The Original Philippe

★★★★☆
  • 1001 N Alameda St

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

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I just went back today after reviewing all the complaints on here about the size of the sandwich. Trouble is, everyone's used to "SUPERSIZE ME" meals and the huge portions that restaurants serve nowadays. These sandwiches are normal sized with normal amounts of meat. I had a sandwich, potato salad, shared a piece of pie and was FULL! The food is awesome and the service is excellent. I request that everyone take an objective look at what a normal sandwich size is and the recommended dietary guidelines and find that Philippe's is right in line especially for the cheap price! Go to Jerry's or Canter's if you want to choke on 2 inches of meat and an $11 sandwich! Then check in for triple-bypass surgery.

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★★★★★

I just went back today after reviewing all the complaints on here about the size of the sandwich. Trouble is, everyone's used to "SUPERSIZE ME" meals and the huge portions that restaurants serve nowadays. These sandwiches are normal sized with normal amounts of meat. I had a sandwich, potato salad, shared a piece of pie and was FULL! The food is awesome and the service is excellent. I request that everyone take an objective look at what a normal sandwich size is and the recommended dietary guidelines and find that Philippe's is right in line especially for the cheap price! Go to Jerry's or Canter's if you want to choke on 2 inches of meat and an $11 sandwich! Then check in for triple-bypass surgery.

Pros: Normal size portions, old-school atmosphere

Cons: parking, crowded at peak hours

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I can't believe how grossly overrated this place is.

I've been a Los Angeleno since birth and I, for one, have not bought the hype of this place.

Save your money and head over to Pink's, Cronie's or The Hat.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe how grossly overrated this place is.

I've been a Los Angeleno since birth and I, for one, have not bought the hype of this place.

Save your money and head over to Pink's, Cronie's or The Hat.

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After reading all the reviews about this place and hearing how it's the home of the French Dip...I felt obligated to check this place out. And that was pretty well much all it was worth. Sure there is a ton of nostalgia with the place given its location and rustic look. However, that charm can only last so long. The food is decent and the prices aren't anything to complain about. $5.75 got me a sandwich and a lemonade ( 60 cents for the drink seemed like a bargin but the glass is kiddie sized). The service from the counter lady seemed cold and uninterested to serve me. When I got my sandwich...I was dumbfounded to see (or not see) how little meat there was. So I guess I can say I've been there but probably won't come back.

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★★★☆☆

After reading all the reviews about this place and hearing how it's the home of the French Dip...I felt obligated to check this place out. And that was pretty well much all it was worth. Sure there is a ton of nostalgia with the place given its location and rustic look. However, that charm can only last so long. The food is decent and the prices aren't anything to complain about. $5.75 got me a sandwich and a lemonade ( 60 cents for the drink seemed like a bargin but the glass is kiddie sized). The service from the counter lady seemed cold and uninterested to serve me. When I got my sandwich...I was dumbfounded to see (or not see) how little meat there was. So I guess I can say I've been there but probably won't come back.

Pros: ambiance, ample free parking

Cons: frugal servings, uninterested staff

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Rub elbows with everyone from local celebrities, office workers, court jurors, and students. Everyone loves Philippe's. You too can stand in a long lunch line, have counter servers glare at you and snarl when you order incorrectly. It's a couple of levels down from the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, but they still can intimidate the average human. The food is cheap, the sandwiches filling, and you can buy a decent cup of coffee for a reasonable price. Go at least once to say you did.

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★★★★☆

Rub elbows with everyone from local celebrities, office workers, court jurors, and students. Everyone loves Philippe's. You too can stand in a long lunch line, have counter servers glare at you and snarl when you order incorrectly. It's a couple of levels down from the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, but they still can intimidate the average human. The food is cheap, the sandwiches filling, and you can buy a decent cup of coffee for a reasonable price. Go at least once to say you did.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Lots of choices

Cons: Limited parking

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I used to live in Los Angeles and for years I came here to eat lunch or grab a snack. This place has some really tasty french dip sandwiches. The meal is kind of greasy but mostly drippy and juicy. The place is always crowded and the line is long but it goes by fast. Make sure to look for a table before ordering because then you'll be carrying your food tray up and down the stairs. If you're in the area you must stop here.

4
★★★★☆

I used to live in Los Angeles and for years I came here to eat lunch or grab a snack. This place has some really tasty french dip sandwiches. The meal is kind of greasy but mostly drippy and juicy. The place is always crowded and the line is long but it goes by fast. Make sure to look for a table before ordering because then you'll be carrying your food tray up and down the stairs. If you're in the area you must stop here.

