I’ve loved Philippe’s The Original for years, and the fact that it’s 107 years old certainly adds to its charm in my book. Known for its epically long, order-at-the-counter lunchtime lines and their lightening-fast meat carvers, Philippe’s is touted as being the birthplace of the “French Dipped Sandwich.” As the story goes, original owner Philippe Mathieu accidentally dropped a sliced French roll into one of his juice-filled roasting pans while making a sandwich for a policeman, who was so delighted with the result that he came back the next day -- with friends -- asking for the exact same sandwich. The story varies as to the genesis of the name itself – whether it comes from Mathieu’s own French lineage, or the police officer’s alleged equally Gallic name, or the French roll itself upon which the sandwich is made – but what remains consistent is the delicious nature of the dipped roast beef, pork, lamb, turkey, and ham sandwiches served at Philippe’s. I’m as much of a fan of the traditional roast beef with Swiss cheese as I am of the lamb paired with bleu cheese; but what truly makes these sandwiches otherworldly is the house-made, ultra-hot French mustard prepared twice a week by the restaurant in 40-gallon batches! This mustard is a staple in my pantry, and keeps me running back to Philippe’s on a regular basis – as do their 45-cent cups of coffee, their blackberry pie (freshly baked by Martino’s Original Bakery, as with all of their other fruit and cream-based pies), and – of course – their spectacularly roasted meats.
Dress: Betsey Johnson (old)
Necklace: Debstar Designs Bow and Coffin Necklace
Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW® Pomade in Soft Brown
Glasses: Bonlook Keiko frames in Tessa Tort