Not-So-French Dip

The great pitfall of Los Angeles’ great sandwich, the French dip, is that the beef is often bland and flavorless. Yes, even at Philippe’s (where most hounds prefer the lamb or pork). Want better beef? Go for a prime rib dip. Here’s a tip from Pesky Humans: if you happen to be at The Palm, they’ll sometimes have leftover prime rib from last night’s dinner, which will have been transformed into a French dip lunch special. It is the best such sandwich he has ever had. “Simple and awesome, and highly recommended.”

Bandera’s French dip, also with prime rib, is widely favored; Houston’s has a similar sandwich, but the bread is not as good and soft as at Bandera, says Ernie. They’re about $15.

Taylor’s has a prime rib dip sandwich for $13 at lunch, and it’s delicious, says ostudio. It comes with a mixed salad, but you can get their Molly salad instead for a few bucks more. At dinner, the sandwich is $16.

Tam O’Shanter, owned by Lawry’s, does a sandwich bar where they carve the prime rib or brisket right in front of you. Needless to say, the French dip is very good.

Weiler’s Deli has a very tasty beef dip made with brisket, says davinagr.

If you were from Chicago, says RSMBob, “beef dip” would mean an Italian beef sandwich. Best choices in these parts: Chicago’s Best in Irvine, Portillo’s in Buena Park, and Taste Chicago in Burbank. Go for broke and get a combo of beef and sausage.

Eastside Market also does an Italian-style French dip (!!!) that’s pretty damn good, says JAB, and heckonwheels recommends 322 in Sierra Madre for a good Italian beef dip with spectacular mountain views.

And chefnico really likes the beef dip at–another L.A. institution.

Philippe The Original Restaurant [Downtown]
1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles
213-628-3781
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Palm Restaurant [Beaches]
9001 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
310-278-6366
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Palm Restaurant [Downtown]
1100 S. Flower St., Los Angeles
213-763-4600
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Bandera Restaurant [Wealthy Westlands]
11700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
310-477-3524
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Bandera Restaurant [OC Beaches]
3201 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
949-673-3524
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Houston’s Restaurant [Century City]
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
310-557-1285
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Houston’s Restaurant [Beaches]
202 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
310-576-7558
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Houston’s Restaurant [Beaches]
1550 Rosecrans Ave. # A, Manhattan Beach
310-643-7211
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Houston’s Restaurant [Pasadena-ish]
320 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena
626-577-6001
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Houston’s Restaurant [South OC]
2991 Michelson Dr., Irvine
949-833-0977
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Taylor’s Steakhouse [Koreatown]
3361 W. 8th St., Los Angeles
213-382-8449
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Taylor’s Steakhouse [East San Fernando Valley]
901 Foothill Blvd., La Canada
818-790-7668
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Tam O’Shanter Inn [Atwater Village]
2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles
323-664-0228
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Weiler’s Deli & Catering [West San Fernando Valley]
21161 Victory Blvd., Canoga Park
818-884-6611
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Chicago’s Best [South OC]
2540 Main St., Irvine
949-757-1802
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Portillo’s [South OC]
8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park
714-220-6400
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Taste Chicago [East San Fernando Valley]
603 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
818-563-2800
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Eastside Market and Italian Deli [Chinatown]
1013 Alpine St., Los Angeles
213-250-2464
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Cafe 322 [San Gabriel Valley]
322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd,, Sierra Madre
626-836-5414
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Canter’s Fairfax Restaurant [Fairfax Village]
419 N Fairfax Ave., Beverly, Los Angeles
323-651-2030
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Board Links
Best Beef Dip Style Sandwich in Los Angeles (Long-ish)
Phillipe’s Famous French Dip