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I so love this place. There's nothing like a double dipped lamb. Lamb is the only one they hand cut, which makes all the difference. And double dipping doesn't make it soggy, it makes it delightful. Unlike a lot of French dip spots, they don't give you a tub of juice to dip the sandwich into. They do it themselves, either once or twice on the bread. Go for twice. The pickled eggs are yummy and the coleslaw is good too. Order it dry if you aren't crazy about mayo. Love the atmosphere: sawdust on the floor, train museum on the premises, everyone from cops to jurors to lawyers to random tourists as customers. Get there before noon or after 130pm on weekdays to avoid lunch rush.

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★★★★★

I so love this place. There's nothing like a double dipped lamb. Lamb is the only one they hand cut, which makes all the difference. And double dipping doesn't make it soggy, it makes it delightful. Unlike a lot of French dip spots, they don't give you a tub of juice to dip the sandwich into. They do it themselves, either once or twice on the bread. Go for twice. The pickled eggs are yummy and the coleslaw is good too. Order it dry if you aren't crazy about mayo. Love the atmosphere: sawdust on the floor, train museum on the premises, everyone from cops to jurors to lawyers to random tourists as customers. Get there before noon or after 130pm on weekdays to avoid lunch rush.

Pros: great food, historic place, good deal

Cons: parking tough, long lunch wait, crowded

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This place has been here for as long as I can remember. I enjoy coming here when I make a rare trip into downtown Los Angeles for an errand. It usually makes the stress of traffic much more bareable and I tend to look forward to the homemade apple pie. Aside from the juicy sandwiches and cheap coffee (tastes cheap too) I love hunting for a "picnic style" table to dine at. Fun and enjoyable.

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★★★★☆

This place has been here for as long as I can remember. I enjoy coming here when I make a rare trip into downtown Los Angeles for an errand. It usually makes the stress of traffic much more bareable and I tend to look forward to the homemade apple pie. Aside from the juicy sandwiches and cheap coffee (tastes cheap too) I love hunting for a "picnic style" table to dine at. Fun and enjoyable.

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From the sawdust on the floor to the old-timey uniforms of the waitresses, this place screams nostaligia and comfort. The french dip sandwiches are the best, though I prefer lamb over the beef. The cole slaw id delish, as is the pea soup. Follow it up with a slice of custard pie and you're in heaven. The candy/cigar concession will take you back to another time. The private booths lend a bit of private for those who wish to keep to themselves. I prefer the hussle and bussle of the elongated tables, where patrons sit alongside each other as they munch and break into conversation. The prices are affordable. Coffee is still a dime. Here's where you want to go for a solid meal with some history and without the pretension.

PROS: great cheap french dip sandwiches (to eat in or to go); good deli; great nostalgic feel
CONS: lines can get long, but they do move fast

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★★★★★

From the sawdust on the floor to the old-timey uniforms of the waitresses, this place screams nostaligia and comfort. The french dip sandwiches are the best, though I prefer lamb over the beef. The cole slaw id delish, as is the pea soup. Follow it up with a slice of custard pie and you're in heaven. The candy/cigar concession will take you back to another time. The private booths lend a bit of private for those who wish to keep to themselves. I prefer the hussle and bussle of the elongated tables, where patrons sit alongside each other as they munch and break into conversation. The prices are affordable. Coffee is still a dime. Here's where you want to go for a solid meal with some history and without the pretension.

PROS: great cheap french dip sandwiches (to eat in or to go); good deli; great nostalgic feel
CONS: lines can get long, but they do move fast

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We decided to try Philippe because it's so well-known. Arriving at a busy time, we waited in line (rather, in the crowd - lines were not well defined) for about forty minutes, all the while looking forward to the food, since so many people in line were raving about it. A lot of them were out-of-towners who claimed to stop at Philippe every time in town.

Food-wise, the sandwiches are rather bland. The pies are pretty decent, as is the coleslaw. It's just another sandwich joint. Eat upstairs to avoid the crowd. Price-wise, it's mediocre. If you can go when there's no or little wait, and you only need a sandwich, then it's good for that.

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★★★☆☆

We decided to try Philippe because it's so well-known. Arriving at a busy time, we waited in line (rather, in the crowd - lines were not well defined) for about forty minutes, all the while looking forward to the food, since so many people in line were raving about it. A lot of them were out-of-towners who claimed to stop at Philippe every time in town.

