Upon leaving the Travel Show and while still in downtown Los Angeles we knew exactly where to go for some good food. The choice was Philippe which has been satisfying hungry city folk since 1908.
At the restaurant we met Andrew Binder, manager-partner and a fourth generation of the owning family.
There are two things that come to mind for many people when Philippe is mentioned. One is its reputation as the founder of the French Dip Sandwich, the second its sawdust covered floors.
The menu at Philippe is almost exactly what it was in the 1900s. Also the decor has remained the same and as always the French Dip Sandwich heads the menu.
Andrew had many interesting facts to tell us about the restaurant. It is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner with hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There is a good deal of memorabilia at this restaurant with its communal tables, wooden stools and its unique style of service where lines form in front of a deli display counter and a 'Carver' quickly prepares your order as you watch. Service is fast and the line moves quickly.
We had to, once again, have the French dip sandwich along with the house made potato salad and coleslaw.
Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. Prices are modest thanks to its reputation, the volume is large. Philippe sells about 2,200 sandwiches on weekdays and 3,800 on weekends.
There is seating both on the main floor and upstairs for a more leisurely experience. And unusual for downtown Los Angeles a large free parking lot for 80 cars.
Philippe is located at 1001 N Alameda in downtown Los Angeles, one block away from Union Station.
Telephone 213 628-3781, web, www.philippes.com.