Philippe The Original has long claimed to be the birthplace of the world-renown French dip sandwich, and on Monday the eatery will mark its 110th anniversary with $1.10 sandwiches from 4 to 8 p.m.
Philippe’s opened its doors in 1908, founded by Philippe Mathieu. However, it’s most famed dish didn’t emerge until a decade later when, according to the restaurant, a French roll was accidentally dropped into a roasting pan filled with juice. The customer who ordered said he didn’t mind, and came back with friends the next day to order the sopping wet sandwich. The rest, as they say, is history.
The restaurant will also be holding raffles and giveaways during its four-hour anniversary party, which begins at 4 p.m. There will be live music and and prizes for kids. People hoping to get a $1.10 sandwich, however, should probably be prepared to wait in line — even longer than usual.
Additionally, cheese and pastrami or lamb versions of the sandwich will cost extra, the restaurant said.
Mathieu sold the restaurant to Harry, Dave and Frank Martin in 1927 and they moved it from its original Aliso Street location to its current home at 1001 N. Alameda St. in 1951 to make way for construction of the 101 Freeway.