A Pictorial History of the French Dip, in LA and NYC


Coles P.E. Buffet, one of the L.A. places that claims to have invented the French dip

This week Counter Culture explores the history of an American classic sandwich, the French dip. But is it really French? You’ll have to read the piece to find out, but in the meantime, here is a gallery of sandwiches mentioned in the reviewticle.

The French dip being assembled at Coles, from brisket and a dipped roll

L.A.’s Philippe, the Original also claims to have invented the French dip, with a wildly contrasting story.

Philippe’s version, sided with potato salad

Walter Foods’ contemporary rendition features skirt steak and a sourdough demi-baguette.

Joe Dough’s French dip — with tongue

Dough’s estimable sandwich has a novel horseradish slaw on top.

The interior of tiny Joe Dough

Waterfront Ale House’s might have been good, except the roast beef was stone cold.

The beguiling beer list at Waterfront Ale House

The version at Hudson Diner — there was something floating in the broth.

The exemplary French dip at Minetta Tavern, authentic save for the rareness of the beef …

… and the fries that come with it, fastidiously ensconced in layers of paper, with homemade aioli.

Brooklyn’s ur-dip at Brennan and Carr, since 1938

Winnie and Rachel at Brennan and Carr, 2008