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Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803 (Central L.A)
(213) 628-3781
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Ranked #95 of 8,569 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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82% Recommend
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We first saw this place on Man vs Food on TV in the UK, so upon booking to visit LA, we sought out the location. We stopped here for lunch and tried the double dip sandwich. We were not disappointed. It was amazing, so tasty and full of flavour. I could have eaten two. The whole place of full of... More

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Buellton, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My wife, Vickie, and I took a day train trip to have lunch at Philippe and visit Old Town Los Angeles. I think that some of the experience at Philippe varies with the particular carver. Our double dip sandwiches were still too dry; probably try “wet” next time. Pickled eggs were piled high and dry up out of their counter... More

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Taylorsville, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is the one restaurant that I go to every time I'm in Southern California. At 104 years old, you have to be good to stay in business, particularly in the highly competitive food industry. The long lines during peak times attest to the value and quality of the cuisine. A "double dipped, Beef" sandwich coupled with a made in... More

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Anaheim, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice atmosphere. Great sandwiches. They don't accept credit cards, only cash. Bit pricey. I liked the beef and lamb the most.

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Vienna, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

When I travel, I like to visit places I see on Man vs Food and Triple D, so naturally, when I was in LA, I stopped by Philippe the Original. I came during the week and at dinner time, so the lines weren't long. I had the Lamb Double Dip, Mac Salad, and Cherry Pie, washed down with a draft... More

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San Dimas, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Let's get this straight right from the start. I have had better beff dips from other places, but no other place is like Philippe's. This place IS L.A.! Angelenos know it and that is why it is packed most of the time. There are so many stories told about the origin of the beef dip, how you pronounce the name... More

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Pegram, TN
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238 reviews 238 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I hate to buck the trend...but I thought this was just okay. Was it good? Yes. Was it worth the wait? (45 minutes) No. If ever in the area again I would try it again...IF the lines weren't so long. I got the double dipped beef and cheddar. It was good, but I couldn't help feel let down after waiting... More

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Orange County, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great dip sandwich! Although my favorite was my potato salad. It's a must to go and experience Phillipes as it has so much history! I'll be back.

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San Clemente, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Came here with a couple of friends. We were taken aback as we were expecting a cafe type atmosphere with table service, but what we got were rows of tables with stools and a counter to order the food. We each got the beef friend dip with a side salad. Sandwiches were good, as were the salads. We were from... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was excited to try this since it's a rite of passage in L.A. but I was very disappointed. I got both the lamb and the pork sandwich but neither had any flavor and the dip failed to impart any taste to the sandwich. It may have helped if I had put on some of their "famous" mustard, but a... More

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