September 21st, 2009, 08:20 PM #11
September 21st, 2009, 08:44 PM #12
Thanks for the report Rinkrat. I saw that place during FanFest and wanted to try it but thought it might be to upscale for what I was wearing.
September 21st, 2009, 09:12 PM #13
Tried the place once last season. The food was good but a bit pricey, also, it's not very big, so finding seating for a group can be a challenge.
As for Philippe's, I agree it is better but it's also not directly across the street from Staples Center.
September 22nd, 2009, 01:51 AM #14
I like that place a lot! It's one of my favorite places at L.A. Live I've been to so far. Not only are the sandwiches excellent, but the sides are too. I highly recommend the baked mac n' cheese (one of the best I've ever had) and prime rib chili. Now I'm getting hungry. In all, thank you! :D
September 22nd, 2009, 02:36 AM #15
I don't know what the BFD is about Philippe's.
Been there a few times.
Can a fan please explain to me why you consider it so good?
I'll be there on the 3rd wearing a jersey for the cheap beer.
I never wear a jersey outside of playing in a game but in this case I'll make an exception.
Last edited by Bogey; September 22nd, 2009 at 08:49 PM.
September 22nd, 2009, 03:17 PM #16
Mmmmmmmmmmmm prime rib
I love Christmas eve because we have prime rib for dinner. And that means prime rib samiches on Christmas Day. Ooh and twice baked potato casserole.
As for Philippes, I went one time and it was average. I can go to the Hat for a similar beef dip.
Now I'm hungry for cow.
September 22nd, 2009, 09:36 PM #17
I don't yelp anymore and I've grown weary of the super-douchey foodie culture out there but I'll give you my take on Philippe's.
Originally Posted by Bogey
As a 32 year old natural born Angeleno I'm a bit ashamed that there are so many LA landmarks that I've never been too. To that end, my buddies (also long time LA residents) and I put together a restaurant bucket list of sorts and Philippe's was our first target.
The place: Philippe's is something that I'm growing more and more fond of: it's kinda ugly. It's not pretty. It's not fashionable. It wasn't designed by Ikea people or trendy interior designers. It's kinda "federal prison-ey". The menu has a ton of stuff other than the dip sandwiches, but for my first time there I went with the classic.
The food: I got the beef dip sandwich with a slice of cheese added on, a side of potato salad, and a slice of apple pie for desert. It wasn't exactly cheap, but it wasn't expensive either. I think I paid somewhere between $10-$13. The sandwich was medium in size and in past days I may have ordered two of them. In the end the meal filled me up nicely. I know you can get the sandwiches double-dipped but I went with the automatic single dip. The meat tasted good and I don't remember it being too fatty or greasy. It was tender enough (if it was more tender it would've just fallen apart into shredded beef) and the dipped bread added enough juice to keep it sloppy and not dry. The bread itself was fine. I didn't notice anything bad about it. I used a conservative amount of the horseradish mustard to give me a nice hook to the jaw and the two worked together very nicely. Sandwiches don't usually last too long for me and before I knew it I was in my last few delicious bites. My buddy got a lamb dip and I got a bite of that. I'm not a big fan of lamb but it tasted very good and was very tender.
The potato salad was a sleeper hit. It was a bit more tangy than I typically like but what sealed the deal and what I noticed upon first spoonful was that it was very creamy. They must add real cream or maybe even sour cream into it. Everyone in my group tried it and was very impressed. Just the potato salad alone makes me want to go there again. If I had a huge bowl of it I'd have polished it in one sitting. Great stuff.
Finally, the apple pie. Hey, if it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing, right? To sum it up: awesome. Apple slices firm enough without being squishy or completely lost. Sauce filling nicely spiced and gooey. Crust was tender and solid without being stale or dry. Only thing that would have made it better would be to heat it up, put a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on it, and serve it on the naked abdomen of a high priced escort.
So was it the best french dip sandwich I've ever had? Maybe, maybe not. To be honest I have no idea. Was it worth the time, effort, and money to go and eat there? Yes, it was. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I would. Would I go there again? Hell yes, I would.
September 29th, 2009, 03:00 AM #18
I've been to Lawry's in Vegas, and that is one of the best restaurants ever.
Is it 1950's inside like the one in L.V.?
September 30th, 2009, 12:25 AM #19
As much as I love it, I hate to tell you that there is no horseradish in their mustard, just REAAAALLLY strong mustard seeds (among other ingredients). No big deal though, I always assumed they did as well, before reading the label.
Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie
I've taken home many bottles and unfortunately had some that was so disapointingly mild, it hit the trash almost immediately (they private label it out to be within FDA standards and sometimes...welkl ish happens).
BTW, did anyone know the Tam O'Shanter Inn outdates Lawry's and is pretty much their parent restaurant?
September 30th, 2009, 12:27 AM #20
ima give lawry's a shot sometime after the 3rd