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Where do they make the best French Dip sandwich in the county?

terlin Jan 24, 2011 08:27 PM

Looking for great bread, great meat and jus.
I live in Solana Beach so proximity would be a factor.

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  1. Divamac Jan 25, 2011 09:07 PM

    Motor City Deli in Miramar makes a great tri-tip sandwich. Not an authentic French Dip (the meat is no cut as thin) but good bread, GREAT meat and a side of jus.


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    1. re: Divamac
      terlin Jan 25, 2011 09:21 PM

      That sounds good! And it's not too far to drive. How much are they?

      1. re: terlin
        Divamac Jan 26, 2011 06:53 PM

        $7.99 for the 'wich and they are very generous. Their entire menu is online. They smoke their own meats on-premise. It's a real treat!

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          Island Jan 30, 2011 08:42 AM

          Thanks for the tip Divamac. Tried Motor City for lunch yesterday and had a generous smoky tri tip sandwich with sauteed mushrooms and onions, provolone and horseradish sauce on a crusty toasted roll. Delish. Will be back to try something else.

          1. re: Island
            royaljester Jan 30, 2011 08:05 PM

            I also tried this recently and it's excellent. Prices are very reasonable, close to Sorrento Valley is a plus.

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              mliew Jan 31, 2011 08:47 AM

              Anyone know if they are open weekends? Would like to try them but don't think I have time during the week.

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                Island Jan 31, 2011 10:06 AM

                Yes i was there on Sat and I called in advance to check. I think he said 10-3PM Sat and Sun, but may want to call to confirm. Only 2 or 3 parties came in while we were there, but he said there is often a line out the door on week days which is why they have online ordering you can do in advance.

      2. re: Divamac
        stevuchan Jan 26, 2011 07:23 AM

        Thanks for making my lunch plans.

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          araknd Jan 26, 2011 07:39 AM

          Cool, that's very close to my workplace. I think I'll try it today.

          1. re: Divamac
            stevuchan Jan 26, 2011 12:25 PM

            Thanks again for the tip, really nice sandwich on house made bread. Phoned in order, no au jus in the box, but really did not need it. Glad to have another lunch option in the area.

            1. re: stevuchan
              sdnosh Feb 2, 2011 01:54 PM

              I think I'm going to be in the minority here. I was excited to try Motor City as the post came just before one of my rare trips to the area. I ordered the tri tip with mash and gravy and was disappointed in everything. I found the meat dry and overly 'smoked',with an almost bottled smoke flavor. We were told by someone behind the counter that they purchase their bread from San Diego Bread and that is what it tasted like. I found the au jus to be bland and the mashed potatoes were some of the worse I ever have had.

              1. re: sdnosh
                stevuchan Feb 2, 2011 02:31 PM

                Bummer, top of menu reads "All Breads Baked Fresh Daily in Our Bread Oven", bread I had was good and meat was moist, I will conduct more research.

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            royaljester Jan 26, 2011 11:34 AM

            Champagne on Del Mar Heights. It's one of the better things on their menu. They get the cheese and bread perfect. Au jus is light

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              Beach Chick Jan 26, 2011 12:43 PM

              My DH really likes the French Dip at Bully's East...I see they have a Patty Melt...must try now!
              DD, I'll give you a heads up, when I'm headed out that way!
              : )


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              1. re: Beach Chick
                littlestevie Jan 26, 2011 02:19 PM

                I always felt that French Dips should be on a hard French roll. No Cheese and maybe you spread some horseradish on it. A onion roll would just get to soggy.

                1. re: littlestevie
                  Beach Chick Jan 26, 2011 04:38 PM

                  asked for different roll...no cheese..he says the meat is good with the au jus for dipping..

                2. re: Beach Chick
                  DiningDiva Jan 26, 2011 03:55 PM

                  Let me know. I work just down the street from Bully's East.

                  1. re: DiningDiva
                    Beach Chick Jan 26, 2011 04:39 PM

                    You got it and I'm buying the first round!

                  2. re: Beach Chick
                    pegasus505 Jan 30, 2011 09:23 AM

                    Try the patty melt at Johnny B's in La Mesa and let us know how it compares with Champagne's and Bully's East. I love a good french dip and they are hard to find. Particularly with good jus and thinly sliced meat.

                    Bully's East
                    2401 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

                  3. jmtreg Jan 30, 2011 01:39 PM

                    You could go with an Italian Beef sandwich at lefty's without the giardeneria. Sort of a classic french dip a la Phillipes.

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                      cstr Jan 31, 2011 02:39 PM

                      If it ain't got the 'Giard' on top it ain't Italian beef.

                      1. re: cstr
                        jmtreg Jan 31, 2011 02:51 PM

                        that's what I'm saying. Get the italian beef, no giard, and you got a french dip.

                    2. deckape Jan 31, 2011 02:02 PM

                      Haven't tried one yet, but I bet the French Dip at Red Tracton's would be really good!

                      Red Tracton's
                      550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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                        nosh Feb 1, 2011 07:42 PM

                        Thanks for the recs so far.

                        Not quite a french dip, but Food Network's "best I Ever Ate" recently talked about the Philly Steak sandwiches served FREE at Donovan's during happy hour.

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                          megaeater Feb 2, 2011 06:44 AM

                          Just thought I'd weigh in on the French Dip question. I posted this suggestion on the "best burger" thread.

                          Brett's BBQ makes a tri tip dip sandwhich that's awesome. You get a very generous amount of trip tip stacked on a French roll, au jus, choice of side, pickle and horseradish. Their Encinitas location (near El Camino and Encinitas) isn't that far from Solana Beach. Next time I'm there I'll try and remember to take a picture of one and post it.

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