September 5, 2009 11:52 am · Posted by nancyeinhart
Inspired by this wonderfully Freudian sign comes Sand Wish List, where I'll chronicle the sandwich joints I haven't had the pleasure of visiting but desperately crave. First up: Cole's in Los Angeles, which I had my eye on even before my friend Phil (below left) gave the beef and blue cheese French dip a glowing review. Both Cole's and Philippe the Original claim to have invented the French dip in the early 1900s. Until recently, Cole's was closed, so Philippe won by default. But now Cole's has reopened as both a sandwich mecca and a purveyor of classic cocktails, which is sort of what I think heaven must be like. I am a big Philippe's fan, and really, it doesn't matter who made the French dip first. What matters is whose is better, which is why Cole's is on my Wish List. If you've been to both, let me know what you think is better.