I got stuck at jury duty downtown this week and I must say that the only redeeming factor was phillipes. After hearing about the many wonders of Phillipes, I went 3 times to try and tackle all that their menu has to offer.
1st Visit: I had to go with the classic french dip but I couldn't resist getting a slice of jack on top. OUTSTANDING. If you get the roll double dipped though, it can go to mush on you. The beef is sliced thin and they put enough of it on there where you don't feel cheated. I was a little dissapointed that they don't give you pickles with it but still worth it for my $5. Got a side of their potatoe salad too (80 cents) and that was also great. Creamy, flavorful and they cooked the potatoes well. Many places undercook the potatoes and I feel it ruins the meal.
2nd Visit: I went with the Lamb sandwich. Big mistake. The lamb was fatty and not tender. Generally I love lamb but I would never do it again at this place. Got a bowl of their beef stew (also $2.50-good value) and it was average. Nice portion but the flavor just wasn't there. I flet like they just put the meat and the vegtables in a pot of boiling water until everything was soft. The broth had very little flavor. The donut I had for desert was exceleent though.
3rd Visit: Had to go with the classic with jack again (double dipped- it's ok if you eat fast) and I was intrigued by the chilli. While the stew left a lot to be desired, the Chilli (with beans) was great. Great flavor, not runny, firm beans. You have to ask for cheese and onions though.
Recap: Pros: Beef sandwich, potatoe salad, chilli.
Avoid the beef stew and the lamb sandwich.