When eating out, it is important to know WHAT to order and HOW you want it done. Most especially when you order the iconic sandwiches at Philippe’s the Original in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Okay, you know exactly what you need to order: a special French dipped sandwich which comes in pork, beef, lamb, ham or turkey. Your best bet is the beef. Sorry vegetarian friends, this I guess isn’t the place for you.
Oh, before we proceed to the how in ordering, make sure that you have cash because this is a cash only place. Bring cash with you or withdraw cash from the ATM they have right at the entrance.
Once you’ve decided your meat of choice for your Philippe’s French dipped sandwich, you need to tell the “carver” how you’d like your sandwich. You have four choices:
- Single dip – They dip ONE out of two pieces of bread into the au jus.
- Double dip – They dip BOTH pieces of bread into the au jus.
- “Wet” – The choice of soggy sandwich lovers worldwide.
- Dry – If you choose this, better yet just step out of the doors immediately. You go here for their famous French dipped sandwiches and it is useless to have them dry.
Then when you’ve decided on that then order your sides. Their coleslaw was creamy yet refreshingly tangy. Their split pea soup is light, earthy and comforting; a perfect partner to the sandwiches if you still think you need more moisture to help get them down your throat.
But my favorite side is their pickled eggs, which come in a magenta color to distinguish it from normal boiled eggs. I think I was drawn into it because of the color that reminded me of my also favorite salted duck eggs. How does it taste like? Well, a boiled egg with some pucker, which somehow releases more saliva to help with the digestion. TMI, but it is good to know, yeah?
Oh, and if you love the punch of heat with that pucker, don’t forget to slather their own brand of hot mustard. It is hot, the kind that moves through your nose, then into your eyes. So slather on with caution.
Philippe’s the Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open 6AM to 10PM daily
+1 (213) 628-3781