Food-wise, the sandwiches are rather bland. The pies are pretty decent, as is the coleslaw. It's just another sandwich joint. Eat upstairs to avoid the crowd. Price-wise, it's mediocre. If you can go when there's no or little wait, and you only need a sandwich, then it's good for that.

Pros: laid-back

Cons: parking, wait, service

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I would give this place an A+ for originality and style. The food is just not my style. If you enjoy roast beef and super soggy sandwich bread then this is the place for you. If you prefer good quality bread with lots of fresh vegetables inside than this isn't your fit. I think the coffee is super cheap and they've got beautiful slices of pie. Beware of the long lines and limited seating. Best to come off hours and try it out for kicks. A nice treat.

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★★★☆☆

I would give this place an A+ for originality and style. The food is just not my style. If you enjoy roast beef and super soggy sandwich bread then this is the place for you. If you prefer good quality bread with lots of fresh vegetables inside than this isn't your fit. I think the coffee is super cheap and they've got beautiful slices of pie. Beware of the long lines and limited seating. Best to come off hours and try it out for kicks. A nice treat.

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One of the last historic one of the kind Los Angeles resturants. My great grandfather use to bring me here as a boy. Now I bring my son. Same Great prices. Same sawdust on the floors, paper plates and old style location.

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★★★★★

One of the last historic one of the kind Los Angeles resturants. My great grandfather use to bring me here as a boy. Now I bring my son. Same Great prices. Same sawdust on the floors, paper plates and old style location.

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You cant visit downtown WITHOUT going here! Its a classic! Frech dip subs, purple eggs and 9 cent cups of coffee! The owners make you feel like friends not customers and the resturant is old, warm and cozy! Take a metro ride into grand central station and there you are!

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★★★★★

You cant visit downtown WITHOUT going here! Its a classic! Frech dip subs, purple eggs and 9 cent cups of coffee! The owners make you feel like friends not customers and the resturant is old, warm and cozy! Take a metro ride into grand central station and there you are!

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I went here only twice, but I loved it both times. The sawdust floors and open cafe-style seating really give the place character. The French dip sandwiches are of course the best in town.

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★★★★★

I went here only twice, but I loved it both times. The sawdust floors and open cafe-style seating really give the place character. The French dip sandwiches are of course the best in town.

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I love this place and like to take out of towners and friends there for a more unusual dining experience. A few years ago, I took the jury that I served with there when I was on jury duty at the Criminal Courts Building down the street. It was a unanimous verdict that they loved it. There is sawdust on the floor and bench-style seating. The food is inexpensive, but delicious. They serve dip sandwiches, variety of salads, pie, coffee & lemonade. My favorite meal there is the lamb dip (double dip), macaroni salad, lemonade and a pickle. Even better, the Gold Line has a stop near there so you don't even have to drive and look for parking. I highly recommend Philippe's.

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★★★★★

I love this place and like to take out of towners and friends there for a more unusual dining experience. A few years ago, I took the jury that I served with there when I was on jury duty at the Criminal Courts Building down the street. It was a unanimous verdict that they loved it. There is sawdust on the floor and bench-style seating. The food is inexpensive, but delicious. They serve dip sandwiches, variety of salads, pie, coffee & lemonade. My favorite meal there is the lamb dip (double dip), macaroni salad, lemonade and a pickle. Even better, the Gold Line has a stop near there so you don't even have to drive and look for parking. I highly recommend Philippe's.

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The Original Since 1908 (veritably prehistoric by Los Angeles terms) Philippe's has been all about sawdust on the floor, ceiling fans above, paper plates on your tray and history in the air. Old school all the way. Sit down and wait for a waitress? Getcomfy 'cause it'll be a long wait or get your ass up in line with the rest of us. When you're finally up in front of the server, get yourself one of their famed French Dip sammiches. What the hell's a "French Dip?" Legend has it that back in 1918 while Philippe was preparing a sammich for a cop who was a regular customer, he dropped the sliced french roll into the drippings of a roasting pan. The beat cop liked the results so much he came back the next day with some friends and ordered theirs "dipped" in the meat pan.

Me, I'm partial to a double-dipped lamb sammy ($4.90) with bleu cheese (30 cents - not dressing, the real deal), side of coleslaw (85 cents), kosher dill pickle (75 cents), and a couple lemonades (60 cents each). The other sammic

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★★★★★

The Original Since 1908 (veritably prehistoric by Los Angeles terms) Philippe's has been all about sawdust on the floor, ceiling fans above, paper plates on your tray and history in the air. Old school all the way. Sit down and wait for a waitress? Getcomfy 'cause it'll be a long wait or get your ass up in line with the rest of us. When you're finally up in front of the server, get yourself one of their famed French Dip sammiches. What the hell's a "French Dip?" Legend has it that back in 1918 while Philippe was preparing a sammich for a cop who was a regular customer, he dropped the sliced french roll into the drippings of a roasting pan. The beat cop liked the results so much he came back the next day with some friends and ordered theirs "dipped" in the meat pan.

