My recent favorite is Cole’s for their famous beef dip sandwich and spicy garlic fries.
Cole’s history extends back to 1908. Those who know will order the beef French Dip, Cole’s legacy dish. This is a fine quality sandwich with tender beef and bread that holds up perfectly when dipped in the subtle au jus. I prefer a little more dressing in the bacon potato salad, but it’s not bad. A uniquely enjoyable garnish are their pickles, a sort of jalapeno-spiced bread & butter pickle; a wonderful marriage of sweet and spice. The meal is served in a beautifully restored dining room that harkens back to an earlier era.
It’s a short walk from Staples Center and they are open until midnight or 2am depending on the day. The place has a unique history formerly operating as a cable car repair garage as well as a speak-easy — something to discuss over a few cable car cocktails.
- Address: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
- Phone: (213) 622-4090
- Cuisine: American · Sandwiches · French
- Price: $