been going for years and they have never served au jus on the side, in my memory.

            For me: Pork, blue cheese, double dipped, mustard all the way! With often a ridiculously low priced glass of Silver Oak Cab.

            1. re: Muskrat

              Was at Phillipe's last week. The little jars of mustard are gone indeed, but they are replaced with squeeze bottles.

              They work perfectly.

              1. re: mar52

                I've never seen any side jus ever dining in, but I am glad that they finally use squeeze bottles instead of jars for the mustard. Hopefully nobody is going to put the tip of the squeeze bottle directly onto their chewed portion of their sandwich (as I witnessed a year back with the spoon off the jar) or it will defeat the health code purpose.

              2. re: Muskrat

                Actually, they removed the mustard pots but are supposed to have squirt bottles now, which isn't the same aesthetic but you can still squirt as much as you want vs. spoon.

                The story was on Eater LA, not the LAT
                http://la.eater.com/archives/2008/07/...

              3. Good news, Midlife: Just order it to TO GO with au jus on the side. One of the order takers told me that they'll only serve it on the side with a to go order. Then find yourself a table and chow down: they don't care where you eat it, trust me, that's how I do it everytime because I don't like a pre-dipped sandwich(unless it's Chicago Italian beef).

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                1. re: RoachCoach

                  Yes, they will do the au jus on the side if the sandwich is to go. and FYI: they put a LOT in that to-go cup!