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Dec 10, 2010 08:28 AM

I NEED a french dip sandwich in austin

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

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    1. re: Rene

      +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.

      1. re: gilintx

        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.

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

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

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        1. re: amysuehere

          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.

          1. re: stephanieh

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

              1. re: ieathereforeiam

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

                1. re: dinaofdoom

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

                  1. re: stephanieh

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

          2. re: amysuehere

            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.

            1. re: foodiegal71

              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.

              1. re: PappyAustin

                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. La Madeleine has them. Decent.

            La Madeleine
            5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

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            1. re: luckyfatima

              "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

              1. re: stephanieh

                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.

              2. re: luckyfatima

                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

                1. re: danny_w

                  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

              3. 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.