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Best Prime Rib French Dip in L.A.?

tjoyce41 Feb 16, 2012 09:26 PM

I had THE best sandwich ever at the Cherry Creek Grill in CO. I'm looking for a comparable if not better prime rib french dip in the L.A. proper or surrounding area. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your favorites!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: tjoyce41 Feb 16, 2012 09:30 PM

    Maybe try Lawry's Carvery at LA Live?

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      Peripatetic RE: ipsedixit Feb 17, 2012 12:58 AM

      The French dip at Lawry's Cavery and Houston's are both great, but the best I've had by a comfortable margin was at the Dal Rae in Pico Rivera, and is worth the $20 price tag. In case you haven't seen the warnings elsewhere on this board, don't bother with Phillipe or Cole's if you're looking for the best.

      The Dal Rae
      9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

    2. wienermobile RE: tjoyce41 Feb 16, 2012 11:25 PM

      They have a great one at Houston's. French Dip roasted prime rib, thinly sliced and piled high on a house-made french roll, really good.

      Houston's Restaurant
      202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Houston's Restaurant
      1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        andrew_eats RE: wienermobile Feb 17, 2012 03:53 AM

        I also like Houston's.
        In fact, just get the full on prime ribeye.

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          A5 KOBE RE: andrew_eats Feb 17, 2012 08:10 AM


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            tissue RE: A5 KOBE Feb 17, 2012 09:09 AM

            Fourth... Houston's prime rib sandwich is awesome

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          yogachik RE: wienermobile Feb 17, 2012 08:12 AM

          Bandera has an amazing French Dip. Probably the same as Houston's?

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            JAB RE: yogachik Feb 17, 2012 08:20 AM

            As well as R&D Kitchen.

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              shortyledoux RE: JAB Feb 17, 2012 11:10 AM

              Yes to all four. Cherry Creek, Houston's, Bandera's and R&D are all owned and operated by the Hillstone Restaurant Group.

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                yogachik RE: JAB Feb 17, 2012 12:03 PM

                R+D doesn't have a french dip, only the Rubenesque. At the Santa Monica location, anyway. I WISH they had the French Dip, they did have it on the menu for the first month of business, then removed it.

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                  Servorg RE: yogachik Feb 17, 2012 12:05 PM

                  I also wish R+D had the apple cobbler dessert that Houston's has...(although we were just there last Friday and I did like their chocolate pot de creme)

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                    JAB RE: yogachik Feb 17, 2012 01:50 PM

                    The Fashion Island location now only has the Rubenesque on Mondays & Tuesdays.

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                      Servorg RE: JAB Feb 17, 2012 01:52 PM

                      Santa Monica has "sandwich of the day" (which on the Friday we were there was the Rubenesque) along with a choice of cheeseburger, Ding's Crispy Chicken Sandwich and veggie Burger

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                  Ernie RE: yogachik Feb 17, 2012 02:22 PM

                  Bandera's French Dip is almost the same as the Houston's but a little better. The bread is softer and meat a bit more tender at Bandera

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                  waterisgood RE: wienermobile Feb 21, 2012 02:31 PM

                  I agree! All of the Hillstone Group's french dip sandwiches are SO good.

                4. Baron RE: tjoyce41 Feb 17, 2012 07:05 AM

                  I had a great prime rib French dip at Gelsons in the Marina.

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                    Burger Boy RE: tjoyce41 Feb 17, 2012 01:02 PM

                    I think Taylor's does a lunch special on Thursdays!

                    1. ellaystingray RE: tjoyce41 Feb 18, 2012 04:16 PM

                      I am a huge fan of the HIllstone Groups French Dip's, thankfully I have a Hillstone and Bandera close to me. Calling one the best is hard so here are my favs.

                      The Golden Bull. In Santa Monica Canyon. Though they always have Prime Rib, it always seems to be just a little better on Wednesday's when it is the special. I get mine rare as they've got it.

                      Dear John's in Culver City. Man, it is so much better than it seems like it should be, but it is good. I've never had anything else here so I have no idea about the rest of the food.

                      Cole's. Though I tend to crave their pastrami dip, the beef dip is really good too.

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                        SoozyQ RE: tjoyce41 Feb 20, 2012 06:24 PM

                        My husband always orders the prime rib french dip at Houston's and never wants to try anything else. Valentine's day we had lunch at the Dal Rae and he had the prime rib sandwich there. I asked which he thought was best and tho' he thought both were bood, he said he liked Houston's better. He thought it was slightly more tender and the flavor was also a little better than D.R.

                        1. MonsieurKnowItAll RE: tjoyce41 Feb 21, 2012 03:10 PM

                          Why don't these restaurants make a stronger horseradish dip? I always find it too weak. Other than that, my vote's for Houston's.

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                            OCSteve RE: MonsieurKnowItAll Feb 23, 2012 08:35 AM

                            You can request straight horseradish at Houston's to either have on it's own or add to their preparation to suit your taste.

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                              ns1 RE: OCSteve Feb 23, 2012 09:53 AM

                              protip, thanks

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                            foodiemahoodie RE: tjoyce41 Feb 22, 2012 01:05 AM

                            I've had it at Houston's. A number of times. And I like it a lot. It's very good, but...I think there is room for improvement. If the Lawry's carvery beef is as good, or close to what they serve at the mother ship - it should be pretty great.

                            And The Palm's prime rib might even be better, but I don't think they have a French dip sandwich.

                            I'm hungry.

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                              HastaLaPasta RE: tjoyce41 Feb 25, 2012 08:30 AM

                              The two best I've had in LA are at Houston's and at Paul Martin's American Bistro in Manhattan Beach.

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                                waterisgood RE: HastaLaPasta Feb 29, 2012 05:16 PM

                                I really liked Paul Martin's salmon salad the one time I've been there. I'll try the french dip next time. Thanks!

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