Philippe's The Original dates back to the early 1900's, boasting of their fresh baked rolls, slow cooked meat, homemade chili, and desserts. Philippe's has also beein featured on The Travel Channel, AND being in Los Angeles, meant I had to try this place out for myself.
I went on a Friday afternoon, and as soon as I walked in was confused. There is no line to order, but a myriad of lines, with everyone trying to order from a cashier/served behind the counter. The floor was covered with littering that you would find in a barn (which is something I've seen in old barbeque joints), and I soon found myself trying to race up to order.
Their four french dips to choose from are turkey, beef, pork, and lamb. Since the host of the The Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food said the beef and lamb were the best, I went ahead and ordered both with a side of macaroni salad, potato salad, and a bowl of chili...
The sandwiches were AVERAGE at best, and the sides were nothing to boast about. The chili was forgettable, and the bread was the only item that was above average. There was no ooing and awing at every bite as The Travel Channel host demonstrated. They even have a sticker on their door saying “As seen on The Travel Channel.” I guess if your job is taking the time to profile an establishment, then making it seem MUCH better than it is for the camera goes along with the territory...
Pros – They have televisions there to watch a game.
Cons – Food is overpriced and not worth it
Visit again? Not even if I'm in the area.