5 Best French Dip Sandwiches

Savory and dipable, this might be the best lunch out there. And here are 417-land's best.

From fancy and fine-dining to classic andcasual, we have sniffed out the five tastiest French dip sandwiches in 417-land. One is piled mile-high, and another is served at a restaurant that puts its own spin on the classic sandwich. Next time you are in the mood to play with your food, check out one of these spots and get your French dip fix.

1. Jimm’s Steakhouse and Pub

1935 S. Glenstone, Springfield, 417-886-5466, jimmssteakhouseandpub.com
Jimm’s has the largest French dip sandwich I have ever seen. It reminds me of the deli sandwiches you get in NYC. The deliciously thin slices of slow-roasted prime rib are stacked so high that you have to give the sandwich a good mash down before each bite. The sandwich is topped with melted provolone cheese and a horseradish mayo that adds a spicy kick at the end. The au jus was really tasty, but the prime rib was juicy enough that I didn’t even need to use it.

2. McSalty’s

2627 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-887-2589, mcsaltysmenu.com
Every Thursday, McSalty’s runs the French dip as a special, so you know it has to be good. In this sandwich, hot, tasty beef is served on a toasted wheat roll with a choice of provolone, Swiss, cheddar or pepper jack cheese. The provolone is best since it has a mild flavor and the beef can really stand out. The au jus is a perfect complement to this sandwich—it helps the roll soften up, but still allows for a nice crunch of the crispy bread with each bite.

3. Hebrews Coffee

1604 E. Republic Rd. Springfield, 417-883-6200, hebrewscoffeespringfield.com
I was amazed when I took my first bite of this French dip. The warm baked bread was light and fluffy, and instead of provolone or Swiss cheese, Hebrews opts for mozzarella, which melts well. Once you mix the warm roast beef with the mozzarella and bake it, each bite becomes a warm and chewy piece of heaven. It gets even better when you dip a handful of the sandwich into the steaming au jus, because the bread acts like a sponge and soaks up the beefy flavor. 

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4. Houlihan’s

2431 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-862-7777; 2110 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-883-3434, houlihans.com
I think the shaved roast beef in this sandwich got a nice meat bath in the au jus before it was slathered on Houlihan’s torpedo roll. It made each bite super-moist and juicy to the point where the juices trickle down your fingers every time you pick it up. The provolone was melted onto the bread instead of just being placed on top of the roast beef, which added a nice chewiness to the sandwich. Even with all the juices, the bread stayed crispy around the edges and soft in the middle, just like it should be.

5. Argentina Steakhouse

1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-8010, theargentinasteakhouse.com
This is not your typical French dip, but that’s not to say variety is a bad thing. Instead of a bunch of slices of beef, you get a nice thin slab of grilled rib eye steak served on the spot’s crispy homemade bread. They top it with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions and seasoned mayonnaise. The au jus has a concentrated beef flavor, and because of excellent marbling in the rib eye, it is very tender and flavorful. It’s a perfect option for a sandwich with beef as the main feature.

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