Dodgers Home Opener at Philippe the Original

Need some quality food material for Snapchat? Here are details on two events happening this weekend, plus Thai Restaurant week and a Dodgers Home Opener celebration at Philippe the Original next week.  Dodgers Home Opener at Philippe the Original  The downtown L.A. restaurant known for its French dip sandwiches and hot mustard is hosting some pre-game festivities Tuesday before the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. The Bud Light Girls and Angel … Read More

Philippe's is Home of the Original French Dipped Sandwich

Southern California prides itself on being the originator of a great many things in the food world, from cheeseburgers to the entirety   of America’s fast food culture. In Los Angeles proper, two competing eateries — Philippe’s and Cole’s, respectively — each claim to have invented the iconic French dip, the meaty French roll sandwich that’s been doused in roasting pan juices. So who’s right in the great L.A. sandwich debate? Thrillist believes it has … Read More

Philippe’s was voted Best Downtown Classic in the “27th Annual Best of Downtown” issue by Downtown News. The restaurant was also runner-up in the Best Sandwich/Wrap category.  Both of these were announced July 27. Philippe’s won these for a reason, with their extensive and classic menu selection, from sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Philippe’s has been serving food since 1908.  The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power did not start dispensing electricity until 1917.  … Read More

Philippe the Original -- Best Chili

Simple is better sometimes. The chili can be ordered with or without beans. I ordered mine with beans. Everything about this simple chili is perfect, the beans are tender, spices are the right blend of spicy with heat that doesn’t have you reaching for the water, so that you can taste and enjoy the flavors. The ground beef is present unlike some places that leave you searching for it. Nope, not here. Everything in the … Read More


Walk into Philippe the Original, the French dip institution on the eastern edge of Chinatown, at any time of the day, but especially the morning, and you’ll notice a few things. There’s the crowd, of course, a cross-section of Los Angeles: tourists, cops, kids, parents, lawyers, city workers, the kitchen crew at a nearby Chinatown noodle shop on a break. There are the carvers behind the counter, many of whom have been here for decades, … Read More


Voted Best Cheap Beer on Draft in our 2014 Best of LA issue, Philippe the Original is mainly billed as the birthplace of the French dip sandwich, and there’s no doubt that’s quite an achievement (though if you ask the folks over at Cole’s, they’ll claim the honor for themselves). But what we find so endearing about Philippe’s, so wonderful, so … essential, is the sensation of wandering, through some kind of time warp, into … Read More


1 Philippe the Original Supposedly the place where French dip sandwiches were invented, this bona fide institution is perhaps one of the oldest eating establishments in the city, period. It’s been around since 1908. The bustling lunchtime crowd, coupled with the made-to-order attention to detail make this one of the most classic restaurants in Los Angeles. Order up a beef or lamb dip (the pros order double dip) into the au jus, then carefully squirt … Read More


While most businesses rely on new technologies like chip and pin or iPad card scanners, a few have remained very old school. Take, for example, the restaurant Philippe The Original. It’s been a dining staple, dishing out French Dip sandwiches in downtown Los Angeles for 106 years. For all that time, Philippe’s has been cash only. But starting Thursday, they’ll be accepting plastic. “The main thing that prevented us from switching over to accepting cards was … Read More


A delightfully old-school cheap-eats institution like no other, Philippe The Original is about to enter the modern age and make it easier for you to buy one of its famous $7 French Dip sandwiches. On Friday at 10 a.m., the historical landmark, which dates back to 1908, will remove its weathered cash-only sign. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express all will be welcome forms of payment. The restaurant is often packed, and that was one … Read More


The cluster of high-rises that increasingly cram downtown Los Angeles outlines a ruling corporate aesthetic that makes a sawdust-floored joint like Philippe The Original sandwich shop absolutely necessary. Those breathtakingly tall, sleek edifices are places without memory. Philippe’s is a venerable, down-here-on-the-ground institution built on a sandwich and a vanishing history. Everyone who knows L.A. knows Philippe’s. Mention the name and watch your listener smile, or take on the pensive expression of a remembered pleasure. … Read More