Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
Philippe the Original
LA is not an old city. There are no haunted colonial mansions, no ancient castles or cathedrals or Parthenons, but if you walk into Phillipe’s in Chinatown you may very well be able to convince yourself otherwise. Not only has Philippe’s been around for more than a hundred years, but it also makes a plausible claim to the invention of the historic French Dip sandwich (Cole’s in downtown makes the same claim, with roughly equivalent plausibility).
On any given day, you will find a broad cross-section of Angelenos, cops and businesspeople and tourists and jurors and government workers all mixed up together at the long communal tables. They have come to Philippe’s in search of that French Dip sandwich, roast beef or lamb, blue cheese or cheddar, on a French roll soggy with jus but stable enough to eat with your hands, salty and distinctly meaty with just a careful touch of Philippe’s incredibly potent mustard. Join the crowd, soak in the atmosphere, the sawdust floors, the old-fashioned carving stations, and slosh some more jus on that sandwich—there are few places in LA to be more pleasurably unstuck in time.
1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; https://www.philippes.