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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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… + Read More

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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

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  World-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse launched his new TV show, “The Originals with Emeril,” this month with a taste of Los Angeles. It’s only right a show featuring and paying tribute to the nation’s iconic food enterprises spotlights Philippe the Original in its inaugural season. Airing at 7 :30 p.m. (PST), Thursday, May 19 on the Cooking Channel, the show highlights the restaurant renowned for claiming to be the inventor of the French dip sandwich.… + Read More

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Philippe’s has brought the city together for 95 years, serving its famous sandwich with camaraderie on the side. Philippe the Original was making sandwiches in downtown L.A. well before the boys (our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers) ever headed over to Europe for the Great War. Even before a troupe of easterners trudged west to set up the beginnings of the movie industry in sunny Southern California, way back in 1908, Frenchman Philippe Mathieu opened a… + Read More

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Richard Binder, third-generation family owner of Philippe The Original in Los Angeles, says that while having family members involved in the business was important to the restaurant’s long tenure, some oft-cited industry qualities were equally crucial. “We have fair pricing, great service, high quality and good employees,” he says, “and our customers recognize and appreciate that.” With a check average of about $7, Philippe does not actually fall into the full-service, casual-dining category. It’s a… + Read More