Yo Antonio et al,
Made it into Los Angeles today, and I located Phillipes. Well sirs, haven't been there before. Reminded me of Katz's Deli, Houston St. NYC, the Big Apple.
Saw dust on the floor, one big counter, you give them your order, they get it for you and give you the bill. You find a table, all tables and chairs now, no more model RR. You have your meal and clear the table yourself, and head for the cashier to settle up. No Credit Cards, No Checks..... CASH only. Hmmmmmmmm.
Got friendly with the Metrolink Stationmaster at LAUS. He told me he has been going to Phillipes for 50 years, and here is his assessment; Then it was great, now it is overpriced, they are riding on their reputation. Then, the sandwiches were large, now half of that. Depressing. A nice glass of wine will run you the best part of ten bucks. Nice wine list. The place has a museum of memorabilia of photos, artifacts etc. etc. on the walls. Spent some time checking out the museum.
You can get a better meal at La Golondrina, Olvera St. with waiter service, and not have to bus your own dishes for the same price and you can have a Guadalupe, Loopie, to serve you and tell you all about Olvera St. You can also go across the street from Angels Flight to Grand Central Market and get the same service as Phillipes, for half the price. Also saw dust on the floors where the tables are etc. And you can choose the food you like from many many little concessions. Many of them take Credit cards too. Cash is optional. Hmmmmm.
The Station master also told me that Metrolink is now using all its tracks for TWO trains, as in track 7A and track 7B. They have twice as many trains per day than any other RR at LAUS. Also they are in the process of building as a minimum two more tracks and most probably four. LAUS is growing bigger.