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Suggestions for great classic French Dip Sandwich in the SFV

rockhead Mar 16, 2011 10:29 PM

Looking for a tasty, traditional French Dip Sandwich with Roast Beef piled high in the San Fernando Valley. I'd like a more casual restaurant/stand than a full service-restaurant. I'm a fan of the French Dip at the Pasadena Sandwich Company, so thinking about something along those lines, but in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks/Encino/Burbank area.


  1. wienermobile Mar 16, 2011 11:35 PM

    Brent's Deli in Northridge has a good classic french dip but their pastrami dip is even better.

    Brent's Deli
    19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

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    1. re: wienermobile
      lindalicious1 Mar 23, 2011 03:10 PM

      i totally agree with you! that hot pastrami dip was ridiculous! i got mine with sliced tomato inside. =) this was our first time at brent's...and it was the real deal. we were seated where they pick up orders...it was like lunch with a fun show!

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      Burger Boy Mar 17, 2011 07:25 PM

      Houston's actual does a good one with either prime rib or rib-eye, had it the other night, the horseradish sauce was kind of week.

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      1. re: Burger Boy
        lindalicious1 Mar 23, 2011 03:11 PM

        you can ask for real grated horseradish instead of the horseradish sauce...and of course, with sliced tomatoes. =)

        1. re: Burger Boy
          Servorg Mar 23, 2011 03:14 PM

          Where is Houston's in the SFV now? I know they used to be in Woodland Hills but that location turned into a Kate Mantilini...

          Kate Mantilini
          5921 Owensmouth, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

          1. re: Servorg
            wienermobile Mar 23, 2011 03:19 PM

            Yep, you are correct, no Houston's in the valley. The closest is Century City and
            Santa Monica (Hillstone).

            1. re: wienermobile
              Burger Boy Mar 23, 2011 10:07 PM

              There is a Houston's on Pasadena.

              1. re: Burger Boy
                Servorg Mar 24, 2011 04:55 AM

                Pasadena is in the Valley of the San Gabriel's. So, no Houston's in the Valley of the San Fernando... ;-D>

        2. mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 12:04 PM

          The Dip in Sherman Oaks

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          1. re: mucho gordo
            Peripatetic Mar 24, 2011 12:41 PM

            I believe this is now the Infield, home of the infamous Twinkie Dog.

            1. re: Peripatetic
              mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 12:56 PM

              Yes, I couldn't think of the new name; thought it was "Ballpark". Close but no cigar.

              1. re: mucho gordo
                Peripatetic Mar 24, 2011 01:08 PM

                And they still have French dip sandwiches?

                1. re: Peripatetic
                  Servorg Mar 24, 2011 01:12 PM

                  Place link (which I think has a menu attached) For some reason their website URL is not working. I'll try to come up with an alternative menu link.

                  The Infield
                  14333 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

                  1. re: Servorg
                    Peripatetic Mar 24, 2011 01:18 PM

                    I tried to get to their website too. Google cache has a copy of the home page but not the menu.

                    1. re: Servorg
                      mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 01:22 PM

                      There is an alternative link to their menu and, to my surprise, it doesn't show french dips; just hot dogs, etc.
                      Last time I went by french dip signs were still painted on the building.

                    2. re: Peripatetic
                      mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 01:12 PM

                      As far as I know they do. Haven't been there in a while. Usually wind up across the street at Fatburger.

                      1. re: mucho gordo
                        cdub Mar 24, 2011 01:24 PM

                        it's still there. they still serve the french dip.

                        1. re: cdub
                          reality check Mar 24, 2011 01:37 PM

                          They only have the pastrami dip. Here is a picture of their menu board.


                          1. re: reality check
                            mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 02:00 PM

                            Strange that they wouldn't keep something that they were noted for.

                            1. re: mucho gordo
                              reality check Mar 24, 2011 02:19 PM

                              Why? They changed to a hot dog place, called Infield Hot Dog. I don't really expect a french dip, no matter what type of meat, at a hot dog place.

                              1. re: reality check
                                mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 02:45 PM

                                Where is it written that they can't do both? New owner or not, they had a built-in customer base. Now, if the dips were not selling as well as in the past, I can understand eliminating them but, other than that, why not keep what worked?

              2. Peripatetic Mar 24, 2011 03:13 PM

                You could do worse than the tri-tip French dip sandwich at Du-Par's in Studio City. I wasn't going to mention it, but better suggestions for that part of the valley don't seem to be forthcoming.

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                1. re: Peripatetic
                  mucho gordo Mar 24, 2011 03:31 PM

                  You could also do better than Du-Par's by going to My Brother's BBQ un Woodland Hills.

                2. Hughlipton Mar 25, 2011 01:22 PM

                  Pineapple Hill makes a pretty good rendition of a French Dip sandwich at a fairly reasonable price with fries or salad ($9.95). When not in the mood for their Kona Burger whic I truly like so much that's my second choice off the menu. Full bar cheap wine. The words cheap wine are not to express thoughts about cost but about quality. But when you think about it what kind of quality do you need for a hamburger?

                  Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill
                  4454 Van Nuys Blvd N, Sherman Oaks, CA

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