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A Bite Of LA: Chinatown, Olvera Street & Philippe’s French Dip.

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We took the train to LA for the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, then walked to Philippe, The Original and Olvera Street — All are within walking distance from each other.

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The Dragons and Confetti Poppers were the best part of the parade.

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Nearby in Chinatown, Sugar Cane was being pressed — As a kid, I remember a lot of Sugar Cane being sold on Olvera Street, but didn’t see any available whatsoever.  I wonder why?!

China Town

The most expensive Ginseng we saw was $899.00 per pound — Wow.

Chinese New Year Parade Dragon

And then we went to Philippe, The Original.  It’s family owned and operated since 1908.

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They claim to be the Home of the French Dip Sandwich and lines can be too long.

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The lines are weird too — One line becomes ‘pick the best of several’ that lead to the counter.

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Note it’s cash only — A French Dip Sandwich was once 35¢.

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We both went with the Beef French Dip, though Philippe’s offers several Meat options.

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Ours was with a Pickled Egg, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Lemonade and Iced Tea.

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Okay, I’m sorry to say… It’s just okay.  I’m not a fan of pre-dunk Bread.  It makes the Sandwich soggy.  I’d prefer to dip it with each bite.  I’m told to have it with Philippe’s Mustard next time and wish I had it this day, since I’m not sure I want to stand in line for it again.

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I’m happy to have tried it, which is good enough for now — We’ll see about next time.

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Gone with remnants of wet Bread left behind.

Don't get gas here!

Don’t get gas here (above) near Philippe’s and Olvera Street — It’s a bigger rip-off than usual.

Olvera Street

The start of one side of Olvera Street (above).

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Food and reflections of today (above) and yesterday (below).

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The Kitchen at Avila Adobe, the oldest existing residence in Los Angeles.

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The Dining Room — I wanted to sit and eat, again.

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Another full day of food and fun together.

  1. April 19th, 2013 at 14:48 | #1

    I agree 100% about the french dip. I expected it to be sooo good and then… whaa whaaaa… I like to dip my own sandwich bite, by bite…

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