1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.059722 -118.237026
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Central LA
Known for its famous french-dipped sandwiches, Philippe's been serving up their renouned piled-high sandwiches for over a century! Order the roast beef & ask for it "double-dipped." It's seriously the BEST!
No visit to LA is complete without a "dip" into the gravy pool of goodness served up at Philippe's. The staff is super friendly too. If they were located closer to my house, I'd be as big as my house!
Single dip if you don't like your bread soggy, but you can get up to double, triple and quadruple dipped. Their mustard is spicy and their coleslaw and potato salad is a must.
Philippe's = Good Grub! – First bite "Amazing." Second bite "Pure Joy." Third bite "Will You Marry me?" To eat Phillippe's is to love Phillippe's. The recipe is simple... Get some amazingly tender roast beef. Check. Slam it down onto a crispy french roll. Check. Dunk that french roll into some "Dip" - the greatest thing known to man. Check Mate.... And let the children sing. Slight exaggeration? Maybe..... but not much. When you've tried it, you'll understand. Come into Philippe's any time of day and you'll always be greeted with the same... 10 lines 10 people deep, rows upon rows of family style tables, saw dust on the floor, and most importantly, sweet old ladies in light brown dresses dipping their hearts away. But equally important, load up your tray with some old fashioned macaroni salad, one giant pickle, a slice of apple pie, and an old school tiny glass of lemonade, and you're on your way. Exploring for a table is almost half the fun, walking through the labyrinth of hallways and rooms, strolling up stairs where you swear the layout must have been from a 1912 elementary school. Wherever you choose to sit, settle down with the worlds greatest french dip and squeeze on just a little of there super-spicy horseradish mustard (you've been warned, don't come after us when your brain wants to exit your body through your nose). It's no wonder the place has been packed for right around a century, put simple, the place has Good Grub. See more at www.thegoodgrub.weebly. com
Amazing French Dips – If you're looking for an amazing, cheap French Dip, Philippe's is the place. The originator of the French Dip (yes, you heard me right), Philippe's is perfect right before a Dodger game! But get there early, as the lines can get REALLY long before Dodger Games!
For dessert, get the Banana Cream Pie. It's AWESOME!
Good place for French-Dip Sandwiches – I believe this is the only place that serves french-dip sandwiches. Good lamb sandwich but it does not taste lamby. Cole slaw is good, too.
The cons: the service is inconsistent--sometimes good and sometimes bad. And the brownies--yech! Totally skip it!
Triple Dip it and add a slice of Pie – Breakfast is good. Lunch is good. so is dinner.
Gets a bit crowded and the prices are immune to the economy but all in all, its a great place to get a good french dip that won't break the bank, and to get a good slice of chocolate cream pie.
Don't smell the mustard, just dab a bit on and take a bite. If you inhale it, you'll not only clear out your sinuses but you might end up clearing out your tear ducts too.
I always get the same thing, double dip beef sandwich, with a side of mac salad. (with a lemonade)
for breakfast its two eggs any style with corn beef. (with a cup o joe)
if i need something to take the edge off my sweet tooth, it'll be the chocolate cream pie.
go here for breakfast, walk around olvera street, stop by the walt disney music hall, and union station, mosey over to chinatown for lunch, or reverse the order and you've got a great day in downtown la.
good stuff – plenty of parking- the Roast Beef dip with cheese is a real treat!!! the only problem I have with the place is most of the time you get a rude or snotty sandwich clerk. I keep getting the tall blonde that has an attitude- I gotta stop standing in her line!! LOL other than that!!! THE DIPS ROCK!!!!
Why hate? – I went for the first time yesterday, and it was really, really good. Just yum. Everyone hates on the beef dip, but I had that-- I think asking for "double dip" is a must-- and it was really good. The lamb was also good, but it was a little salty for my taste. Of all the sides, I found the cole slaw to be good, but the potato salad to be better. I say go. You'll like it.
Where is the beef? – not traditional as it was back in the day, small two slices roast beef with bread, did they pay food network off to show a large back in the day sandswich? big joke, go to chinatown right behind restaurant
I'd go again... – Their sandwiches aren't that filling by themselves, but they are fairly good. Maybe a little too expensive (OK, 9 cent coffee is nice). Tasty hot mustard on the tables. Worth it once in a great while to eventually make your way to the counter when it's busy to order.
Nice Place, Nostalgic, Good Environment Only – The atmosphere is beautiful and reminiscent of times gone by, and I love eating upstairs where it is nice and quiet, or if I want to turn up the volume a notch downstairs is also cool, and they have this cute little museum place. Phillipe's offers free parking which is good.
I ordered a ham sandwich which was $6. I got 2 pickles for a $1, and a brownie for $2.10. I'm not sure what all the raving about a gravy dipped sandwich is all about. The prices are way extreme for a sandwich and a very small brownie.
Now, if I want to Jon's market I would get a 25 cent roll, and 3 slices of ham for a $1 make it $1.25 for a whole sandwich! And I could make my own gravy at home for pennies. PLUS, the fact that you have to give a tip--just doesn't make sense, because it's like a fast food joint with the stuff allready prepared, and the waitress just puts the stuff on your plate like Mc Donalds. Thanks, but will not visit again.
Great food but a little bit bad service!! – I've been there many times in the last 5 years and this place's food is so great comparing to the price I've spent. The sandwiches always come with big sizes and the dessert is super generous. The only cons is the service but I don't make it bother me because all I need is good food and good dessert!!.
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