Philippe The Original, one of Los Angeles’ most storied eateries, will mark its 110th anniversary Monday, celebrating the occasion by selling its famed French Dipped sandwiches for just $1.10.
The restaurant will also be holding raffles and giveaways during its four-hour anniversary party, which begins at 4 p.m. People hoping to get a $1.10 sandwich, however, should probably be prepared to wait in line — even longer than usual.
Philippe’s opened its doors in 1908, founded by Philippe Mathieu. But it’s most famed dish didn’t emerge until a decade later.
According to the eatery, Mathieu was making a sandwich in 1918 and accidentally dropped the French roll into a juice-filled roasting pan. The customer — a police officer — said he didn’t mind and took the sandwich anyway. It was so good he came back the next day with friends asking for the same sandwich.
The concoction was dubbed the French Dipped Sandwich, but according to the restaurant, it’s unclear if it was so named because of the French roll, Mathieu’s French heritage or because the officer’s name was French.
Mathieu sold the restaurant to Harry, Dave and Frank Martin in 1927 and they moved it from its original Aliso Street location to its current home at 1001 N. Alameda St. in 1951 to make way for construction of the 101 Freeway.