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Best Prime Rib French Dip in L.A.?

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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. Maybe try Lawry's Carvery at LA Live?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      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
      562-949-2444
      http://www.dalrae.com/

    2. 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.

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      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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      1. re: wienermobile

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

        1. re: andrew_eats

          Third.

          1. re: A5 KOBE

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

        2. re: wienermobile

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

          1. re: yogachik

            As well as R&D Kitchen.

            1. re: JAB

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

              1. re: JAB

                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.

                1. re: yogachik

                  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)

                  1. re: yogachik

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

                    1. re: JAB

                      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

                2. re: yogachik

                  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

                3. re: wienermobile

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

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

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

                    1. 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.

                      1. 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. 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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                          1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll

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

                            1. re: OCSteve

                              protip, thanks

                          2. 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.

                            1. 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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                              1. re: HastaLaPasta

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