Philippe’s, like Cole’s, also claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich by accidentally dropped the crunchy roll into gravy.
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.
Please click to see additional photos I have taken of these places on both Instagram and Twitter.
Currently this list has been edited over 500 times.
My criteria for the restaurants here is that they are 1979 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 December 2017 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 2 years since I published this list, it has received nearly half a million reads!