Biting Into History Where the French Dip Was Born in Los Angeles, CA
The stories vary, but diners from all walks of life know Philippe the Original as the birthplace of the French Dip. Step down into Philippe's (as it's known locally), pick a line, and place an order familiar to generations of Angelenos: a beef "double dip" (or "wet" for even more jus), a side of slaw, lemonade, and perhaps a slice of pie. With practiced ease your server assembles your meal, and within minutes you take your tray, cross the sawdust covered floor, and hunt for a seat. Sitting at a communal table, you ask your neighbor to pass the sinus-clearing spicy mustard. At Philippe's, it might even be the mayor who hands you the squeeze bottle.