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Top Round Roast Beef

trojans Jun 16, 2013 02:21 PM

Stopped at the new fast food retro upscale roast beef sandwich place Top Round Roast Beef today. They are officially open tomorrow but had a soft opening today. We got the Beef on Weck, the beef with wiz and the horse and hole which had provel, mushrooms and horseradish sauce. The sandwiches were all very tasty and worthy of future trips. The family sampled the frozen custard which was also noteworthy.



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    BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 09:39 AM

    Yeah, pretty good.

    But you need to go light on that horseradish cream.

    Also, the Beef on Weck is a little odd. Just get it plain with extra beef and putt your own horseradish cream and round sauce on it to say $.20. Seems petty, but, why pay them $.20 when you'll have to put your own round sauce on anyway?

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      Thor123 Feb 10, 2014 12:25 PM

      Tried is Saturday. Very good. Went with the regular and toped it with horseradish and Round BBQ sauce. Really tasty. Great concept. Like Arby's only good.

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      1. re: Thor123
        kevin Feb 10, 2014 12:54 PM


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          bringiton Feb 24, 2014 09:26 AM

          Went there on Saturday for the first time. I had the sandwich with their version of cheese wiz and red sauce (their housemade BBQ sauce). I got extra meat. Unfortunately, I didn't care for it. The meat was pretty tasteless.

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        Dirtywextraolives Sep 9, 2013 01:07 PM

        Tried them for an early lunch, they open at 11 and I was there at 11:20. Only two people ahead of me, place was not crowded at all, when I left at about 11:45.

        Had the beef and cheese, their standard sandwich. Felt the beef was tender with no gristle or fat on it. It comes with their sauce, like a BBQ w Worcestershire. It did not seem under seasoned to me, with the sauce & cheese, had enough flavor. When I got to the middle where less sauce & cheese were, the horseradish sauce went perfectly with it. Curly fries were thin and crispy, not greasy nor did they get soggy toward the end, I could not finish the portion, it was very generous.

        Definitely a return visit, with my kids even, will be made. Parking ws easy, they have a small lot with maybe eight to ten spots, but there were also metered spots on the street.

        1. wienermobile Sep 8, 2013 01:50 PM

          Finally made it and I liked it. Had the Horse & Hole with provelcheese, horseradish and mushrooms. Beef was nice, hot and tender. Very good but next time I will pay the $1.95 for extra beef. Very busy on Saturday night at 7pm and everyone was having custard shakes. Heard they might be coming to Westwood.

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          1. re: wienermobile
            kevin Sep 9, 2013 12:46 PM

            It should be a shoe-in for Westwood.

          2. Mr Taster Jul 31, 2013 12:41 PM

            Anyone here from Boston who would care to compare and contrast this sandwich with Kelley's at Revere Beach?

            Oh, to have their clam chowder...


            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster
              Dommy Jul 31, 2013 01:29 PM

              Good question... I would say they are very similar but different... Kelly's is a gut bomb. Quite satisfying as a whole. Definately crave worthy... Top Round's beef is sliced thinner. Is more tender. I totally agree with those who mentioned it could use some seasoning, but honestly, I still loved it for how each ingredient came together and was special. Especially with the addition of that AMAZING horsey sauce... If you see someone filling a water bottle with that stuff... it'll me.


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                PaulF Jul 31, 2013 01:53 PM

                This place would be on my route to the Hollywood Bowl from Culver City tonight.

                At about 7, do you think I could get in and out really fast to make it to the show on time? And would the food hold up -- considering I have to fight traffic to the Bowl, park the car and then walk to my seats. It would be at least 30 minutes from the time I was handed my take out to the time I sat down at the Bowl to eat.

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                  Dommy Jul 31, 2013 02:40 PM

                  LOL! The on our last two 'picnic' centric events (Rosebowl and Dodgers), I SO wanted Top Round...

                  The truth is though, I've never been during dinner time, so I'm not sure if they get crazy at around that time. Although the sandwiches do come out fast, I would perhaps try to call in my order...