Me, I'm partial to a double-dipped lamb sammy ($4.90) with bleu cheese (30 cents - not dressing, the real deal), side of coleslaw (85 cents), kosher dill pickle (75 cents), and a couple lemonades (60 cents each). The other sammic

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This place is classic. I think they still serve $0.09 cups of coffee!

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★★★★★

This place is classic. I think they still serve $0.09 cups of coffee!

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This is old LA... an institution near the LA Union Station. You order your sandwich at the counter (roast beef, lamb) and sit at community tables. The food is awesome if you are ready for that french dip type of cuisine.

Go for lunch. Its a dicey neighborhood after dark.

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★★★★★

This is old LA... an institution near the LA Union Station. You order your sandwich at the counter (roast beef, lamb) and sit at community tables. The food is awesome if you are ready for that french dip type of cuisine.

Go for lunch. Its a dicey neighborhood after dark.

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I'm not sure if they really "invented" the French dip sandwich but who really cares? They just don't make places like this anymore. $4.60 for the standard beef, pork, ham or turkey dip. Pennies more for lamb. 10 cents for a cop of coffee.

Make sure you get your sandwich double dipped. A bowl of stew or chili is mandatory. Great slaw, pickles and macaroni/potato salad.

And don't forget to tip your counter person. Trust me, they will remember.

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★★★★★

I'm not sure if they really "invented" the French dip sandwich but who really cares? They just don't make places like this anymore. $4.60 for the standard beef, pork, ham or turkey dip. Pennies more for lamb. 10 cents for a cop of coffee.

Make sure you get your sandwich double dipped. A bowl of stew or chili is mandatory. Great slaw, pickles and macaroni/potato salad.

And don't forget to tip your counter person. Trust me, they will remember.

Pros: Dips!, Beef Stew, Chili

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The place with the sawdust on the floor! They've got expertly mass-produced french dip sandwiches with the barest minimum of decor.

PROS: Way casual
CONS: Way crowded

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★★★★★

The place with the sawdust on the floor! They've got expertly mass-produced french dip sandwiches with the barest minimum of decor.

PROS: Way casual
CONS: Way crowded

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We have eaten at Philippe's numerous times over the past few years, and have never really been disappointed. The french dip sandwiches are really good, provided you eat them before the rolls get too soggy, and the amount of meat per sandwich seems reasonable to us. Rich really loves their mustard and pickles, although Chris thinks the coleslaw is too sweet. We also always enjoy the extremely retro decor. All in all, a very fun place.

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★★★★☆

We have eaten at Philippe's numerous times over the past few years, and have never really been disappointed. The french dip sandwiches are really good, provided you eat them before the rolls get too soggy, and the amount of meat per sandwich seems reasonable to us. Rich really loves their mustard and pickles, although Chris thinks the coleslaw is too sweet. We also always enjoy the extremely retro decor. All in all, a very fun place.

Pros: food, ambiance

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THIS RESTAURANT HAS RECEIVED ALOT OF HYPE. I WAS VERY DISSPPOINTED WITH THE AMOUNT OF MEAT OF THEIR "WORLD FAMOUS BEEF DIP"LONG LINES..I ASKED FOR EXTRA BEEF..$3.50, THAT ALMOST ANOTHER SANDWHICH.NOT ALOT OF FLAVOR. WON'T GO BACK

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★★★☆☆

THIS RESTAURANT HAS RECEIVED ALOT OF HYPE. I WAS VERY DISSPPOINTED WITH THE AMOUNT OF MEAT OF THEIR "WORLD FAMOUS BEEF DIP"LONG LINES..I ASKED FOR EXTRA BEEF..$3.50, THAT ALMOST ANOTHER SANDWHICH.NOT ALOT OF FLAVOR. WON'T GO BACK

Pros: CUSTOMER SERVICE

Cons: , MORE GENEROUS PORTION, PORTIONS

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I live right down the street from this place and I feel so blessed. It's got the best sandwich around.
You can get a sandwich, chili, lemonade and a slice of pie for around $10.00!!! How can you beat it and it all tastes fabulous!

