gltsoi (gltsoi) wrote,

LA, Part II

Day 3 – Philippe’s and The Crab Cooker


It may seem wrong to most people to have a lamb sandwich for breakfast, but I wanted to fit Philippe’s in somewhere and it was 11am (and really, it was 2pm in Boston). They claim to have invented the French dip sandwich (you can read the story on the website).

R had a lamb and blue cheese, double dipped (the top half of the bread is dunked in the jus on both sides) and I had the beef, double dipped.


The sandwiches were delicious. I watched as she carved the lamb off of a roasted shank. It is generous to say the space has “personality,” they have been there since 1951 and I imagine not much has changed, including the sawdust covered floors. That’s okay, it’s part of the restaurant’s charm.


The wedding festivities did not begin till 6pm, so we decided to venture down the coast. We stopped in Newport Beach and ate at the Crab Cooker for lunch. They are known to have great clam chowder, but imagine our dismay when we discovered it was Manhattan clam chowder. We have much disdain for the tomato based soup. If it was called minestrone with clams, it would be fine, but to call it a clam chowder is just wrong. Additionally, we had a small loaf of freshly bread (warm bread is always great), fried calamari (too bready), smoked albacore (nothing special) and Dungeness crab (I love crab; I could eat crab all day).


The service was friendly and the restaurant was near the beach and the pier. It’s not a bad option for lunch if you are in the area.

Tags: california, restaurant review

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