L.A. Weekly's Best of L.A. Food & Drink
Not going to post the whole list, but here are some personal agreements:
Best Ice Cream Shop
Sweet Rose Creamery
Best Next-Gen Northern Thai
Night + Market
Best Restaurant Trend
Best Al Pastor Taco
Best Bánh Mì Downtown
Best French Dip
Philippe the Original
Best Street for a Food Crawl
Wouldn't necessarily say it's "Best" but still like/love:
Best Chocolate Twist
I've been waiting for someone to ask this question to, and it looks like you just unwittingly volunteered!
Would you mind trying to explain why Philippe's is considered such a great French Dip? I keep sampling it and I just don't understand. To me it's a dry, sort of tough, bland mess.
I know it's not a requirement that everyone like the same thing but I'd really like to try it with a new perspective.
What do you look for in a French Dip, and how does Philippe meet those criteria?
Maybe I should have listed on my second section. It isn't as good as Houston's/Hillstones/Bandera's prime rib dip, but it's also a third the price.
Yes, history is a big part of it. My kids are 5th generation patrons (my wife's great-grant father used to take his daughter, my wife's grandmother, there, et cetera).
The beef is dry, I agree, but the bread and jus is great, so like JAB, I switched to lamb and pork completely (usually pork). I also like the beet-pickled egg.
Hannahenenbach I'm with you on this one. For a two year stint I worked 5 blocks away from the joint - whenever we had some sort of workplace celebration lunch we'd end up going to Philippe's. Cringe! I think people like it for the history and the fond childhood memories. That's my best guess.