In 1918, in the process of making a policeman a sandwich, Mathieu accidently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan, which was filled with hot juices from the oven. The policeman said he’d still take the sandwich and left. The next day, the same policeman returned with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. The rest they say is history.
Philippe’s is still in the location they were in 1951, at a machine shop with a hotel on the second floor. When walking through the doors, you’ll see their unique set-up. Philippe’s has ten servers that they refer to as “carvers.” The carvers are stationed at a long display counter with 10 lines. Once you reach your carver, everything else is done from there. Your carver has everything needed to take your order, make your order and give it to you right there on the spot.
Whether your choice is one of our famous French dip sandwiches, a bowl of chili or a hot cup of coffee, Philippe’s set-up is part of the tradition that has carried on. With the restaurant being family owned, you’ll find an atmosphere and a menu that can always be counted on to be just like the original.
Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles CA, 90012
We are located 1 block north of Union Station, Olvera St., and the Hollywood 101 Freeway at Alameda and Ord St.
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Phone: (213) 628-3781
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