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Recession Obsession: French Dipping Like It's 1909 at Philippe's

Pork French Dip With Swiss, Pre-Spicy French Mustard
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The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you've recently been downsized. We last obsessed over some ramen on the West Side, and some real inexpensive Guatemalan fast food. Today, we obsess...

Many call Philippe’s an “institution.” But is it really? Let’s run it through The LAist Institution Qualification Test:

  • Has it been around longer than The Grove? Check. 1901.
  • Does it have a signature dish? Check. The french dip sandwich.
  • Is the venue unique? Check. There’s sawdust all over the floor.
  • Does everyone have an opinion on the place? Check. Over 600 reviews on Yelp.

Philippe’s surely is an institution (LAist has been here before for breakfast.) This institution happens to be priced perfectly for these tough times. Their signatures sandwiches (of beef, ham, pork, lamb or turkey) are $5-$6 each (the lamb being the only over $6.) Most drinks are under a dollar too. That’s why Philippe’s is LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.