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★★★★★

I live right down the street from this place and I feel so blessed. It's got the best sandwich around.
You can get a sandwich, chili, lemonade and a slice of pie for around $10.00!!! How can you beat it and it all tastes fabulous!

Pros: Great Parking, Close, Inexpensive

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You haven't lived in L.A. if you haven't gone to Philippe's! I'm the fifth generation of my family to eat there, and I can't wait to introduce it to the sixth! The french-dip sandwiches are fantastic-- try pork or roast beef. Everything is reasonably priced, and the pies are delicious! This is the cheapest coffee on the planet. The seating and service are egalitarian, but in a way, that's also appealing. It's right by Chinatown and just north of Olvera Street, and across from Union Station. A good place to eat before or after sightseeing, train trip, or just because! The mustard is quite spicy though, so if spicy isn't your thing, enjoy but use sparingly.

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★★★★☆

You haven't lived in L.A. if you haven't gone to Philippe's! I'm the fifth generation of my family to eat there, and I can't wait to introduce it to the sixth! The french-dip sandwiches are fantastic-- try pork or roast beef. Everything is reasonably priced, and the pies are delicious! This is the cheapest coffee on the planet. The seating and service are egalitarian, but in a way, that's also appealing. It's right by Chinatown and just north of Olvera Street, and across from Union Station. A good place to eat before or after sightseeing, train trip, or just because! The mustard is quite spicy though, so if spicy isn't your thing, enjoy but use sparingly.

Pros: delicious, inexpensive

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The best french dip sandwiches. Huge crowds during lunch hour. Check out their menu at www.philippes.com

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★★★★☆

The best french dip sandwiches. Huge crowds during lunch hour. Check out their menu at www.philippes.com

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Maybe the past reviewers don't get it, maybe the people who like Philippe's are nostalgic , but whatever this place has i LOVE it. I highly recommend the following meal: double dipped lamb sandwich( perfectly gamey, paired with the hot mustard at the table? DIVINE.) Next of course is the coleslaw, which is a must have. if it's cold outside get a cup of the stew, lovely and tender chunks of beef, carrots,and potatoes that fall apart on your spoon. Get the ladies to pull you a pickled egg and grab a bottle of bud and your set! How is this a dinky meal? There is nothing better then this before heading over to Staples for a Laker game.
I heart Philippes!

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★★★★☆

Maybe the past reviewers don't get it, maybe the people who like Philippe's are nostalgic , but whatever this place has i LOVE it. I highly recommend the following meal: double dipped lamb sandwich( perfectly gamey, paired with the hot mustard at the table? DIVINE.) Next of course is the coleslaw, which is a must have. if it's cold outside get a cup of the stew, lovely and tender chunks of beef, carrots,and potatoes that fall apart on your spoon. Get the ladies to pull you a pickled egg and grab a bottle of bud and your set! How is this a dinky meal? There is nothing better then this before heading over to Staples for a Laker game.
I heart Philippes!

Pros: lamb sandwiches, cold beer, great mustard!

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French dip sandwiches.

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French dip sandwiches.

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I have been going here since the 60's when I was a child and it's always been awesome!

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★★★★★

I have been going here since the 60's when I was a child and it's always been awesome!

Pros: inexpensive, great food, hot mustard!

Cons: crowded, not enough parking

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Although the lines are long at lunch, the wait is worth it. The sandwiches are great and the sides are excellent.

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★★★★★

Although the lines are long at lunch, the wait is worth it. The sandwiches are great and the sides are excellent.

Pros: good food, friendly staff

Cons: long lines at lunch

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Along with Pink's and any other LA landmark... Phillipe's is terrible. Sure they've served the same food for decades, maybe it's time to revamp... say INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE SANDWICH. So i'm waiting in line behind grandma and grandpa (mind you, the average age of the regular is 67), and the service could not be any slower. i finally get to the cashier after about 15 minutes and order. i'll take the Beef Dip. she dips the bread into the vat of au jus and lays down a far-from-generous portion of beef. Bam, $5. Don't even bother asking for a side of Au Jus because they won't give it to you. Although the atmosphere is kind of cool, just try it so that you can say you've been there. I'm a value eater... and i actually think that The Hat serves up a better beef dip than here.