                  1. re: Dommy
                    PaulF Jul 31, 2013 06:21 PM


                    We've decided to just buy some food at the Bowl, which we never do.

                    We have more tickets this summer, so maybe we'll give it a shot next time around.

                    (One of my concerns is the sandwiches getting cold/the fries getting cold and soggy -- so we'll check it out under less time sensitive circumstances.)

                    1. re: PaulF
                      kevin Jul 31, 2013 06:56 PM

                      I think that would be better for your first run of the place.

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                        Dommy Jul 31, 2013 08:41 PM

                        Honestly, I would buy sandwiches made at Ralphs before eating the concessions at Dodgers and the Rose Bowl...

                        But the sandwiches come nicely wrapped and actually don't taste that bad at room temp. The fries though, I would skip those entirely... even if dining in. I've been prone to getting a salad at Grocerie at Foodink and the sandwich at Top Round to go.

                        Hope you enjoyed the show!


                2. re: Mr Taster
                  Mattapoisett in LA Jul 31, 2013 01:29 PM

                  I would have to do a more recent comparison but I prefer Top Round to the Kelly's I've had. [once in Revere Beach and once in the Natick Location.]

                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                    Servorg Jul 31, 2013 01:32 PM

                    Thank God. That's going to make my commute one hell of a lot easier...

                    1. re: Servorg
                      kevin Jul 31, 2013 03:23 PM

                      I'm surprised you haven't tried it yet ?

                      You think you can bike there ?

                    2. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                      Mr Taster Jul 31, 2013 03:30 PM

                      Thanks to you & Dommy for chiming in. Looking forward to giving it a shot.

                      Mr Taster

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                        Mattapoisett in LA Jul 31, 2013 04:34 PM

                        Excellent. I can't wait to hear you thoughts.

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                          kevin Jul 31, 2013 05:27 PM

                          i'm gonna hit it up to, but my reason is for the Frozen Custard, which is even better than the beef on weck swandwiches,r ight ????


                          and is it in the tiny lot that used to be a donut shop ?

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                    locanda Jul 31, 2013 03:19 AM

                    I tried a Black & Blue, probably not my best option. The beef is attractive and tender, no gristle, easy chewing, but extremely bland, so IMHO your choice of sauce is all that's going to make it appetizing. The blue cheese was creamy, but not with any bite that I'm accustomed to. I was surprised how little flavor there was to the carmelized onions. Plain curly fries were soggy and not interesting, nor worth finishing. The custard is good.

                    1. PeterCC Jul 9, 2013 10:07 AM

                      How busy is this place on a weekday lunch and how hard is parking?

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                      1. re: PeterCC
                        chrishei Jul 9, 2013 10:16 AM

                        Went around 2pm last Tuesday. Full parking lot, but there were some street parking spots right out front. Restaurant was fairly full, but there wasn't a line to order, and food only took a few minutes.

                        1. re: chrishei
                          PeterCC Jul 9, 2013 10:22 AM

                          I'd be traveling farther than you to get there, so just trying to figure out if it's worth it to try on a work day.

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                            chrishei Jul 9, 2013 10:33 AM

                            It's ~4 miles away from me, so probably double that distance for you. Not sure if you'd want to do it on a work day, unless you're really bored. Feel free to drop off some at my work if you go :)

                        2. re: PeterCC
                          brutusln Jul 23, 2013 01:54 PM

                          Today parking was available at lunch until about 1:10 PM when it filled up and the line started forming.

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                          LAKingman Jul 8, 2013 10:11 PM

                          Love the place. Been there twice. I like the plain roast beef with an order of the dirty fries , and then i proceed to top the sandwich with some ofthe gravy, provel, and camelized onion from the fries. Love the Pistachio shakes, and the frozen custard on the whole is off the hook. my fave combination so far is the small frozen custard with cherries and chocolate sauce added to make a concrete. I like the soda machine with100 different soda flavors. the condiments bar remind me of Arbys with their own verions of Round sauce = arbys sauce Horseradish cream =Horsey sauce. Well worth stopping by before this becomes the "IT" place that becomes a celebrity haunt or impossible to get into with huge lines. To me the Dirty Fries are a meal in itself, about equal to ordering InAnOut fries Animal style

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                          1. re: LAKingman
                            TonyC Jul 9, 2013 09:07 AM

                            This is the most ingenious way to eat the Top Round so far, and the clear winner.

