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I NEED a french dip sandwich in austin

wastelandmanstan Dec 10, 2010 08:28 AM

Im going nuts here, the french dip is haunting my dreams. anyone know a good place (or any place) that does a french dipped sandwich in the austin area?


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    Rene RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 10, 2010 08:51 AM

    Formerly Houston's, Bartlett's has a great french dip. It's pricey, though.


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      gilintx RE: Rene Dec 10, 2010 06:21 PM

      +1 on Bartlett's. Yes, it is an expensive sandwich, but it's made with prime rib, and I don't think I've ever finished one in a single sitting.

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        ieathereforeiam RE: gilintx Dec 10, 2010 08:19 PM

        funny you say that. I always get it and am a little bummed because I think it looks small. By the time I'm done I'm sorry I pushed myself that hard.

        I get it with the house made coleslaw and throw it under the bun on the second half.

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      danny_w RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 10, 2010 10:15 AM

      I want to know too, I love a good french dip!

      1. amysuehere RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 10, 2010 11:07 AM

        ( I can't believe I'm saying this, but...) Jason's Deli has a pretty decent french dip.

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          stephanieh RE: amysuehere Dec 10, 2010 01:00 PM

          I'll back you up on that. Jason's Deli has the best I've had in Austin... caveat, though, I haven't had any of the high end ones. I'd like to try Bartlett's sometime, but I haven't gotten around to it.

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            dinaofdoom RE: stephanieh Dec 10, 2010 04:11 PM

            okay. for $18, bartlett's better have the best french dip EVAR.

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              ieathereforeiam RE: dinaofdoom Dec 10, 2010 05:41 PM

              it is pretty damn good

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                dinaofdoom RE: ieathereforeiam Dec 10, 2010 06:11 PM

                i've never heard of this place.
                i'll have to visit.
                you know, for research.

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                  stephanieh RE: dinaofdoom Dec 10, 2010 06:39 PM

                  You probably have heard of Bartlett's. It's Houston's, only the name changed.

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                    dinaofdoom RE: stephanieh Dec 10, 2010 06:50 PM

                    ...and you are correct.
                    i was wondering how i could be so out of the loop!

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            foodiegal71 RE: amysuehere Dec 13, 2010 08:06 AM

            I will also back this up. I've had Bartlett's and it's really good, but honestly, not $18 good in my opinion. I'd rather have Jason's for less than half the price.

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              PappyAustin RE: foodiegal71 Dec 21, 2010 11:11 AM

              All this french dip talk made me want one and I just so happens I was going to Bartlett's. They are $17, not $18 as reported above. It was extremely good, but I have to agree with overpriced. After all, it is just a sandwich.

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                luckyfatima RE: PappyAustin Dec 21, 2010 04:35 PM

                I just tried it out last night. Very delicious. Jus dip needed a dash of salt, bread okay, didn't get soggy as long as I bit it immediately after the dip. The meat was the star. Gorgeous meat. I added horseradish sauce for moisture/lubrication and piquancy. I paid 18$. I probably wouldn't get it again anytime soon, but I enjoyed it and know what to get if I ever happen by Bartlett's again.

          3. luckyfatima RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 10, 2010 11:59 AM

            La Madeleine has them. Decent.

            La Madeleine
            5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

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              stephanieh RE: luckyfatima Dec 10, 2010 07:41 PM

              "Decent", that's a kind description of La Madeleine's french dip. I'd choose Quizno's and Arby's french dips over La Madeleine, but maybe that's because I don't like horseradish on mine.

              La Madeleine
              5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

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                luckyfatima RE: stephanieh Dec 11, 2010 12:06 PM

                Actually, my favorite part is the horseradish. For me the beef juice and meat are a little bland. It is not awful or anything, though. The bread stands up to the dip, at least. I am now interested in trying others after reading this thread.

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                danny_w RE: luckyfatima Dec 15, 2010 01:42 PM

                I had a french dip at La Madeleine yesterday (actually 1/2 sandwich deal) and could not even finish it. They had spilled the dip and left the sandwich sitting in the juices for a while, so by the time I got it the bottom half was all soggy and unappetizing. Yuck!

                La Madeleine
                5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

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                  luckyfatima RE: danny_w Dec 15, 2010 04:55 PM

                  Well, I don't like to buy sandwiches much, but actually this is the item I order if ever someone forces me to go to La Madeleine. The beef juice seems fake, pre-made, and the beef is mealy and not very flavorful, both could use more salt. I found the bread to be okay. It was never soggy when I had it. I like the idea of a french dip, though, and I am now itching to try an upscale one.

