CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2003 |
When Philippe Mathieu of Aix-en-Provence arrived in Los Angeles in 1903, Angelenos were living in startling culinary isolation -- some would say desolation. Mathieu would change all that. He launched a frontier version of French cuisine, inventing the French dip sandwich (with a little push from an angry customer) and founded Philippe the Original, a downtown landmark.