Best. Meal. Ever. At. Philippe's!
Welcome to FOODIE FRIDAY! Today’s blog is all about a favorite LA institution – PHILIPPE’S!
We recently had a hankering for some French dipped sandwiches at Philippe’s, which is a famous LA eatery located in downtown Los Angeles. I took a photo of our meal and decided it would be the perfect Foodie Friday blog to wax rhapsodic about this yummy, yummy food!
To find out more about Philippe’s, go here: http://www.philippes.com/
Philippe’s started in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu. He accidentally created the “French dip” sandwich in 1918 when he dropped a sliced French roll into a roasting pan filled with juice drippings. His customer, a police officer, said he would eat the sandwich anyway. The dish was so delicious that the policeman returned the next day with some buddies, asking for Philippe to make the sandwich the same way by dipping the bread in the pan drippings!
The Food Network and The Cooking Channel have done specials on Philippe’s where the staff shows how they make the roast beef. It’s this incredibly complicated process that take days to cut up all the vegetables, roast the meat, and create the “jus” for the dip.
Now some folks claim the original French dip was created at another famous LA institution called COLE’S. Their website is here: http://colesfrenchdip.com/ I have not been to Cole’s yet, but I definitely plan to check them out and blog about their French Dip, too. Hmmm…. maybe I’ll do a taste test! Stay tuned!
The photo above features what we always order at Philippe’s. We like to order the roast beef French dip. You have to ask for it “double dipped” if you want both bread slices dipped in the “jus.” OMG. It is so good! I always order mine with blue cheese. We also like the lamb dip too. We also love the cole slaw, the chili, and the pickled eggs. We also pour a ton of their homemade-from-scratch spicy mustard over everything! It’s a lot of food but worth it.
Okay, the down side to writing Foodie Friday blogs is that I am always starving at the end! Hmmm… maybe I should go to Philippe’s now… see ya!
Thanks for checking out my Foodie Friday blog! For those of you who have been to both Philippe’s and Cole’s, what’s your verdict on the sandwiches? For those of you outside of LA, what are your favorite sandwich places in your hometown? I look forward to your comments. Until next week’s blogs… Happy Writing! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!