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Jun 27, 2012 07:21 AM


Which is the original and/or BEST Tommy's burger? I am sure there is a post on here but I cannot find it.

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  1. The first is still the best.... Beverly and Rampart...see history here: and here:

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    1. re: Servorg

      100% agree. The original is the best and don't forget your chili cheese fries after your Springsteen concert.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Definitely recommend the chili cheese fries as well and ask for extra chili:)

        1. re: mrshankly

          " well and ask for extra chili:)"

          I believe that's called "greasing the lily" (g)

          1. re: Servorg

            Ha!!!!! Thanks!!

            More like greasing the liver but I like lily better:)

            1. re: mrshankly

              "More like greasing the liver but I like lily better"

              Thus, we may have come up with the derivation of the phrase "lily livered" ;-D>

    2. I have been to a lot of different Tommy's and have not noticed a difference in any, I always ask for extra chili and onions on my double, no charge. What I have noticed is most now have taken away the hot yellow chili peppers and you have to ask for them, they give you just a few, the new Ventura location still has them out the last time I was there. The original location has a certain nostalgia to it.

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      1. re: malibumike

        I've been to several different Tommy's too and find the original is best. The other locations don't have the turnover of the original, so their food is not as hot and fresh.

      2. As Servorg said, the one on Rampart is the original.

        But for the true "original" experience you have to go after midnight, with a BAC of at least 0.08. 'natch.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          "But for the true "original" experience you have to go after midnight, with a BAC of at least 0.08. 'natch."

          Ha ha...I always thought it was a THC level above 100 ng/ml...

          1. re: ipsedixit

            And order from the stand that's at the outside corner of the lot, not the inside corner.

            1. re: Jase

              Oddly enough, the last time I was at the original location they were shutting down (I guess cleaning up the grill) at the outside location so they made the customers go to the inside location. This happened about 2 months ago around midnight. If any of you went there years ago the crowds were pretty good sized even late at night. Now not so much. I get a craving for either a double cheeseburger or the chili hotdog a couple of times a year.

          2. I grew up going to one out in the Valley near the old Busch Gardens and started going to Rampart and Beverly in college. Along the way, I have been to a few others and the original at Rampart and Beverly is the best.

            1. Thanks everyone! I will try the original. I grew up here and have never been to any of the locatins.

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              1. re: flowergirl

                I've only been in L.A. for 9 years and have only been to the Tommy's in Santa Monica. Can anyone explain what they mean by "best" and how/why the original is better? Ernie says above that the original gets more turnover so the items are fresher and hotter, so could I get the "best" from my local Tommy's by going right after a big crowd of people, when the food would I guess be cooked "fresher?

                1. re: PeterCC

                  I've been to various Tommy's around LA (The real ones, not Tomy's or Tommie's, etc.) Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Fountain Valley, Eagle Rock, and the Original. I think they are pretty much equal, but the late night atmosphere at the Original Tommy's on Rampart and Beverly is part of the LA scene. I get my occasional "Tommy's" fix at the Santa Monica location.

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    Could it be that the ambiance makes people think the food is better because I absolutely feel the food is better at the original. It seems more flavorful in some way. I always remember the food being very hot too, maybe because of the turnover. Memories are a very powerful influence.

                    1. re: SIMIHOUND

                      To me, the Original tastes so much better because of the turnover and other variables like experienced cooks and a well seasoned grill from years of burger making. But overall, I think that you hit the nail on the head, the turnover makes the chili that much better. The chili at other locations are like mud.

                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                        Exactly. Have also noticed the bread is softer and fresher at Beverly & Rampart compared to other locations

                        1. re: Ernie

                          No, it's because you're most likely hungover.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Tommy's breakfast sandwich in the morning hurts. Ouch!#!#

                              It should be illegal to serve any of there food before 11am.

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              No. If I am hungover, Tommy's is one of the last places I would want to go. I think you mean pre-hungover

                              1. re: Ernie

                                I wouldn't go to Tommy's unless I'm hungover.

                                Some folks go when they are drunk. But I need my faculties in working order when loitering around that area.

                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                            You are right. The chili at the original is not as thick as any other location I have been to. It defines the word messy. YUMMY!

                        2. re: PeterCC

                          The most significant factor IMHO is that the original Tommy's is really old and is piece of LA history. The newer locations look like any generic fast food restaurant and could be converted to a McDonalds or Carl's Junior in about 6 hours.