Phillipe-the-Original is the kind of place I love to go.
Unpretentious and genuine — this is a bona fide Los Angeles institution located just north of downtown (right across the street from Union Station at 1001 N. Alameda St.). It’s the kind of place you’d expect to find in two of America’s most authentic restaurant cities — New Orleans and Memphis. With its unfinished cement floors, memorabilia hanging on the walls, and fresh, delicious, consistently outstanding food — it’s easy to see why this place has been around for more than half a century.
Indeed, one of the early indications that a restaurant has great food is examining its clientele. Fact: When you see people from all walks of life lined up and huddled together at wooden tables — bankers sitting next to construction workers, young hip-hop party goers scarfing down sandwiches along with retirees — you know the food is going to be good.
And it is.
Best known as the origin of the world-famous French Dip sandwich, there’s really only one reason to come here. And that’s for (drum roll please)….the French Dip. Few decisions are to be make. In fact, the menu hangs on the wall. The big dilemma is what kind of meat to order — beef, lamb, ham, or chicken. Less than a half-dozen side options exist (potato salad, coleslaw, etc.), and each is homemade. There’s also plenty of fresh desserts and beer/wine available. But the real stars of this long-running attraction are the sandwiches.
Oh, and they cost $6.50 each. That’s right. Six-fifty.
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