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French Dip at Brandy Pete's, Financial District

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French Dip at Brandy Pete's, Financial District

Eric Eto | Sep 28, 2005 02:26 AM

There are a few items that I almost always try at a new place if I see them on a menu, like corn beef hash, or in this case, a French dip sandwich, aka roast beef sandwich au jus. Had a working lunch at Brandy Pete's this week and since it was on the menu, I got it. After ordering, I saw one go by and became a bit concerned that I made a mistake, since what I saw around the bun were what looked like bits of darkened thick cuts of meat. Luckily, to my suprise, it was a decoy. They make the sandwich and toast the whole thing in the oven for a bit, so that any pieces of meat dangling outside of the bun gets that darker overcooked color. But when you open the bun, it's that lovely pink color of roast beef. And it's pretty good too. I think I still prefer the one at Houston's (I think it's all the butter they use), but this one at Brandy Pete's gets a high vote. I'm accustomed to eating french dips in LA, where they were supposedly invented, and this one definitely competes. At about $10 (with fries), it's not a cheap lunch option, but might be worth it for a sit-down option in the financial district.

Not sure of the actual address, but Brandy Pete's is attached to the office building at 265 Franklin, near Post Office Square.

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