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Mar 16, 2011 10:29 PM

Suggestions for great classic French Dip Sandwich in the SFV

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.


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  1. 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

      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!

    2. 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

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

        1. re: Burger Boy

          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

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

              1. re: Burger Boy

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

          1. re: mucho gordo

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

            1. re: Peripatetic

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

              1. re: mucho gordo

                And they still have French dip sandwiches?

                1. re: Peripatetic

                  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

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

                    1. re: Servorg

                      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

                      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

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

                        1. re: cdub

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


                          1. re: reality check

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

                            1. re: mucho gordo

                              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

                                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. 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

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

                2. 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