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★★☆☆☆

Along with Pink's and any other LA landmark... Phillipe's is terrible. Sure they've served the same food for decades, maybe it's time to revamp... say INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE SANDWICH. So i'm waiting in line behind grandma and grandpa (mind you, the average age of the regular is 67), and the service could not be any slower. i finally get to the cashier after about 15 minutes and order. i'll take the Beef Dip. she dips the bread into the vat of au jus and lays down a far-from-generous portion of beef. Bam, $5. Don't even bother asking for a side of Au Jus because they won't give it to you. Although the atmosphere is kind of cool, just try it so that you can say you've been there. I'm a value eater... and i actually think that The Hat serves up a better beef dip than here.

Pros: LA Landmark

Cons: Ripoff, Long lines

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The best part of Philippe's is the atmosphere. The sandwiches are small, the quantity of meat pales in comparison to other places, nothing like the plate shown in the photograph. Half the experience is watching the regulars. Still, it's good for an occasional visit.

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★★★★☆

The best part of Philippe's is the atmosphere. The sandwiches are small, the quantity of meat pales in comparison to other places, nothing like the plate shown in the photograph. Half the experience is watching the regulars. Still, it's good for an occasional visit.

Pros: ambience

Cons: parking, portions

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Even at a "cheap eats" place, nostalgia and low prices are not enough to earn my favor. For me, watered down Tang would conjure up a lots of lovely memories about breakfasts at my thrifty grandma's house. However, as an adult, I don't drink Tang because it doesn't taste good. I won't be eating at Phillipe's again for the same reason. The sandwiches are *BLAND*. The good homemade hot mustard helps, but even that will not save the sandwich because it's lacking intense meat flavor. The side dishes are decent at best, certainly not special. The blueberry pie was also decent, but nothing special. I had high hopes for this place, and I was prepared to embrace the atmosphere and protocol of this quirky establishment, but I was sorely disappointed because the food lacked FLAVOR, and that's the bottom line for me.

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★★☆☆☆

Even at a "cheap eats" place, nostalgia and low prices are not enough to earn my favor. For me, watered down Tang would conjure up a lots of lovely memories about breakfasts at my thrifty grandma's house. However, as an adult, I don't drink Tang because it doesn't taste good. I won't be eating at Phillipe's again for the same reason. The sandwiches are *BLAND*. The good homemade hot mustard helps, but even that will not save the sandwich because it's lacking intense meat flavor. The side dishes are decent at best, certainly not special. The blueberry pie was also decent, but nothing special. I had high hopes for this place, and I was prepared to embrace the atmosphere and protocol of this quirky establishment, but I was sorely disappointed because the food lacked FLAVOR, and that's the bottom line for me.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Mustard, Old-School Atmosphere

Cons: Huge Lines, Bland Food, No Air-Conditioning

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Anybody over the age of 50 will love this old style establishment.

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★★★★☆

Anybody over the age of 50 will love this old style establishment.

Pros: cheap food, quick service, homestyle

Cons: location

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This place offered 35 cent lemonades and wonderful lamb sandwiches for a reasonable price. If you want a quick meal, try to stay away from this place during lunch hr when the place is crowded with city professionals and tourists.

If you're expecting to have a nice sit down lunch with linen napkins, stay away from here. This is a great place for ultra casual, ultra cheap meals.

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★★★★☆

This place offered 35 cent lemonades and wonderful lamb sandwiches for a reasonable price. If you want a quick meal, try to stay away from this place during lunch hr when the place is crowded with city professionals and tourists.

If you're expecting to have a nice sit down lunch with linen napkins, stay away from here. This is a great place for ultra casual, ultra cheap meals.

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I've heard the hype, I've eaten at the place twice, the second time was only because A friend Wanted to go, The Food Sucks, The Atmosphere (what Atmoshphere? crappy building, and I Cant Say Again How Much the food sucked, Cant remember the exact prices but I remember them being Way high for such little portions...
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I've heard the hype, I've eaten at the place twice, the second time was only because A friend Wanted to go, The Food Sucks, The Atmosphere (what Atmoshphere? crappy building, and I Cant Say Again How Much the food sucked, Cant remember the exact prices but I remember them being Way high for such little portions...
steve

Cons: expensive, terrible food, Ugly Building

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As a child, my grandfather would bring me to Philippe's for a Lamb Sandwich. He would always bring home a jar of their Hot Mustard. Recently, I took my children to Philippe's and was able to introduce them to my grandfather's favorite Lamb Sandwich. Philippe's is just as great if not better today than my first Lamb Sandwich.

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As a child, my grandfather would bring me to Philippe's for a Lamb Sandwich. He would always bring home a jar of their Hot Mustard. Recently, I took my children to Philippe's and was able to introduce them to my grandfather's favorite Lamb Sandwich. Philippe's is just as great if not better today than my first Lamb Sandwich.

