4 French Dip Sandwiches That Go Beyond Cole’s and Philippe

You’ve tried the classics—now for something a little different

We love ’em to death but there’s a world beyond Philippe and Cole’s. Here’s where else you should be getting your dunk on.

Italian Dip from Pirolo’s Panino


Miami chef Michael Pirolo brought his eponymous Italian American sandwich shop to Melrose back in April, offering cold cuts and chicken parm galore. Try the juicy house spin on the dip, made with roasted Italian beef, salsa verde, caramelized onions, and a peppery cup of beef jus. 7461 Melrose Ave., Fairfax.

Menudo Dip from Tolosa


At Steven Tolosa’s street food spot in Boyle Heights, you’ll find nuevo takes on Mexican classics, like plantain empanadas filled with beef cheeks. His wildest reinvention is a play on the hearty soup menudo: braised tripe, onion, and cilantro stufed into a bolillo roll and served with a side of chile-spiked broth. 2635 Whittier Blvd., Boyle Heights.

Braised Lamb Dip from Harlowe’s French Dip


Old Pasadena’s saloon with sandwiches pairs craft beer with straightforward French dips featuring a handful of proteins. Our fave is slow-braised lamb and creamy labneh on a crusty roll with pan drippings. 43 Union St., Pasadena.

French Onion Soup Burger from the Stand


The Gruyère-topped burger at this gastropub chain may not be a French dip in name, but it’s certainly one in spirit. Loaded with two kinds of onions (red-wine-braised and fried), it comes with a bowl of onion soup for dipping. Various locations.

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