Dodgers' Home Opener at Philippe's

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:30:06 PM America/Los_Angeles

For generations, Philippe the Original has been a traditional pit stop for generations of Dodger fans.  Some fans refer to indulging in the French Dip as a good luck ritual while others simply enjoy the unmistakable taste of a Philippe’s French Dip. Dodgers' Opening Day at Philippe's

This Friday marks the Los Angeles Dodgers’s home opener against the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 pm at Dodgers Stadium, and the hype to grab a French Dip on the way, for the road or after the big game is on the rise.

Dodgers’ fans know one thing, it isn’t always about the hot dogs served at the stadium, nor any other food served at any concession inside, but it’s about dipping into a Philippe’s French Dip before, after or during the game.

The Philippe’s experience is majestic for some, whether it’s the fine sawdust that litters the floors or the nostalgic memories that comes with a restaurant that has been around for generations.

Within the past year, Dodger Stadium began allowing fans to bring outside food into the stadium.  With the introduction of this new policy, fans are expected to be lining up at Philippe’s as early as 9 a.m.

Prior to every Dodgers game, the corner of Ord St. and Alameda have always been flooded with fans wearing their favorite Dodgers gear.

Philippe’s is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Philippe's Hosts 4th Annual Free Chili Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 1:49:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

Philippe the Original will turn up the heat this January with the fourth annual Free Chili Day, sponsored by Dolores Chili. 4th Annual Free Chili Day

Downtown L.A.-based Philippe’s will give the first 500 guests a free cup of Dolores Chili with the purchase of any sandwich on Monday, January 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“It’s a great event and a memorable day for many – some come specifically for Free Chili Day, while others show up and get a nice surprise,” said Philippe’s General Manager, Richard Binder. “Everybody loves the chili.”

Guests wishing to participate in the fourth annual Free Chili Day will receive a voucher at either of Philippe’s two main entrances, which can be redeemed at the counter for a cup of chili with or without beans, cheddar cheese or onions.

For decades, Dolores Chili has been the exclusive chili sold at the Downtown L.A. iconic restaurant. Patrons can purchase the chili by the cup or bowl, and like on chili day, have the choice to add beans, cheese or onions. Other freshly made soups on Philippe’s menu are available only on certain days; however Dolores Chili is sold seven days a week.

The past three Free Chili Day events have been a success. Some patrons were able to try the chili for the first time, others enjoyed a familiar taste.

Free Chili Day was formed to strengthen the partnership between Philippe’s and Dolores Canning Co., the maker of Dolores Chili, and to give back to restaurant patrons. Its popularity soared and this year’s forecast assumes another successful time. 

Philippe’s and Dolores will both hand out freebies to guests in attendance. Free chili and Philippe’s gift cards will also be raffled during the event.

Philippe’s (pronounced fil-LEEPS) opened its doors in 1908 and stands strong as the true inventor of the French Dip Sandwich. In 1918, the owner at the time, Philippe Mathieu dropped a French roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven while making a sandwich. The patron, a policeman, accepted the sandwich anyway and returned the very next day with friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. The French Dip was born. Philippe’s relocated from that location in 1951 during the 101 freeway expansion and has been at its current Alameda St. location since.

Philippe’s is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers the ever-popular Beef Dip as well as the Lamb, Turkey, Pork and Ham Dip. For a full menu and restaurant info visit

Dolores Chili is made at Dolores Canning Co., which operates out of its East Los Angeles plant, and is a Hispanic family-owned business.  

In the 1970s, Dolores began selling the “Chili Brick”, which quickly became known as “L.A.’s Favorite Chili.” The famous chili has expanded outside of Southern California throughout the western United States. Today, the Chili Brick can be found in countless independents and major retailers behind freezer doors or in the fresh meat case.  A larger size is also available in foodservice retailers.

The future is bright for Dolores. The versatility, product quality and great price, make the Chili Brick a food frenzy phenomenon.

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Dip into the "Most Iconic Dish in L.A."

Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:17:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

KCET has set off to find L.A.’s most iconic dish. Philippe's Defeated Cole's in the "Dip" Category

The quest started with 16 epic Los Angeles restaurants, including Philippe the Original located in the heart of Downtown L.A., across from Union Station.

Philippe’s went up against Cole’s in the first-round “Dip” category and quickly took the lead with a final 79 to 21 percent victory in the polls. 

It has been long debated over social media and blog posts, which has the better French dip sandwich. Finally, the contest run by, the nation’s largest public television station, provided an outlet for L.A. and beyond to vote for their favorite dip.

Philippe’s is facing Carnitas Tacos from Taco Zone, who defeated Bulgogi at Soot Bull Jeep in “The Meat” category, in the second round. Currently, Philippe’s leads Taco Zone in the polls 83 to 17 percent.

Voting runs now through Saturday. If Philippe’s clenches a second victory they will face either Pizzeria Mozza or Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in round three.

L.A. foodies can vote online at

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Philippe's Hot Mustard: Life of the Party

Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:43:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Whether you’re cooking for one or throwing a party,you can never go wrong by adding a little bit of Philippe’s into your meal.

Philippe's Hot MustardBy using Philippe’s Hot Mustard you canguarantee people will be raving about your cooking skills. You can purchase the Philippe’s Hot Mustard on Philippe’s web store. Here’s a recipe to help you get started:




  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • ½ cup Philippe’s Spicy Mustard
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablesppons water
  • paprika to taste




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking dish. 

2. Brush the chicken breast halves on all sides with the mustard. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Press the chicken into the bread crumbs to evenly coat. Arrange the chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish. 

3. In a bowl, mix the butter, lemon juice, and water. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the mixture over each chicken breast. Pour the remaining mixture around the breasts in the dish. 

Cover, and bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover, season with paprika, and continue baking 15 minutes.

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"A Sea of Dodgers Blue at Philippe's"

Thursday, April 4, 2013 4:24:08 PM America/Los_Angeles

On Monday, Opening Day for the Dodgers, this pic got the Photo of the Day by Zagat

On Monday, Opening Day for the Dodgers, this pic got the Photo of the Day by Zagat and was titled, "A Sea of Dodgers Blue at Philippe's

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Philippe, Dolores join for 3rd Annual FREE Chili Day

Sunday, January 20, 2013 4:41:05 PM America/Los_Angeles

There’s no such thing as a free lunch but there’s no rule against free chili — and lots of it. Phiippe Free Chili Day

Tuesday, January 29 is FREE Chili Day at Philippe the Original, sponsored by Dolores Chili. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the first 500 visitors to Philippe will receive a free cup of chili with the purchase of any sandwich. The chili can be served with or without beans, and topped with cheese and/or onions, upon request. In addition, the first 200 visitors will receive a special door prize.

The day’s festivities include a raffle of Philippe and Dolores items including Philippe gift cards and a case of Dolores Chili, and giveaways from Dolores. The event is now in its third year.

Philippe the Original is located at 1001 N. Alameda St., one block north of historic Union Station, and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

"Everybody loves the chili," said Philippe manager Elias Barajas.

Philippe, home of the original French Dipped Sandwich, was founded in 1908. It has been at its current location since 1951. Dolores Chili has been served at Philippe for decades, a partnership befitting two veterans of the Los Angeles culinary scene.

Originally founded in 1954, Dolores Chili is famous for its beef and chicken brick-shaped chili. The aptly named Dolores Chili brick has been enjoyed by chili lovers since its introduction in 1973. The chili brick is sold in the fresh meat case at stores such as Vons, Ralphs, Stater Bros, Smart & Final, Superior, Grocery Outlet, Winco and Food4Less.

Dolores Chili is eaten in homes and at public events beyond just a straight cup: As the base for homemade chili, as a condiment for hot dogs and burgers, topped with sour cream, served with chips or crackers, or on top of tamales. For more information on Dolores Chili, log onto

Read about it in the SGV Tribune.

Posted in News By Janette Rhodenbaugh