You know whats extremely convenient about Cole’s and Philippe’s being right next to each other? Their both not as amazing as they claim. Don’t get me wrong, they are good. But they don’t amaze me. Philippe’s has always been overrated to me so we’ll talk about that when another friend is like “dude, I know where to get the best french dip in LA” and then I wind up there. God, I hate those words (I mentioned them in the last post). “I know where to get the best…” that sentence either ends with burger, french dip, or sandwich in LA. And it always has one of two answers for each item. Burgers: Fathers Office or Umami Burger. Sandwiches: Bay Cities or Langers. And finally french dips: Philippe’s or Coles. So lets talk about Coles.
The first time I went to Coles, It kicked ass. The meat was carved in the open, the bread was perfect, the au jus dipping sauce was delicious, and their very spicy mustard accompanied the sandwich perfectly. The last time I went to Coles (last week) there was no more carving station, my sandwich had less meat, and the bread was not very warm. Every time I have gone to Coles between my first time and last, the place has downgraded. They have a ton of history, they claim to have originated the french dip and they like to post that everywhere. I don’t see the need to brag about when you opened. If your food is that good, people will be there. If you started in 1920, and you’re still open, good for you. Should every 90 year old man wear multiple signs on their body that says I was born in 1920 and I’m still alive… No. One time please! On the sign outside tell me when you opened and what your famous for.
Wow Factor: The inconspicuous door in the back!
I would suggest going to Cole’s one time to see if you like it. And if you aren’t going for the famous french dip or spicy pickles……Nevermind. If you are there after 6pm there is an inconspicuous door in the back knock on it!