Monday, June 4, 2007

Philippe - Home of the French Dip

Legend has it that back in 1918 French immigrant to Los Angeles Philippe Mathieu was preparing a sandwich in his deli that he had opened 10 years prior when he accidentally dropped the bread into a pan of beef drippings. The result was the now ubiquitous "French Dip" sandwich, so called because of Philippe's heritage. Whether the legend is true or not, just as with the hamburger, there are doubtless many competing claims to the creator of the French dip but what is not in dispute is how delicious Philippes sandwich is, almost 90 years since that happy accident.

The lines at Phillipe can get long but the service is quick and worth the wait.


The "Original French Dip" a spongy lightly textured French roll, rich oven roasted beef dipped in beef dripping. A true American classic, lets give thanks that there was no movement to change the name to "Freedom Dip" ala the shameless posturing of the "Freedom Fires" nonsense.

Philippe
1001 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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