You can enter in the rear door or front door and walk along the sawdust through the dining area to get to the three or four lines behind the glass counters where the sandwiches are prepared.
There is a decent selection for beer including draft starting at $1.10 as well as wine by the glass for $2.10 or by the carafe. Also on the menu is a beer that has no alcohol, plus domestic and imported beers. The big sellers seemed to be lemonade or iced tea for fifty cents. Also on the menu are colas, diet sodas, milk, tea, coffee or sparkling water.
While waiting in line you can see the various pies they offer for dessert or opt for cheesecake as I did. For children there is ice cream or puddings. During the season of October through June you can order the favorite Baked Apples selling at $1.60.
You have the option of getting sandwiches double dipped. The sandwiches available are beef, pork and ham for $4.15 with the lamb costing $4.45. Your next choice comes with the type of cheese you want, either swiss, american, jack or bleu cheese. I choose Jack for mine. Next time I am going for swiss and lamb double dipped in au jus. For the colder months I may go back and try their beef stew.
Philippe The Original is open from 6 am till 10 pm every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas. The breakfast menu looks tempting and is served from 6 am till 10:30 am. A Ham steak and two eggs goes for $6.50, oatmeal for $1.30, three homemade biscuits for seventy-five cents. A cheese omelet is only $4.05 or their short stack with bacon, sausage or hash for $4.70. I will have to check them out for the breakfast special french toast dipped in cinnamon egg batter!
I do not like the soup selections. The bus person takes your tray. There are tvs and radio playing. Bathrooms are decent. Booths are comfortable. They have wooden ceiling fans sometimes turned on or the A/C is on.
Seating is family style, but I have not seen any highchairs.
PROS: lots of selections, price, casual atmosphere
CONS: no ice for water, would like onions & peppers on sandwich
For the six-month period I had no vehicle the Regional Center funded taxi service on a weekly basis so my son could attend his therapy sessions.
I called weeks in advance to schedule several sessions so they had it in their system. I always felt like I had to call to make sure the information was in their system.
Sometimes they beep and leave before you get out there - but that occurred when we were paying clients, not having it done on paper so the driver got guaranteed payment.
Many of the drivers use cell phones while driving, all filled out the paperwork accurately. I always requested a car with three seatbelts in back that were in working order. On average we got this request fulfilled, but some times the van came and I would not get in those vehicles - they are death traps with no ventilation for the two back seat sections to open a window.
Some drivers were the same week after week and would stay in the area we were driven to and take us back. Some even helped us out of the vehicle.
PROS: they work with companies for various funding options
CONS: long hold times on phone, sometimes too early and very late
I picked this Hospital out of a listing of Hospitals from my Insurance. I had never been here before and felt comfortable with the prenatal services I received.
Getting blood work was very organized with a short wait compared to many other places. All personnel were polite and explained procedures.
I arrived before midnight in labor for my son, and delivered him around 3 am. Since I had another small son at home with no available childcare the following afternoon I was able to get released quickly with the promise to bring my baby the following day for another check up.
The room was comfortable, service with nurses and Dr was adequate. Here they put you in another room for delivery and then recovery. When I had my other son in NJ it was all done in the same room that was very large and had a sofa for the other parent.
At this Hospital I shared the room with four other women. This would not be an ideal situation for a first time parent.
PROS: easy to get your records
CONS: construction, parking is confusing at times
Twice we entered the hospital through the emergency room with the other admittance happening directly from the medical group across the street. They send a wheelchair over to bring the patient directly to their ward.
One year it was a few days before Christmas. A group of local volunteers came and sang carols around the pediatric ward and gave out presents, even to visiting siblings.
If you are lucky your child can get a private room with their own bathroom. On one visit we had a shared bathroom that was not pleasant. They have air conditioning and chairs that pull out into beds for parents and sibling to stay.
The kids room is not open consistently, but you can get the videos and tv/vcr to move into the room for convenience. Nurses are helpful and remember patients from previous stays.
Social services visits and will give you a pass for free food at the cafeteria if the need is there. The biggest hassle is leaving and getting care directions, wheelchair ride out. This all is waiting on the pharmacy if you have any meds to get filled before leaving. It can be another hour before you get out the door due to this Rx.
Rooms are small and cramped if there are two kids and one adult. They have volunteers who will sit with your child while you go get a meal. They can be brought up to the room too.
The cafeteria has a microwave you can use for the food items, including popcorn.
They also have on site therapies that both my children have attended over the years - speech and occupational (OT). There is an indoor pool both therapists used with my kids and did cross over therapy so they were there together.
They do come early for blood draws, will accomodate special needs meals with the assistance of Dietitian.
PROS: consistent staff, helpful social services, dietitian
CONS: some long waits in Emergency Room, long lines at food grill
I worked out here twice before deciding on the other Brand blvd 24 hour fitness. I chose the smaller one because this super sport is too spread out which requires a lot of walking around to get to the machines and the elevator to get to the pool, which was under construction and might not be available yet.
I also noticed many of the trainers talking with clients and regulars working out and would not help me with finding some pieces of equipment. The locker room was different from other locations, but at least they had the benches.
They lack many of the ab machines that the other spot has. It is really hard to find this spot when driving since it is nestled in a building without much advertisement. You have a little bit of street parking and they validate parking, but I could not find that lot.
PROS: many television sets, towels for VIP and VIP locker rooms
CONS: last time I was there the pool was under construction
I have been working out at this Brand Blvd. location since Feb. The showers have been out of order since May 17th for both men and women's showers.
The workers seem to do the cleaning and dusting the same time I am there, which is between 8:45 and 10:30 am. Last week the guy had all the ceiling fans and standing fans on the wall near the treadmills turned off so he could vaccum them. I went to the front counter and made a complaint. I learned that they were all on the same circuit, but I found it to be very uncomfortable and smelling of sweat to continue to work. I left and called the main number to make a complaint, they told me to call the manager. Well the next day they had an urgent notice up stating as of 6-24-05 they would be closing for 6-8 weeks for construction. Why bother complaining now. They also do not clean the dust very well, it looks like they miss it most of the times. One time the music was not even playing and it was too quiet to work out and the girl never did get the music on. This past Wed I went to tell one of the workers there that the chin dip weight secure link was not working. He said he would be right there, yet I stayed another hour and no one checked it out.
The other issue I have with this location is the television sets are always on ESPN and they will not change the channel. The female locker room is somewhat clean most times, yet there is no place to sit down since they do not have benches and it was crowded there early in Feb and March. Since the showers broke down there was a drop in attendance.
They have very popular aerobics classes, but I never went to any of them. The treadmills are mostly working, sometimes one or two are out of order or in need of waxing. The bicylces are all in a row too with a good amount. The main reason I come here is the closeness to home and the street parking for two hours is free on Brand. This changed a few months ago with the street and sidewalk construction.
PROS: all on one level, many ab machines
CONS: showers out of order since mid May, now closed for 6-8 weeks
The area on Wilshire that this branch is located is very busy, always jammed with traffic. The parking garage does validate, but you need to park at the last level, no matter what day of the week you come here. Also when you leave you have to take the elevator to the ticket office and present your ticket before heading down to your car. This is a hassle and not worth the aggravation considering the small size of this club. The locker room is very small, although the equipment is spread out you will have to wait to use most.
PROS: parking is validated
CONS: too much work involved to get validated