So we went to Cole’s (118 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles) which proclaims itself to be “Originator of the French Dip Sandwich.” This is the beef, which seems to me the only true French Dip, but other options are certainly possible.
Philippe The Original, less than a mile and a half away, also makes claims to be the begetter of the French Dip. I have no dog in that origins fight, but on the day it seemed to me that the Philippe version is slightly superior sandwich, although the vibe and the décor at Cole’s is much better.
Not least of the good things at Cole’s is this plaque in the gents:
Although now that I think about it, I’m sure that Charles Bukowski was the kind of guy who pissed everywhere.