Pros: fast service, great prices, try the lamb

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I've only been to Philippe's once, and it was around closing time so I did not get to sit with any fellow Angelenos. Still, the surroundings gives you this feeling of nostalgia. The details from the sawdust to its train station friendly location gives off this vibe. Although it was delicious, the sandwich is not fulfilling. Order two if really hungry. It's a bit pricey for its size, but the 30 cent tea makes up for it!

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I've only been to Philippe's once, and it was around closing time so I did not get to sit with any fellow Angelenos. Still, the surroundings gives you this feeling of nostalgia. The details from the sawdust to its train station friendly location gives off this vibe. Although it was delicious, the sandwich is not fulfilling. Order two if really hungry. It's a bit pricey for its size, but the 30 cent tea makes up for it!

Pros: Location

Cons: Price

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Not quite was I expected when I walked in and had the SLOWEST service at a sandwich bar that I could remember, but then I took my first heavenly bite of my Double Dipped. MMMMmmm, this is what our boys are fighting for, the right for me to live in a land where I can have such a magnificent Freedom Dip. The slaw that stood by its side was amazing, so much so that the potato salad went untouched. I had two- one single and one double dipped, beefs and am glad that I did. This place is great and all that it is known to be. Pats on the East and Philippes on the West. PCS and Freedom Dips, Perfect Bookend sandwiches!!

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Not quite was I expected when I walked in and had the SLOWEST service at a sandwich bar that I could remember, but then I took my first heavenly bite of my Double Dipped. MMMMmmm, this is what our boys are fighting for, the right for me to live in a land where I can have such a magnificent Freedom Dip. The slaw that stood by its side was amazing, so much so that the potato salad went untouched. I had two- one single and one double dipped, beefs and am glad that I did. This place is great and all that it is known to be. Pats on the East and Philippes on the West. PCS and Freedom Dips, Perfect Bookend sandwiches!!

Pros: Dip, Double Dip, Triple???

Cons: Blue Stuff, on my beef???

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I've eaten at Philippe's since I was a little girl, in town with my father to visit his workplace (808 Spring Street) in the '50s; he enjoyed eating lunch there with all the judges and politicians. I now live in northern California, but eat at Philippe's EVERY time I'm in LA, a couple times a year to see family and friends. The food is GREAT, the lines long but quick, the waitstaff warm and accommodating, the place big enough for every and all kinds of diners. It's a place to truly LOVE to visit and eat at. Only complaint was lemon merique pie wasn't tart/lemony, as it's been in the past. Pudding & custards are smaller, but coffee is only 10 cents! Go back to generous-sized desserts - you can surely afford it!

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I've eaten at Philippe's since I was a little girl, in town with my father to visit his workplace (808 Spring Street) in the '50s; he enjoyed eating lunch there with all the judges and politicians. I now live in northern California, but eat at Philippe's EVERY time I'm in LA, a couple times a year to see family and friends. The food is GREAT, the lines long but quick, the waitstaff warm and accommodating, the place big enough for every and all kinds of diners. It's a place to truly LOVE to visit and eat at. Only complaint was lemon merique pie wasn't tart/lemony, as it's been in the past. Pudding & custards are smaller, but coffee is only 10 cents! Go back to generous-sized desserts - you can surely afford it!

Pros: consistent, good food, happy, friendly staff, happy customers

Cons: tart up that pie!, parking can by iffy, shrunken puddings

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Long lines and lunch and hard to find parking but pretty unique food and place. Worth a visit.

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Long lines and lunch and hard to find parking but pretty unique food and place. Worth a visit.

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Each and every dipped sandwich that Philippe's has is wonderful. I have also enjoyed the soups and stews there, as well. You'll be surprised at the low, low prices of coffee and lemonade that they have. I believe that a cup of coffee is 10 cents, and a glass of lemonade is 15 cents. Phillipe's is easily found off of both the 101 Hollywood and the 110 Harbor Freeways. Free parking is not only found around the building, but also across the street.

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Each and every dipped sandwich that Philippe's has is wonderful. I have also enjoyed the soups and stews there, as well. You'll be surprised at the low, low prices of coffee and lemonade that they have. I believe that a cup of coffee is 10 cents, and a glass of lemonade is 15 cents. Phillipe's is easily found off of both the 101 Hollywood and the 110 Harbor Freeways. Free parking is not only found around the building, but also across the street.

