The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Monday, November 19, 2012

PHILLIPE'S






LOS ANGELES

FROM SANDWICH PARADISE, MAN VS. FOOD and BEST THING I EVER ATE!


1001 North Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012



http://www.philippes.com/

"French dip sandwiches (roast beef, lamb, pork, & turkey with au jus & spicy mustard)"



LOS ANGELES IS THE LAND OF CRUSHED HOPES AND DREAM AND INFLATED LIPS, BUTTS, AND BOOBS.....AND THERE ARE VERY FEW HISTORIC LANDMARKS THAT THE CITY OF ANGELS CAN LAY CLAIM TO...AS THIS CITY IS MUCH YOUNGER THAN OUR EAST COAST CONSTITUENTS

HOWEVER...LA HAS DISNEY LAND, THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN...AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT...PHILLIPPE'S....BIRTHPLACE OF THE FRENCH DIP

WHEN I CAME OUT TO LA TO INTERVIEW FOR A JOB, THE FIRST PLACE I WANTED TO GO WAS PHILLIPPE'S.....SO ANDREW AND OUR GOOD FRIEND TODD OBLIGED AND DROVE TO THE MIDDLE OF CHINATOWN TO INDULGE ON THIS AMERICAN LANDMARK.....TODD WILL SOMETIMES COME AL THE WAY ACROSS TOWN FOR THIS SANDWICH DURING HIS HOUR LUNCH BREAK....TODD'S LEGENDARY LUNCH BREAKS HAVE LEAD TO SOME INCREDIBLE EATS (SEE GLORIA'S AND PAPA CRISTO'S)

STEPPING INTO PHILLPES IS LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME...ITS CLASSIC AND LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE IT....SANDWICHES ARE CHEAP...THE COFFEE AND LEMONADE IS STILL LIKE 9 CENTS...

THEY BAKE THE BREAD FRESH.....SLICE THE MEAT FRESH...AND DIP IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.....

AND THEN THERE IS THE SPICY MUSTARD.....IT IS POWERFUL, PUNGENT, AND MIND NUMBINGLY MIND BLOWING....

AREA ALLERGISTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO PRESCRIBE A TASTE OF THE SPICY MUSTARD TO CURE SINUS INFECTIONS AS IT KNOCKS YOU OUT...

THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!

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