                            None of the top round combinations are as good as what you've created, the "dirty beef", or, slutty beef.

                            1. re: TonyC
                              linus Jul 9, 2013 03:52 PM

                              also good for slutty beef:

                              1. re: linus
                                TonyC Jul 9, 2013 11:21 PM

                                I do have to admit the way the meat looked, peeking out in between the buns, reminded me a bit of tasty beef curtains.

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                                  trojans Jul 10, 2013 09:30 AM

                                  Wrong! Just wrong!

                                  1. re: trojans
                                    kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:41 AM

                                    What"s so wrong ?

                                    1. re: kevin
                                      PeterCC Jul 10, 2013 09:46 AM

                                      trojans don't like to go downtown?

                                      1. re: PeterCC
                                        kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:48 AM


                                        i'm stumped here.

                                        besides i'm not a usc'er, more of an smc-er.

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          PeterCC Jul 10, 2013 09:49 AM

                                          TonyC was saying he thinks the meat looks like a certain part of the female anatomy, and I don't mean the elbow...

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                                            kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:51 AM

                                            I see.

                                            seriously ?

                                            i must get their then on the double and take a quick pic, or peak.

                                            too bad it will have to wait till the weekend.

                                            once again, this was in the Bee's donut's spot on LaBrea and Olympic.

                                            also, which particular sandwich looks like that ?

                                            thanks for clearing it up.

                                      2. re: kevin
                                        JAB Jul 10, 2013 09:48 AM

                                        Someone draw Kevin a map or, post a pic.... LOL!

                                        1. re: JAB
                                          PeterCC Jul 10, 2013 09:51 AM

                                          No pics, don't want to get banned. :-)

                                          1. re: PeterCC
                                            kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:52 AM

                                            i can't take a pic of the sandwich.

                                            but which sandwich would i need to order that would look like the delicious goods ????

                                            thanks again pete.

                                            1. re: kevin
                                              PeterCC Jul 10, 2013 09:53 AM

                                              LOL ask TonyC about his food porn...

                                              1. re: PeterCC
                                                kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                Tony, what's the exact sandwich to order at Top Round to get the proverbial goods ?

                                                1. re: kevin
                                                  TonyC Jul 10, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                  "exact sandwich"? depends how you like your beef curtains? If you don't like it filled with cream, get the beef and cheese, since I feel the weck is just too pungent and the beef itself a bit bland.

                                                  anywho, the attached is a "photo" of the bbq one yanked from yelp. flip the photo 90deg CCW (in your mind), and crop out the bread; voila.

                                                  1. re: TonyC
                                                    kevin Jul 10, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                    Thanks. Tony.

                                                    Now I get it.

                                                    And that fit my food porn requirements for the day.

                                                    1. re: TonyC
                                                      kevin Jul 10, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                      What kind of a curtain is made of beef ?

                                                      A delicious one.

                                                2. re: kevin
                                                  Servorg Jul 10, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                  You'll need to squint a bit...get your nose right down near the edge of the sandwich and think of... er, never mind.

                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                    kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                    I think I got where you are going with this.

                                                    Sounds great to me.

                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                      PeterCC Jul 10, 2013 09:56 AM


                                                      1. re: PeterCC
                                                        Servorg Jul 10, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                        That's grate stuff!

                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                          kevin Jul 10, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                          I love horseradish.

                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                            A5 KOBE Jul 10, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                            Roast beef drenched in cream sauce. Nothing better.

                                      3. re: TonyC
                                        Jase Jul 9, 2013 10:22 PM

                                        I'm always down for some slutty beef.

