Loving the Home of the French Dip
It’s hot and cool at Cole’s in LA
The French Dip is ubiquitous diner food in America.
Thin slices of roast beef, a roll and a ramekin of au jus are easy to assemble in any ‘ol kitchen, to be sure.
Lo and behold, though, there are contenders for the title of inventing the French Dip … in Los Angeles.
Two joints claim creds — Cole’s and Philippe’s.
I’ve only been to Cole’s. But slap-yo-mamma, Cole’s French Dip is the diggitiest I’ve ever enjoyed.
The barkeeps made ad hoc craft cocktails for me, as is the drink trend these days.
As a pre-sandwich treat, I enjoyed a fine and fresh house pickled egg. (Not the spiceist I’ve had, but still a good and fresh one.)
When it came to the main event, a French Dip, I chose a sandwich my mom would like.
To explain: the French Dip is my mom Mimi’s favorite sandwich. And she also loves lamb like few folks I grew up around.
So when I my barkeep told me Cole’s best French Dip choice was the shaved lamb shank version, I said “hook me up with that.”
Cole’s French Dip is austere, but that’s how one should be. And they are delicious.
Take the street cred, Cole’s!