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Good French Dip Sandwich in Vancouver?

pusherman Mar 17, 2013 04:09 PM

Howdy Van City Chow Hounds! I was craving a French Dip sandwich the other day with no idea where to go for it...anyone have a recommendation for a great French Dip? Bonus for centrally located.

  1. LotusRapper Mar 17, 2013 04:16 PM

    American Cheesesteak Co. on Davie, as far as I know, doesn't have French Dip per se, but they might one day in the future.


    Meat & Bread might have it, since their menu changes regularly:


    Another possibility is Big Lou's on Powell:


    1. fmed Mar 18, 2013 11:14 AM

      Haven't had a great one in years. I used to go to the Whitespot near Stanley Park for their beef dip - fresh sliced from a nice Prime Rib. Not sure if they are still doing this. Phatt is Yaletown does a passable one. Your best bet might be at a hotel restaurant that does weekly Prime Rib nights.

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        islandgirl Mar 18, 2013 02:06 PM

        I'm partial to the Wolf and Hound on Broadway (near Alma) for pub style food done well. Their French Dip is delicious, the bun is soft but not too soft and they provide enough "dip" for the whole sandwich (I find I often run out at alot of other places). The onion rings are fabulous here too.

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          ladypea Mar 24, 2013 10:38 AM

          I am a little hesitant about this recommendation because it is not in any way fancy, but just surprisingly solid...I was at Pat's Pub yesterday, and had a french dip. And it was lovely! Not a particularly wonderful jus, but the ratio of meat to bread was perfect, the bread was crispy, the roast beef was piled on and slathered with horseradish. It came with a pile of house cut fries which were perfectly fried, and it was $8.50! Add to that, a great selection of local microbrews, and you have a pretty perfect meal.

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          1. re: ladypea
            LotusRapper Mar 26, 2013 10:48 AM

            Where's Pat's Pub ?

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              LotusRapper Mar 26, 2013 10:52 AM

              Never mind, I found them:


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                Georgia Strait Mar 26, 2013 12:22 PM

                i sometimes work in dtes - now i need to head further east - will have to keep this spot in mind.

                i read somewhere on here about American Cheesesteak - notice it has been on that telly show on foodnetwork.ca - does anyone on here go there?

                1. re: Georgia Strait
                  Scoffier Mar 27, 2013 02:48 AM

                  I eat at American Cheesesteak often. Excellent sandwiches, but they do not offer a beef dip. I suppose you could order the basic Philly sandwich plus a side order of gravy to dip it in. I have tried a White Spot beef dip, substituting gravy for the au jus - it's pretty rich and quite tasty, but not so good for your cholesterol levels!

                2. re: LotusRapper
                  ladypea Mar 26, 2013 01:03 PM

                  I'm partial because it's one of the only places in Vancouver that feels like a bar. No $6 edamame. I imagine it's because of the grandfathered-in liquor laws? And it's a little piece of Vancouver history, as apparently Jellyroll Morton played there in the '20s!

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                    kinnickinnik Mar 26, 2013 01:58 PM

                    And Anvil in more recent history \m/
                    (caution, lots of f-bombs)

                    Never would have had this on my radar as a spot for a meal. Will check it out next time I'm in the 'hood :-)

              2. re: ladypea
                fmed Mar 27, 2013 05:01 AM

                Haven't been in ages. Thanks for the reminder. I recall that they had a good charcoal grilled burger. Do they still have that grill? Never mind. I'll confirm that myself!

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                maxmillan Mar 24, 2013 10:47 PM

                Mahoney and Sons next to the Trade and Convention Centre! I usually order beef dip when I'm at a pub. The dip is the best I've had. Guinness laced with real beef juice, thick, rich and, oh so delicious. The meat was tender and flavourful sandwiched between a wonderfully fresh cornmeal crusted bun. The side salad was so delicious with a tangy vinegar dressing which I think had miso. I did not order fries but tasted my friend's fries and they were perfect. Mmmmm, writing this, I think I'll go again this week. Sure it's a little more pricey but the food everyone else had was thumbs up.

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                  ElizabethS Mar 26, 2013 12:29 PM

                  The Tomahawk in North Vancouver is known for its French Dip (and was featured on an episode of DDD) but I can't attest to it as I only ever have breakfast there.


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                    pusherman Apr 4, 2013 03:45 PM

                    Thanks for the tips, everyone! I'm sad to see that the French Dip is an elusive beast in Vancouver. Tomahawk and Wolf and Hound are a bit out of my usual geographic range, but I'll have to check them out next time I roam. I'll definitely target Mahoney and Sons next time I'm downtown, and Pat's Pub looks intriguing, but seems to suffer from a classic case of Vancouver menu drift.

                    I also thank LotusRapper for the Big Lou's rec, no French Dip but still a solid sandwich.

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                    1. re: pusherman
                      LotusRapper Apr 4, 2013 07:50 PM

                      No problemo :-)

                      There's also a Mahony & Sons at UBC, on Univ. Blvd:


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                        kinnickinnik Apr 4, 2013 08:07 PM

                        At which the food is dreadful. Haven't tried the beef dip but other items are overly salty and overpriced.

                        I haven't ordered beef dip anywhere in years. Too many disappointing ones. Open to trying again - perhaps at Pat's pub.

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                      Gaseous Clay Apr 5, 2013 01:26 PM

                      The correct name is French immersion sandwich.

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                      1. re: Gaseous Clay
                        kinnickinnik Apr 5, 2013 01:44 PM

                        "French dip sandwich" 195,000 google hits
                        "French immersion sandwich" 1 hit (this thread).

                        (I've never heard that expression so I was curious :-) )

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                        pusherman May 29, 2013 05:33 PM

                        Hi All- Just thought I'd add for anyone still interested in this post, I finally tracked down a traditional French Dip at a central location -- one can be had at the Nice Cafe in Mt Pleasant, 8th between Main and Quebec. It's not going to change your life but it's more or less solid. The only drawback is the place is only open during the day on weekdays and Saturday, which means it's hard for me to access.

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                        1. re: pusherman
                          LotusRapper May 29, 2013 07:34 PM

                          Interesting, Nice Cafe has been around a loooong time. But the original owner (Stephen) is no longer there. We used to do brekkie there often when we lived down at False Creek.

                          Ya wanna describe it some more ? :-)

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