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                                      chrishei Jul 2, 2013 08:40 PM

                                      Went today. Ordered the beef on weck, dirty fries, and a turtle concrete. The roast beef itself was well-cooked, but slightly underseasoned. Regardless of seasoning, the horseradish would've overshadowed it - it was intense! Cleared my sinus, and then some. I think it's a bit too overpowering, but the sandwich as a whole was promising. Dirty fries were tasty, but the meat in the toppings was a bit dry, and the fries got soggy in the car going back to the office (but that's my fault). The frozen concrete was pretty damn amazing - simple, but extremely effective. Do note that the prices do NOT includ any toppings - those are 50 cents each (what TonyC said earlier). But at least my cup was full. Will have to try the curly fries as is next time, as well as the other sandwich variations.

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                                      1. re: chrishei
                                        Servorg Jul 3, 2013 06:47 AM

                                        This looks like a place that is well designed for franchising or multiple outlets like In & Out. Hope I can get over here to try it one of these days.

                                        1. re: Servorg
                                          chrishei Jul 3, 2013 09:07 AM

                                          I think that's the idea. They're definitely in position to do so in the future with this concept.

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                                            kevin Jul 3, 2013 10:05 AM

                                            Someone mentioned that it is in an old Ship's location or rather where ship's resided near the corner of Olympic and LaCienega, is that correct ?

                                            1. re: kevin
                                              chrishei Jul 3, 2013 10:09 AM

                                              It's on the SE corner of Olympic and La Brea, where that donut shop used to be.

                                              1. re: chrishei
                                                kevin Jul 3, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                damn, they killed Bee's Donute Shop ?

                                                I'm about to cry.

                                              2. re: kevin
                                                Servorg Jul 3, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                It's on the SE corner of Olympic and La Brea, which was one of the Ship's locations IIRC? Hmmm, you are right, kevin. I think the Ship's was on La Cienega and Olympic.

                                        2. TonyC Jun 24, 2013 03:59 PM

                                          "It is seriously like Arby's but much better in every aspect."


                                          one sandwich is about perfect for (my) lunch portion. the beef itself is a touch bland, but with a bit of whiz and horseradish, it's tasty.

                                          cept the custard's prices are a bit insane. a small "concrete" of their "turtle" (3 toppings) rang up almost $5 ($2.95 + $0.50/item + tax) and doesn't reach anywhere near the cup lip.

                                          bottom line: get sandwich to go, pair it with beer at home.

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                                            JosephEBacon Jun 23, 2013 06:53 PM

                                            I'm very impressed! I went on Saturday right when they opened at 11 AM, got the Beef on Weck and the fries. It reminds me of how Arby's started 45 years ago (when it was originally "R.B.'s") and you actually saw the beef being roasted in front of you. I definitely will be back

                                            TIP--Get there right when it opens because the crowd really hit by 1130!

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                                            1. re: JosephEBacon
                                              nosh Jun 23, 2013 07:11 PM

                                              I haven't been yet -- maybe this week. Gotta think there are some connections with my native St. Louis, not only the frozen custard "concretes" but also the provel cheese.

                                              For me, part of the attraction are the very reasonable prices. Roast beef sandwiches mostly in the mid-$5 range. Frozen custard starts at $2.95.

                                              1. re: nosh
                                                Ogawak Jun 25, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                Nosh, I hope this link works, because it's an article from the St. Louis Dispatch about Top Round and Anthony Carron's St. Louis roots.


                                                1. re: Ogawak
                                                  nosh Jun 26, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                  Hey, Ogawak, thanks for the link. Surprised I missed it -- I peruse the restaurant section of the online stltoday pretty religiously. Interesting write-up.

                                                  Getting clued in to stuff like this is one of the reasons I value being part of the CH community.


                                                  1. re: nosh
                                                    Ogawak Jun 26, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                    Glad to help. I've never had Ted Drewes frozen custard. Are we really missing something special? I think the best I've had is Nielsen's in Las Vegas as well as Luv-It. Locally I like PIer Burger and Stricklands, although Pier Burger ships theirs in from Wisconsin.