Pros: Dipped sandwiches, Inexpensive, Free parking

Cons: Crowded order area, Small main parking lo

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I think the sandwiches are too small and do not hold enough meat to feed a grown man. A 7 year old might like the portions but not me. I can buy a small sandwich like that one in Atwater Village for $2.00 at the same neighborhood market that has been making sandwiches for more than 40 years. IMHO.
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I think the sandwiches are too small and do not hold enough meat to feed a grown man. A 7 year old might like the portions but not me. I can buy a small sandwich like that one in Atwater Village for $2.00 at the same neighborhood market that has been making sandwiches for more than 40 years. IMHO.
Rdgsr

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I've eaten at Philippe 2 times and they portion their meat like they were giving you gold. The bun was good but small. The place is way over priced for what you get. Yes they were the first, But I'm not going back. There are much better places for a Hot Beef Dip. I'm a chief so I know when I'm being ripped off. They are getting a lot of press so they can dig into everyones wallet. I'm sorry this place is on the list at all. The Pantry is a better place in that part of town Atmosphere wise and food value but their quality is just good not great.

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I've eaten at Philippe 2 times and they portion their meat like they were giving you gold. The bun was good but small. The place is way over priced for what you get. Yes they were the first, But I'm not going back. There are much better places for a Hot Beef Dip. I'm a chief so I know when I'm being ripped off. They are getting a lot of press so they can dig into everyones wallet. I'm sorry this place is on the list at all. The Pantry is a better place in that part of town Atmosphere wise and food value but their quality is just good not great.

Pros: old time atmosphere

Cons: Dwarf size portions, little to no beef, small Bun

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24 hour greasy spoon that's insanely cheap for the portions you get. How can you go wrong?

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24 hour greasy spoon that's insanely cheap for the portions you get. How can you go wrong?

Pros: price, clientele, 24 hours

Cons: neighborhood

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Philippe's is the best! Great, cheap sandwiches, yummy potato salad and pickles...ummm, I'm drooling thinking about it. Definitely check it out if you're visiting LA!

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Philippe's is the best! Great, cheap sandwiches, yummy potato salad and pickles...ummm, I'm drooling thinking about it. Definitely check it out if you're visiting LA!

Pros: Cheap!!!, A classic LA spot, Great sandwiches

Cons: slow service

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yummy, good food, especially for the price. the coffee was a big bargain

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yummy, good food, especially for the price. the coffee was a big bargain

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Had lunch here today, and I'm impressed! Sandwiches are a bargain at $4.25, and when you add the mustard, something special happens on your plate. Definitely worth the visit.

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★★★★★

Had lunch here today, and I'm impressed! Sandwiches are a bargain at $4.25, and when you add the mustard, something special happens on your plate. Definitely worth the visit.

Pros: fast, inexpensive, delicious

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If you have never been here it is a must. Sawdust and the best lamb sandwiches. fun fun fun and then some

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If you have never been here it is a must. Sawdust and the best lamb sandwiches. fun fun fun and then some

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Recently went to Philippe's and wondering if they forgot the beef or pork or lamb. I mean the sandwiches are soooo skimpy now. What happened? You get more meat from a $.99 burger.

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Recently went to Philippe's and wondering if they forgot the beef or pork or lamb. I mean the sandwiches are soooo skimpy now. What happened? You get more meat from a $.99 burger.

Pros: ambience, rich history

Cons: portions, taste

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An LA Tradition!
They've raised the price of coffee to a dime but the food is still one of the best values in LA. The atmosphere is functional; sawdust on the floor and order over a tall refrigerated deli case; then eat on long tables with a cross-section of the city. The French dip sandwich was invented here and its still my favorite. I also love the home-made lemonade and apple pie. I don't think you'll find a bad meal here no matter what you order.

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An LA Tradition!
They've raised the price of coffee to a dime but the food is still one of the best values in LA. The atmosphere is functional; sawdust on the floor and order over a tall refrigerated deli case; then eat on long tables with a cross-section of the city. The French dip sandwich was invented here and its still my favorite. I also love the home-made lemonade and apple pie. I don't think you'll find a bad meal here no matter what you order.

Pros: Food, Parking, Price

Cons: location, crowded at lunch

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The french dip sandwich is excellent. I had the beef. The potato salad is as good as it gets. The prices are very reasonable. I will definitely return. Even the coffee and orange juice are well over par. I highly recommend the joint!

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The french dip sandwich is excellent. I had the beef. The potato salad is as good as it gets. The prices are very reasonable. I will definitely return. Even the coffee and orange juice are well over par. I highly recommend the joint!

Pros: free parking, inexpensive, tasty

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