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Looking for a "dipped" roast beef sandwich

Long been a fan of them, though it's been a long time since I had one (or, found one worth having).

They had Brennan & Carr on a recent Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives and, poking around a bit, I was happy to find there's a Rockville Center location,

However, despite the promise of the website, the location is long since closed.

Anyone know where to find one--a place that roasts the beef on the premises and makes the dipping juice? I live in south/east Nassau but don't mind a reasonable drive (I can't easily explain why, but I have a mental block about driving to Brooklyn/Queens).

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  1. Well, it's been a while so take this for what it's worth, but I used to get them pretty regularly at both Canterbury Ales locations (primarily Oyster Bay, though). The beef was ribeye roast done in house and the au jus was augmented with simmered sliced onions (sort of like you were dipping into a cup of onion soup)- a really nice accompanment to a pint of porter. I couldn't tell you if they've gone downhill or not, but it may be someplace to try if you're in the area.

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    1. re: TongoRad

      Thanks for the info; the closest I found at the OB Canterbury Ales is the "sliced prime steak sandwich":

      The Hungtingon OB has a prime rib sandwich for an eye-popping $18:
      though I don't know if the meat is thinly-sliced.

      BTW, the two locations were opened by the same person, but have been have not been related to each other for 25 years:

      1. re: Scott_R

        Hmm- it seems like they've gone a bit upscale with it; it was much cheaper when it was simply called a "French Dip".Hopefully the quality is still up there. I wish I could give you a more recent rec.

    2. Its quite a haul, and not exactly a dipped sandwich, but S & S Dugout in Southport, CT has a hot roast beef sandwich that is just to die for, and plenty sloppy/dipped - in gravy, noy au jus. I have never been able to eat more than 1/2 of one. Total hole in the wall place, but oh-so-good!

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      1. re: JenJeninCT

        Their cold RB ain't bad either, sliced thin and piled high on a roll.

        Plus its a Yankee haven..

          1. re: Scott_R

            I like the French Dip at Houston's. Major's has a good French Dip, but the au jus has an off taste

            1. re: jmax

              I 2nd Houstons...not big fan of chains..but I haven't had a better French Dip..If you have one in your area definitley worth a try!

              1. re: RayP

                as I mentioned in another similar post....surprisingly....Houstons too!

        1. The Brass Rail in Locust Valley has a great French Dip sandwich...although I've only been here once, it's on my list of places to go back to.


          1. does Sixth & Pine have them?

            1. It's not exactly what you are looking for. First it's in Port Chester in Westchester not Nassau. It's the best roast beef sandwich, not sure if they have dip. It's at Tarry Market, the market next to the Tarry Lodge restaurant owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. They cut the prime rib when you order it. (if you are luckily it's even hot!) They place it in a large roll, top it with salt, pepper and olive oil! It's divine! Give it a try if you even come up this way!

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              1. re: debmom

                Great sandwich indeed. If I remember correctly didn't it have some type of mushroom crust or dusting?

              2. Outback Steakhouse now has a sliced filet mignon sandwich served with decent French Dip. Topped with melted Provolone cheese, and slathered with garlic herb aioli on toasted focaccia. $10.95 includes one side. or $7.95 for 1/2 sandwich & cup of soup at lunchtime 11am-3pm.

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                1. re: comtech5

                  Personally, I don't go to chain restaurants. At all.
                  So far, the only chance I've had to get the dipped beef sandwich has been to finally drive over to Brennan & Carr.