                                                    I hope Top Round's frozen custard measures up.

                                                    1. re: Ogawak
                                                      nosh Jun 27, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                      Ted Drewe's is a vanilla soft-serve custard, with a huge selection of toppings or mix-ins for sundaes or concretes. The place is more than the sum -- long lines that go quickly with families and high-school kids and Cards fans, great staff which is friendly and fast-moving. The anticipation adds to the fun, "Let's go to Ted Drewe's!"

                                                      1. re: nosh
                                                        kesili888 Jun 27, 2013 10:49 PM

                                                        Will have to try this place out, always on the lookout for places that remind me of Lion's Choice and Ted Drewes. Lickety Split in Bev Center did not come close to STL frozen custard. Last time I was back I had to do Lion's Choice and Steak and Shake runs rather than Imo's.

                                                        Nosh, where did you go to high school? (inside joke)

                                                        1. re: kesili888
                                                          nosh Jun 28, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                          Ladue '73 -- you?

                                                          Imo's? Really? Haven't you found better St. Louis-style pizza? Growing up we liked a long-gone little place called Nino's in a stripmall on Olive. Later on, it was Frank & Helen's, though my dad liked a place on Olive just east of the old Flotken's supermarket called Via's. Now I like Cafe Manhattan on Hanley in Clayton. Imo's will do in a pinch, they deliver, always relatively close, and they advertise some good specials during Cards telecasts

                                                          1. re: nosh
                                                            kesili888 Jun 28, 2013 11:51 PM

                                                            SLUH 86, although I lived close to you in Creve Coeur. No, I don't like Imo's but all my friends have to get it when in town. I go for the other STL food treats. I remember Nino's and Via's, liked Farotto's and Two Nice Guys, and this one place in North County that was awesome. Used to work at Talayna's across from Wash U. Haven't lived there in 25 years and only return sporadically so don't know any places nowl

                                                            1. re: kesili888
                                                              nosh Jul 2, 2013 06:55 PM

                                                              Talayna's made a good pizza. Back when I was in HS, rumor had it that Talyna's had a bordello upstairs and if you flashed someone a $50 they'd take you up there. I'm not sure many actually believed it...

                                                              Click my screenname and dash me an email...

                                                      2. re: Ogawak
                                                        Ogawak Jan 9, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                        Finally got to Top Round last month but forgot to report. Enjoyed the roast beef sandwiches, but especially liked the frozen custard.

                                                        I actually like the custard better than even Strickland's and the Pier Burger. It was the smoothest tasting custard I've had here in LA.

                                                        1. re: Ogawak
                                                          ozhead Feb 13, 2014 12:23 AM

                                                          How does it compare to Ted Drew's?

                                                          1. re: ozhead
                                                            Ogawak Feb 19, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                            You would have to ask someone from St Louis, like Nosh or kesili

                                                          2. re: Ogawak
                                                            Ogawak Feb 18, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                            Went back to Top Round this past weekend as we were running errands around there. Disappointment that they didn't have their frozen custard. What I didn't know was that they actually make their custard on site, different from just about any other place in the LA area that serves custard shipped from out0of-state (Pier Burger, Bruxie)

                                                            The reason they didn't have custard this week was because their machine was in need of repair. This is why their custard is better than any other custard place here. They make it fresh.

                                                            When their machine is repaired, I'll be back.

                                                            By the way, I think the best way to get your roast beef is to get the basic, add the 1/3 extra, and dress it yourself with horse radish.

                                                            1. re: Ogawak
                                                              wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 10:12 PM

                                                              Was there tonight and the custard machine was fixed.

                                                              1. re: wienermobile
                                                                Ogawak Feb 19, 2014 06:13 AM

                                                                thx, I'll be back.

                                                                1. re: Ogawak
                                                                  Servorg Feb 19, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                  "...I'll be back."

