21: Lamb Dip at Philippe the Original.
There are preferences in Los Angeles that speak volumes about a person: Dodgers or Angels? Lakers or Clippers? Fritz Coleman or Dallas Raines? But the one that predates all of them is the classic Philippe's-Cole's debate, a rivalry that has evolved from claims of creating the first-ever French dip sandwich into two highly respectable civic landmarks.
But as much we love the post-remodel Cole's, a turn-of-the-century 1900 building restored to its full iron-lamps-and-dark-wood glory, as well as it's sidecar speakeasy The Varnish, recently named America's Best Cocktail Bar, it's never been much of a contest as to which one is held dearest to our heart. Maybe it's a nostalgia thing.
After over a century of business, Philippe's has hardly altered anything except it's prices, and even then not by much. It's a simple lunch-counter: sawdust on the floors, Oh Henry! bars at the newsstand, and squeeze bottles of nostril-scorching mustard at every table.
Wander in, order a lamb dip with Swiss — double-dipped is always the way to go –supplemented by a pickled egg or bowl of coleslaw, and a 75-cent glass of lemonade. It's as much a bucket-list item as any you'll find in this town.
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