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Dec 30, 2009 09:21 AM

Turkey sandwich at Philippe's?

How is the turkey sandwich at Philippe's? I don't eat red meat so the famed beef or lamb are out. I never thought to try it but after watching the "Sandwich Paradise" special on the Travel Channel this week I feel like I need to visit this LA landmark. Thoughts? Is it good turkey meat?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. It's good (so is the cheese sammy), but i've never had it without the au jus. Don't see much point without it.

    You can go for the sides alone though. The slaw and potato salad are delicious, and the baked apple (in season now) is killer.

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    1. re: B Minus

      The au jus should be a turkey au ju. All the au jus is from the roast itself whether it's beef, lamb or turkey. So the turkey dip would have a turkey au jus. I second on the side and double second on the bake apple!

      1. re: SeaCook

        Really!? Didn't know that. I always thought they used a common beef dip. Thanks!

        1. re: SeaCook

          Make sure it's at least double dipped. The single dip just doesn't cut for me regardless of what sandwich I get (usually lamb).

            1. re: OCAnn

              Get the au jus on the side. So much the better for tidy eating, and you get to control how much "juice" you want in each bite.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                The last couple times I went to Philippe's, over a year ago, I asked for the jus on the side and they wouldn't serve me any. They said they no longer serve it on the side, just dipped, or double dipped. I think over all their quality has deteriorated over the years, or the rest of the world has just gotten better. Either way, they really aren't that good.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Just like rednyellow, the past few times I have been, they will not to jus on the side, but they will double dip. Its still good just a little annoying.

        2. My sister had it this week, and said it was really good. She thought the au jus was beef though, so I would be sure to ask.

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          1. re: Rizza

            Huell Howser did a segment on Phillipe's a few years ago. He went into the kitchens and showed the actually roasts in the oven in their own jus. I think it was the owner explained that the sandwiches are dipped in the juices that developed in the roasting process. That's why the lamb dip is trully lamby. If it was a beef au jus it would interfere with the flavor of whatever meat it was served with. The exception of course being beef.

            Me I am a double dip laaaamb girl with a touch of mustard and potato salad on the side. If I am not driving then a glass of wine fron their amazing wine list. If I am then thier lemonade which is made fresh.

            1. re: SeaCook

              This description just made me salivate!

              1. re: OCAnn

                He he he I have done my work! Buuwaaaaah!

              2. re: SeaCook

                I've had the dip at Phillipe's both in the days when I ate mammals, and several "non-dips" since, on my understanding that there was in fact only ONE "au jus" in use there, and that it was a mixture from the meats. Anyone have clear info one way or the other? Have I been eating a dryer sandwich than I needed to?

                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                  On "Man Vs Food" on the Travel Channel they stated all the au jus were mixed together and that is the au jus that is used on all the dip sandwiches .

            2. They have a tuna sandwich too.
              Can't comment on it because I've never had it.

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              1. re: monku

                Does anyone know if the tuna is grilled, sauteed, baked, fried, ...? Do they have other fish sandwiches? I haven't been to Philippe's since the Rams left for St. Louis.

                  1. re: monku

                    OK, thanks, monku. I guess that means the "with its own juices" ("au jus") is mayonnaise.

                    1. re: Harry Nile

                      My favorite is the $4.95 grilled tuna sandwich at Portillo's in Buena Park.
                      A griilled piece of tuna.

                      1. re: monku

                        I'll try that sometime, but don't forget that Portillo's serves its Italian beef with an excellent "with its own juices."

                        Portillo's Hot Dogs
                        8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

                        Portillo's Hot Dogs
                        12840 Day St, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

                        1. re: Harry Nile

                          Went yesterday and had the Italian beef sandwich($4.50), put the Philippes beef dip($5.50) two nights before to shame. About two times more beef and they make their rolls frsh on the premises.

                          1. re: monku

                            Gosh, I hope you weren't the one I almost ran over as I raced to get that parking spot near the door! ;-)

                            1. re: Harry Nile

                              I had the #1 space next to the handicap spot about noon.
                              I originally ordered a burger and changed my mind while they were entering the order. Burgers are great too (1/3 lb.)

                          2. re: Harry Nile

                            I too love the Italian Beef with cheese and sweet peppers at Portillo's and surpassingly they taste just as good as they do at Portillo's in Chicago.

                1. It's my favorite. I don't feel so guilty about Phillipe when I get that. Go slightly overboard on the mustard. The mildness of the turkey combined with the shock of the mustard is one of my greatest pleasures.

                  1. The food at Phillipe's was a big letdown for me.....and others as well.


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                    1. re: fourunder

                      Thank you all for the responses! Dare I ask how the turkey sandwich is at Cole's? I'll try that after the Philippe's version if you fellow chowhounders think it's worth a meal.

                      1. re: bruinike

                        I think that Phillipe's turkey sandwich is better than Cole's, and the price, last I checked was better. Also, Philipe's breakfast ain't bad.

                        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                          I love Phillipes turkey sandwich! I don't eat red meat, but as for the dip, I just try to not think about it.

                          And they roast their own turkey, it's nice bit of white meat. The sweetness of the turkey with the shock of the mustard? Yummy!

                          And I think their excellent coffee is still about a dime a cup.

                          1. re: happybaker

                            Phillipe's coffee is the best cup of coffee you can get in LA for less than fifty cents....