August 28, 2018 Alysia Gray Painter NBC Los Angeles
Step inside the restaurant at 1001 N. Alameda Street, the one with the iconic neon sign on top and the sawdust on the floor, and you immediately sense what is extra-easy to notice: Philippe the Original is awash in history, as awash as a French Dip can be when slathered with that famous, ultra-hot mustard.
It is, in fact, turning 110 in 2018, and the famous French-Dip-porium is ready to celebrate with a fan-fun party on the first day of October from 4 to 8 o’clock. Games and special happenings and French Dips for $1.10, in honor of the 110th anniversary, are all on the delish Oct. 1 docket.
Can’t wait to fête your favorite fill-the-tum go-to, the place you always stop before a Dodgers game and after you disembark from a train at Union Station, a neighbor to Philippe’s for nearly 80 years? Peek back now at a series of pictures showing how much, or how not much, the beloved restaurant has changed over the decades…
French Dip lore grew larger in 1918, when Philippe Mathieu “… inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven.” This would be the place to now type “… and the rest was history.” It definitely was for French Dip fans, who count Philippe’s as a true centerpoint of savory sandwichdom. (And, yes, Philippe’s can actually trace its history back further, to 1908.)