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MY WEEKEND OF DIPPING AND RIPPING – COLE’S

If you are into Jedi, weeds, and French dipped sandwiches, then you would have died to be me this weekend.  In addition to a Star Wars party Little Man attended, where he appalled me with his behavior (did I raise my child in a barn?), I had the pleasure of pruning roses, raking leaves, throttling overgrown herbs and trying to make my garden look like something more than a horror story.  However, in the middle of my life of glamour, I got to take a respite in L.A. for lunch at Cole’s, open since 1908 and the originators of the French dipped sandwich.

Coles French Dip

Cole’s shares the title of originator of the French Dip with Philippe the Original, also a downtown Los Angeles staple. While there are people on both sides who can strongly argue who came first, what really matters is taste.  Cole’s cuisine is superb and has received numerous write-ups.  Residing within the old Pacific Electric Building, it also includes the Red Car Bar.  French dip and booze – a winning combination.

Cole’s is an experience everyone should try, with it’s moody saloon-like interior.  Vintage fixtures, tile and ambiance set the stage for a delicious culinary adventure.  Sandwiches go to the heart of comfort food.  A warm roast beef sandwich, dipped in au jus, hits the spot.  And given the bar is on the establish premises, you can have a little cocktail to go along with it.  The menu won’t overwhelm you – it is classic and simple.  However, you don’t go to a French Dip restaurant hoping to have sushi.  You go for the yummy sandwich experience.  Cole’s does not disappoint.
Coles French Dip
Don’t you wish you lived my elegant life?  Well, if you’re hungry, you can.  Stop by Cole’s for a delicious take on a comfort classic.
Cole’s
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA
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3 responses to “MY WEEKEND OF DIPPING AND RIPPING – COLE’S”

  1. wacky tacky says:

    For all of the hours and hours we have spent downtown, we have never been to Cole's. Craziness! Thanks for the motivation to get there!

  2. admin says:

    I had a picture of the French dip I was going to post, but it just looked…odd. It was o.k., though. But their garlic fries will leave your breath flaming. LOVE IT. And they also have a featured 30s cocktail each month. I didn't look at the bar menu until we were leaving or I would have ordered it. This months was something mulled with champagne.

  3. admin says:

    I had a picture of the French dip I was going to post, but it just looked…odd. It was o.k., though. But their garlic fries will leave your breath flaming. LOVE IT. And they also have a featured 30s cocktail each month. I didn't look at the bar menu until we were leaving or I would have ordered it. This months was something mulled with champagne.

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