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Aug 5, 2008 09:06 AM

Has Anyone Ever Eaten At Tom's Burgers?

I'm talking about the place at the corner of Sunset and Parkman/Silver Lake. I live nearby and have never eaten here, and have seen few souls enter or exit. I am asking in honor of the fact that they seem to have bought a new "2 Tacos for 99c" sign to replace the one that they liberated from a Jack in the Box.

So, is it totally gross, or can it fulfill a greasy burger craving?

While we're at it, how about "LA Chinese Food" across the street? Anyone ever eat there? Is it actually open?

Curious (maybe too curious) in Silver Lake...

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  1. Funny you should mention Tom's Burgers, I was on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village this morning driving by another Tom's Burger and wondering what it was like.
    All I know about the one on Sunset is about 4 years ago some guy was shot and killed in their parking lot in broad daylight....trying to get down Silverlake Blvd that day traffic was a mess.

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    1. re: monku

      That's funny I just noticed Tom's on Glendale Blvd. today as well. I think it has always been there ? but they just got a new awning or something it looks a bit more spiffed up..
      I remembered this post from Losanjealous on the chinese place (there is a link to a Tom's review in the article as well) awhile back..

      1. re: LaLa Eat

        Hilarious that LA Chinese Ore-Ida French fry story.
        Reminds me of this place Korner Grill on the corner of Fountain and Myra. Only thing I ever see anyone (mainly kids) walking out of there with is French fries. But, across the street from King Middle School.

        Makes you wonder how places like LA Chinese can stay in business.

    2. LA Chinese Food might be one of the most frightening looking places in Los Angeles.

      The fact that that place has survived the scrutiny of the Health Dept. is a feat onto itself.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I actually ate there a couple of years back after a coworker who grew up in the neighborhood swore that they had the best egg rolls ever. Well, they were. . .different. Thick and fat with a sort of indeterminate meat paste inside. Not awful, mind you, but not really good either.

        I also had the chow mein, not realizing that their version is goopy saucy topping over crispy noodles (from a bag, not fried there.) This was truly bad.

        You have to go in to at least look at the menu. If memory serves, nothing is over $5.00, except for a lobster dish, which is $15.

        I haven't had a craving to go back.

      2. i think it is quite possible, literally, that nobody has ever eaten at tom's burgers. i make a point to look in there every time i drive by. in 4 years...nobody.

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        1. re: ronsilverado

          it's a front for money laundering via designer band aid reproductions. transylvanian mafia.

        2. It's really truly totally awful. Avoid. Haven't tried the chinese place, but heard it was good for a certain divey kind of thing.

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          1. re: rednyellow

            thanks for all the replies and the link to the brave, brave person who dined at both. Between the murder, and the frozen fries at LA Chinese, I'm amply disturbed enough to (continue to) stay away from both.

            Now, on to the theories as to why they stay open while noooobody ever goes in... and nooobody ever comes out!

              1. re: MoreMolecules

                Googling "Tom's Burgers" to find the one on Glendale Avenue (which doesn't seem to exist in any search of any kind-I know its there I see it almost everyday) I ran across Tom's Burger at 320 S. Soto between 3rd & 4th Street and 2 reviewers raving about the place. Saying its been around since 1938 (Original Tommy's started in 1946). Wonder if all these other Tom's Burger were at one time spin offs of this place on Soto. I remember about 25+ years ago there was this big controversy about all these burger places using the name Tommy's and that's when they changed the name to "Original Tommy's" and some places I think changed their names to Tom's or spellings like "Tommies". I've remember seeing places called Tam's. There was even a place called "Ptomaine Tommy", once famous chili parlor in LA. Love that name.

                Maybe someone's been to this Tom's Burger on S. Soto ???

                Tom's Burger, 320 S. Soto, Los Angeles

                1. re: monku

                  I tried to find evidence of the one on Glendale as go...but yellow pages shows 29 different Tom's Burgers in LA with varying numbers and some Jr's.! 29! The other one's must be floating the one on Sunset!
                  Re Analulu- I wonder how many takers they get for the lobster!

                  1. re: LaLa Eat

                    OK....drove by today twice and now its called "Tommy's Charbroiled Burgers", but you're right they done some major face lifting on the outside. Maybe one day I'll have the courage to stop in.

              2. re: rednyellow

                I had breakfast at the burger place a few years back -- thought it was pretty bad. As I've ridden by on the bus, I've been curious about their "cactus plate" (various things with nopales -- don't know if they still have it) -- but so far, not curious enough to actually try it.

              3. I have eaten there.
                Tried breakfast and had their breakfast sandwich. An egg buried in mayonnaise with some heated tomato and lettuce on stale bread.
                For lunch some other day I had some sort of mystery meat burger.
                To put it in perspective, the guys doing the concrete work at my house had nothing but complaints about the place and they were REALLY hungry. The next day they were happy with MacDonalds.
                If you have a burger craving and need something nearby, Rick's on Riverside and Fletcher is a better option.

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                1. re: cls

                  Thanks my curiosity has been satisfied. Rally's or the food court at the Los Feliz Costco.

                  1. re: cls

                    has anyone tried the burger at the cafe next to the los feliz golf course? i have had pretty decent sandwiches there.

                    1. re: ronsilverado

                      I'm assuming the burger at EAT is the same burger they served at the Griffith Park Golf Course when they had the concession there and it was nothing to write home about.

                      1. re: monku

                        Folks, someone's not looking carefully; the mysterious "LA Chinese" hasn't "survived"; it's been closed and gone for several months now (I know, "How could you tell?") and the space appears to be in mid-remodel.

                        As to the story of "Tom's #X" the vast multitudes of them are mostly not actually owned by the same folks now, though originally there was one guy who was setting them up, and starting partnerships with would-be newowners, mostly Greek immigrants, and then, ultimately, selling his interest off to the new owner. There's "Tom's Burgers" with numbers, and variations on the name, throughout the LA basin, now.

                        r gould-saltman

                        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                          well, that's good news about LA Chinese... maybe it will turn into someplace yummy (and you know, not so scary to eat at).

                          1. re: MoreMolecules

                            Yes, there does seem to be plastic in the windows, but the mystery continues. I stopped in the pet store next door, also Chinese-owned, and when I inquired about changes at L.A. Chinese, the proprietor (same ownership as the restaurant? Not sure) snapped "No changes, no changes."
                            She did soften somewhat when I petted the cat, offering the opinion that grey cats have better temperaments.

                            1. re: Chowpatty

                              Who knew either of these places have been open in the last twenty years?

                        2. re: monku

                          The last time I checked (about a year ago), the place at the golf course was under new management and had changed from "EATZ" to "The Los Feliz Cafe." It still had decent breakfasts and a great view of the golf course, but when I was there, the service was considerably worse than when it was EATZ. But I've never had the burgers there.

                          1. re: emmy

                            Thought the name of the place was "EAT", the original sign is still out front and now I see the awning does say "Los Feliz Cafe".