National French Dip Day in The Villages FL

National French Dip Day

National French Dip Day in The Villages FL

National French Dip Day is celebrated on November 12th each year. This day is very popular among sandwich and meat lovers.

Chefs use this day as an opportunity to experiment with different variations of this sandwich and give their patrons a wide variety of tastes to try out.

The fact that this day is celebrated across the length and breadth of the United States proves just how well-loved this unique sandwich is.


Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet, situated in Los Angeles, is one of the first restaurants that served the popular French Dip sandwich. And National French Dip Day marks the 110th anniversary of Cole’s restaurant, which opened on November 12, 1908.

French dip is a roast meat sandwich where the juices of the roast meat are collected and served separately as a side dish to the sandwich. The sandwich is then dipped in the gravy. Cole’s began serving the French dip sandwich in 1908. The sandwich was specially prepared for a customer, who had sore gums and could not chew his roast beef sandwich. The customer asked the restaurant’s chef, Jack Garlinghouse, to moisten the sandwich bread with some roast meat juice. Soon, more and more customers started asking for the same sandwich, and it became one of the top-selling dishes of the restaurant.

Cole’s is one of the first restaurants that came up with the idea of serving roast beef juice with their sandwich. However, another popular restaurant Philippe’s claims that its owner, Philippe Mathieu, is the inventor of the sandwich. Since both restaurants have been operating since the early 1890s, it is still difficult to identify the original creator of the sandwich.


  • Organize a sandwich-making contest
    Making a superb sandwich is an art. On this National French Dip Day, organize a fun sandwich-making contest with your friends. You can make it more challenging by setting a time limit or adding a mystery ingredient that must be used in the dish
  • Try out an authentic French dip sandwich
    The French dip sandwich recipe is more than 100 years old. Still, it is not readily available in mainstream fast food joints. Therefore, on this National French Dip Day, visit some less explored restaurants in your city that serve authentic French dip-style sandwiches. Enjoy it in true American style by soaking up the sandwich in piping hot beef juice (au jus).
  • Bake French bread
    Baking is a therapeutic activity, and French bread is one of the main ingredients of French dip sandwiches. French dip tastes best when made with French loaf, and nothing tastes better than homemade bread. All you need is some flour, yeast, and oil to make some delicious artisan bread from scratch.


  1. French people think the English love beef
    In the ongoing rivalry between the two nations, the French started calling the English ‘rosbifs’ because the English often had roast beef for their main meal on a Sunday.
  2. The perfect match
    Englishmen used to serve Yorkshire pudding as a starter with roast beef.
  3. A ballad on roast beef
    Henry Fielding has written a patriotic ballad called ‘The Roast Beef of Old England.’
  4. Open fire roast
    Old Englishmen used to cook roast beef on open fires.
  5. The rich ate beef
    During the Middle Ages, eating beef was a sign of wealth and success.


  • People learn about authentic French dip recipe
    Today, the French dip sandwich is not served the way it was in the early 1900s. The National French Dip Day is all about the authentic French dip sandwich that was served in L.A. during the 1890s. The recipe and serving style of the sandwich, however, has evolved with time. Today, restaurants serve it with mustard sauce and a dipping bowl of hot roast meat juice on the side.
  • Tourists get to try popular American sandwiches
    American sandwiches are not as well-known as other American fast food dishes among the locals or tourists. By dedicating an entire day to an American delicacy like the French dip sandwich, more people can become familiar with it, and the unique story behind its invention.
  • It encourages people to try healthy fast food items
    The majority of burgers and sandwiches can be quite fattening as various spreads like mayonnaise, butter, and cream cheese are used to make the sandwich moist and flavorful. The French dip is an alternative to regular burgers and sandwiches, as it only comes with the juices of the roasted meat as a dipping sauce.

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