Philippe’s, like Cole’s, also claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich by accidentally dropped the crunchy roll into gravy.
I’m sure there are many holes in my research and would appreciate additions and updates in the comments section below.My criteria for the restaurants here is that they are at least 35 years old (1983) or older, although there are a few exceptions, and that they are within about an hour’s drive from downtown L. You will find classic steakhouses, Googie diners, pastrami delicatessens, walk-up hamburger stands and more. As of February 2018 the list is at just 406 places, spread as far south as the bottom of Orange County, east to San Bernardino and north to Santa Clarita. In nearly 3 years since I published this list, it has received over half a million reads!When the restaurant has a web page I provide that, but if not I share a link to a review or Yelp. That shows me how much people care about our vintage restaurants.Please click to see additional photos I have taken of these places on both Instagram and Twitter.Currently this list has been edited over 550 times.Cole’s story is that the au jus dipped roll was prepared at the request of a customer with sore gums who could not eat the crunchy bread.Closed briefly in March 2007 after 99 years in business, Cole’s was brought back to its original splendor with a new owner in 2008 with vermillion red wallpaper, a long mahogany wooden bar, a copper penny tiled floor, Tiffany-style lamps, old photographs mounted on the walls and a back speakeasy.My goal is to have it finished very soon and and publish it here at the Los Angeles Beat.It will make it easier to find the vintage restaurant you are in the mood for by type of food and neighborhood.Originally opened in 1887 as part of the Saugus Train Station under the name Saugus Eating House, it took its present name, The Saugus Cafe, in 1899.It moved to its present location in 1905 and was remodeled and enlarged in 1925. (1908) Cole’s Founded by Henry Cole in 1908 on the bottom floor of the Pacific Electric Building, which at 10 stories was once L. Known for their cocktails and French dip sandwiches, which both Cole’s and nearby Philippe’s claim to have invented.