KCET has set off to find L.A.’s most iconic dish.
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 KCET.org, 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 http://www.kcet.org/living/food/las-iconic-dish/las-iconic-dish-taco-zone-carnitas-vs-philippes-french-dip.html.