Philippe the Original
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Member Reviews (27)
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Feb 01, 2014
Established in 1908, Philippe's is a Los Angeles landmark. Its founder claimed to have created the French dip sandwich - a claim perpetuated by Philippe's through its use of the words "The Original" in conjunction with its name. There is no table service. Customers stand in long but fast moving lines to place and receive their orders. They then take their food trays to whatever table is vacant (usually there is space on the second floor). The food is good and the prices reasonable. The price of coffee was recently raised from 9 cents to 25 cents.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Dec 26, 2013
OMG my review for this place disappeared somehow. I LOVE THIS JOINT! but hey what do you expect from a Triple D destination!
This is my favorite grub spot within 5 miles of Grand Central Station. Also better known as Downtown LA!
The king of dips IMHO. Its gotten a bit more expensive over the years but the grub here is awesome. I always end up with the roast beef au jus I get extra au jus on the side and a couple of gerkin pickles. I love to drink the mini draft beer or have some of the fresh squeezed lemonade.
They have several meats available here. For example my grandfathers favorite is the lamb dip. I started coming here with my grandfather in the early 80s after USC games that I would go to with him. It was a great experience and even lasted into the 2000s before my grandfather had to stop attending games. Consequently not only is it awesome food, but it holds a super special place in my heart.
Ohhhhh we cant forget the rolls can we. They are beyond awesome as well. So soft and tasty on the inside and so absolutely perfectly crusty outside. After being double dipped or single dipped into the au jus, it softens and makes the rolls so much more tasty!
...now i am pissed at myself since its 10:45 and I am craving this chit... grrrrr... ohhh well sometime soon I will go get some more. Their grub is just soooo tasty that I love it and then some.
Pro Tip: Do not park in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, park across the street in the second lot
Pro Tip #2: share a bench with a few strangers and make a couple of new friends to broaden the experience and enjoy some new company!
Pro Tip #3: There is an ATM on site but it is CASH ONLY!!!
Pro Tip #4: Check all the lines from the stairs to see which is the shortest... Anticipate waiting a bit to order your food while standing in line.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Nov 28, 2013
I love Philippe's! I/we always find a way to squeeze in a Philippe visit when we're in LA. Too bad I didn't know about them when I lived here. I prefer the turkey dip, have tried beef and pork too. Breakfast is excellent, but they strictly enforce the breakfast cut-off. Buy a jar of mustard to bring home. When I run low, that's how I know it's time to make another pilgrimage.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 05, 2012
I unfortunately did not discover Philippe's until I was about 20 years old, but it was life changing! The sandwiches here are DELICIOUS. The original home of the French Dip, they are so simple -- just crusty bread, au jus and delicious meat. They also have a ridiculously spicy mustard (I stay away from this, but people who like spicy love it) to go with the sandwiches if you like.
The ambiance is total dive. First of all, it's basically in a large basement. You walk down the steps, order at the counter, walk through the sawdust-covered floor and find a seat at one of the many long picnic bench-like tables. Then you enjoy your sandwich when it's ready and contemplate a second sandwich because it was so delicious :)
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
Near to Union Station, Philippe serves the best French dip sandwiches the world has ever known. I did not even know I liked French dip sandwiches, prior to visiting Phillippe, but I was hooked from the first bite. The sawdust on the floor and communal tables emphasize the fact that Philippe welcomes diners from all walks of life and the eclectic throng of people one is likely to find here at lunchtime, further testifies to that fact. Philippe is one of the truly great Los Angeles institutions. Not to be missed.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 04, 2012
There's nothing more frustrating than having visitors who want to be 'shown the sites' around town. What sites? This is LA, not Paris. And the most 'LA' restaurants, generally speaking, will put you out in the amount of a mortgage payment in your visitor's hometown.
Ignore their touristy whines of 'but I want to see stars!' and take them to an unassuming LA gem, Philippe the Original. For $5, they can experience an LA landmark - established in 1908 - and the most delicious French dipped sandwich from the dish's actual place of origin. In one fell swoop you'll have provided your out-of-towner with culture, culinary history, and a meal worth five paparazzi-less stars.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 27, 2012
They claim to have invented the French Dip sandwich and they have been in business since 1908. This place still serves a cheap cup of coffee! They have roast beef, roast lamb, and roast pork. They also serve picked pigs feet. But go for the dip sandwiches and reminisce in nostalgia. Fun fact: they also have a scale that was used in one of Norman Rockwell's paintings for the Saturday Evening Post.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Jan 31, 2014
Old school cafe style eatery featuring their signature dipped sandwiches - the sides are excellent as well. Check out the mini train exhibit in one of their dining rooms. Parking is surprisingly easy with their own lot in the back.
- Philippe the OriginalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersJul 07, 2012
I've heard so many good things about this place and their French Dip sandwiches. I've seen them featured in TV a couple of times. I was very excited to finally try it. I got their beef dip sandwich and it was just okay. It tasted like an ordinary beef dip sandwich. I didn't really taste anything special about it. I guess the big deal was just cuz they were the originators of the sandwich. The food was priced very cheaply compared to the rest of LA. I got their potato salad and it was good too. Also their tapioca was tasty. I drank an iced tea.
Make sure to have cash cuz they don't take card! They do have an ATM machine there. I think it charged $2 or $2.50. I didn't realize they didn't take card till I got to the front of the line and I ordered my food, despite the large signs everywhere indicating that. The lady was nice and let me run over to the ATM to take out some cash. Lunch time there is not very good for vegetarians. They do have salads but that's pretty much it. My friend ordered a piece of bread with cheese.
When I first arrived the place wasn't crowded at peak time it got very crowded. The lines do move fast though and there are plenty of lines. The seating is communal. There are lunch tables everywhere and you will sit with a bunch of strangers.
Parking was easy enough. I found parking in 2 minutes but I think it can get hard during peak lunch time. They have 2 lots with free parking. If those are full there is also metered parking.