Thursday, March 26, 2009
986 E 2nd St
French Dip sandwiches. Invented by Cole's, then copied by Philippe, French dip sandwiches are really a LA invention. Tony's restaurant in Pomona has been serving French dips for 50 years. It is funny, but I have lived in the area for over 30 years and I didn't know about Tony's until two months ago. Tony's isn't anything fancy. There is sawdust on the floor, red and white checkered table clothes, and you order at the counter and then find a table.
I had the beef dip, $5.68. The beef dips comes on a paper plate just like Philippe. The beef sliced thin and stacked high. The beef was tender and flavorful. They will give you a cup of au jus for free, if you ask for it. Unlike the copy cat, Philippe, you do not need some horseradish mustard to improve the flavor of the beef. The french roll is dipped but it was pretty soggy mushy. The key to any beef dip is have the bread not get too soggy. Tony's fails at this. But the quality of the beef makes up for it.
Service is nothing special but nothing bad either.
Tony's is not better than Cole's but is better than Philippe. I would go back to Tony's to try their corned beef or turkey dips. If you live the Pomona area, you would be better off going to Tony's than driving to LA for Philippe.