                  La Madeleine
                  5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

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                stephanieh RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 11, 2010 09:15 AM

                Best menu description of a french dip, but most disappointing goes to HomeField Grill in RR.
                Description -
                "Prime Rib Dip" - created by Phillipe's in Los Angeles a century ago, our 21st century version of the classic French dip combines peppercorn crusted shaved prime rib, melted provolone and caramelized onions on a fresh hoagie roll. Served with homemade au jus infused with (512) Brewing Company's Pecan Porter. $9.95.

                It wasn't terrible, but didn't live up to that description. I've attached a pic. I had it with sweet potato fries.

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                  breezy1 RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 15, 2010 12:59 PM

                  I, too, have been haunted by cravings of a good french dip. So much so, that I went in search of a recipe to make them myself. Most of the ones I found take 2+ hours to make, and when you want a french dip, you want it now! So, I found this one from Rachel Ray of 30 minute meal fame and it is FANTASTIC! And, it doesn't even take 30 minutes. So yummy. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ra...

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                    addlepated RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 15, 2010 02:54 PM

                    Bartlett's has my favorite French dip of all time.

                    I tried one from Texas Land and Cattle the other night. Unfortunately we got take out and they forgot my au jus (if there was supposed to be any) and the shoestring fries were clammy, plus they forgot my salad dressing and gave my kid a cheeseburger with no cheese... altogether an unfortunate experience.

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                      stephanieh RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 18, 2010 04:45 PM

                      Has anyone had the Tuesday special French Dip at Billy's on Burnet? It's not on the regular menu, and I don't get there much during the week, so I may never get to try it unless it's worth it. If it is, I'll find a way.

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                        hnewburn RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 19, 2010 05:06 PM

                        My best bet is the lamb with au jus at Fado's. Very crusty baguette, fantastic lamb, satisfied my cravings.

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                          patriciarae RE: hnewburn Dec 20, 2010 09:00 AM

                          The Belmont on West Sixth has a great French dip for $10.95

                        2. TAF RE: wastelandmanstan Dec 20, 2010 10:14 AM

                          The Flying Saucer has 'em! They call it the Big Dipper ... $7.99.

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                            jwynne2000 RE: TAF Dec 20, 2010 06:38 PM

                            I'll vouch for the Big Dipper. Comes with a Guiness au jus. Tasty.

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                            emoore RE: wastelandmanstan Jan 13, 2011 09:25 AM

                            I've never had it (I'm a vegetarian), but Which Wich has one.

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                              nypb RE: emoore Jan 13, 2011 06:44 PM

                              We went to lunch at the Roaring Fork over the holiday break and I had the Prime Rib Sliders. They consisted of tender, thinly sliced prime rib on super pillowy-soft buns with horseradish and au jus on the side. Served with a side of crispy, salty, shoestring fries. My mouth is watering thinking about it now.

                              Man, that almost sounded like a shill post but I can assure you I am not affiliated with the restaurant in any way.

                            2. hlk RE: wastelandmanstan Jan 14, 2011 08:42 AM

                              I haven't had it, but The Good Knight is serving a fancy French dip at the moment, it seems:


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                                girloftheworld RE: hlk Jan 14, 2011 02:20 PM

                                does Justines Brasserie do a french dip?

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                                suitcasefoodie RE: wastelandmanstan Apr 27, 2011 08:45 PM

                                Bartlett's french dip is the best in Austin! I mean how can you go wrong with roasted prime rib and a perfectly toasted crunchy French roll? I always get it with mustard. It is a huge sandwich and I usually end up taking 1/2 home for dinner.

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                                  danny_w RE: suitcasefoodie Apr 28, 2011 05:50 AM

                                  I'm sure it is very good, but I could not bring myself to pay $18 for a french dip sandwich. Maybe if I get a coupon for there sometime I will try it.

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                                    dinaofdoom RE: suitcasefoodie Apr 28, 2011 12:12 PM

                                    suitcasefoodie, since you've only posted about barlett's, are there any other places you enjoy?

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                                      suitcasefoodie RE: dinaofdoom Apr 28, 2011 12:24 PM

                                      Dinaofdoom, yes! Do you needs some recs? Have lived in Austin most of my life, but have traveled all over the world. Just getting started talking about food on chowhound!

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