Philippe’s the Original was bustling with people, yearning to make their order. People were telling their “Carvers,” or servers, what they desired lunch was. The walls were covered with old photographs and posters about the restaurant, and it had a modest feel for a famous sandwich shop.
Philippe’s, which was founded in 1908 by a French man by the name of Philippe Mathieu, has a rich history for a restaurant. One day, while making his sandwich for a police officer, Philippe accidentally dropped a piece of bread into a pot full of juices from cooking the meat. The officer said that he would take the sandwich anyway, but the next day, his friends came and asked for more dipped sandwiches. Thus, the French Dipped Sandwich was born, and it grew popular. Harry, Dave, and Frank Martin bought the place afterwards, and not much has changed since then.
The menu is abundant with wonderfully crafted foods including breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more.
Their specialty is their sandwich, served with a choice of beef, ham, pork, lamb leg, or turkey, with a crusty French roll, either “single-dip,” “double dip,” or “wet” dipped in “jus” from freshly roasted meats. The meat is thoroughly cooked, and is as thin as a piece of paper, so it is tender and juicy to perfection. Some side dishes that you can order to complement the sandwich are coleslaw, potato salads, and macaroni salad. The crisp, fresh taste of the lettuce in the coleslaw delicately balances the sweetness. The salad side dishes are a delicious mixture of fresh vegetables and mayonnaise. The sandwiches are $6.50, except for the lamb leg sandwich, which is $8.00.
Other items include homemade hot mustard and the daily soup. The cream of broccoli soup has a smooth texture with pieces of broccoli floating around the thick soup.
Next time I roll down to Los Angeles, I have to stop by and enjoy another famous French Dipped Sandwich.