Thursday, March 29, 2012

It doesn't rank up there with a trip to Disneyland or Universal Studios but if you are going to be in the L.A. area anyhow―you might enjoy a trip to Philippe's. They are famous for their French dipped sandwiches. When you look at the picture below you're going to say, "It's not a very impressive place, is it?" And you'll be right. It isn't. But it's a fun place. It's fun to be there. It's fun to eat there.

But back to the food. The food is good―but not great. I had my first French dipped sandwich at a little walk up, one man operated food stand on a street corner in El Monte, California. It was delicious! As I said, Philippe's is good but not great. They have all kinds of dipped sandwiches, chili, potato salad, slaw, boysenberry pie, banana cream pie and much, much more.

The atmosphere is the part that's fun. There is nothing fancy about the place in both food and furniture. It's a huge place. There's sawdust on the floor and it's always crowded. So what's it all about (Alfie)?
It's more a state of mind than anything else!

Going to L.A. anyhow? Drop by Philippe's. You'll be glad you did. It's on Alameda in the China Town district, close to Union Station.

But even if you do not want to eat there--go for the atmosphere. The place is history!


Mevely317 said...

You had me at mention of banana creme pie, Clif :)
Love this sort of nostalgia for the chemistry of places and spaces!