                                                                  Why, when I read that phrase from anyone, no matter who, do I hear it in my mind with Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent/character saying it in the Terminator?

                                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                                    kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                    I do too.

                                                                    Shwarenegger needs to open another restaurant.

                                                                    Called "I'll Be Back"

                                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                                      wienermobile Feb 19, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                                      Kevin, Did you ever taste the food at Planet Hollywood?

                                                                      1. re: wienermobile
                                                                        kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                        I did.

                                                                        And even my non-hound friends at the time and me thought it was pretty damn terrible for crissakes.

                                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                                          Ogawak Feb 19, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                          But his Schotzis wasn't half bad

                                                  2. A5 KOBE Jun 22, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                    OK, I went for lunch at around 12:30 and it was packed. Parking was a bit tight but not impossible, at least from my visit. Got the beef on weck and I actually thought it was pretty good. Beef is tender and high quality, and the atomic horseradish is sinus clearing. The salt on the bun added a nice saltiness to the sandwich. I bombed it with the complimentary horseradish cream sauce which was really good. I also got the gravy fries and they were a gut bomb. Literally burping it up all day. But very good, want to try the cheese fries next. It is like a better Arby's. They also have frozen custard which I want to try as well so maybe split a gravy fries to save room for it. All in all, I would definitely go back if I was in the area. Really liked how tender the beef was but the au jus was literally absent. It was apparent in the gravy fries though.

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                                                    1. re: A5 KOBE
                                                      Feed_me Jun 22, 2013 11:11 PM

                                                      You hounds are quick. I just saw the place yesterday heading up La Brea to see some musician friends play up the street. It's across the street from where the El Chato truck parks (La Brea/ Olympic). Both seemed fairly busy; not super busy, but pretty busy. I hope to check it out at a less busy time. They do have a website. http://eattopround.com/

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                                                      engie Jun 17, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                      Stopped at Top Round today (opening day) - I don't know, hate to slam the place because they’re new, and maybe they need some time to iron out the kinks.

                                                      Anyway here goes. I ordered the plain on butter-toasted bun with provel cheese, au jus, and caramelized onions. I can't say the butter-toasted bun was, in fact, either buttered or toasted. The au jus was M.I.A.. The provel was semi-cold and unmelted. The roast beef was a little over cooked for my taste, and lastly, to end on an up note the caramelized onions were great.

                                                      I love both Animal and Son of a Gun, so I'm a little dumbfounded by my experience today. I'll go back because I think these guys have all the right stuff to do a great job with one of my favorite sandwiches. Maybe I'll wait a month or so, and go back.

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                                                      1. re: engie
                                                        RacerX Jun 17, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                        How busy was the place? Where they slammed?

                                                        1. re: engie
                                                          wienermobile Jun 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                          This place has nothing to do with Animal or Son of A Gun. Chef is from 800 degrees.

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                                                          nosh Jun 16, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                          Tell more about the frozen custard. Soft-serve?

                                                          Wonder if this place has St. Louis connections. Ted Drewe's is the place to be on hot summer nights after Cards games, and they do "concretes." There is also a roast beef sandwich minichain there called Lion's Choice that dates back almost 50 years.

                                                          There was a SoCal frozen custard place that made a go of it about a decade back called Lickety Split. Started in El Segundo, had a place at the Beverly Center, I think. Then opened up at Universal Citywalk. RIP.

                                                          Best frozen custard I've had in recent years is at Pier Burger on the Santa Monica pier. They do concretes. But a true hassle to walk there or avoid $8 parking fees -- really ups the price of a dessert treat.

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                                                          1. re: nosh
                                                            wienermobile Jun 16, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                            No connections to Ted Drewe's, Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees is behind the throwback menu of regionally inspired roast beef sandwiches and frozen custard desserts, along with former XIV chef Steven Fretz. Noah Ellis of Red Medicine is on the management side (from LA Eater).

                                                            1. re: nosh
                                                              trojans Jun 16, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                              The custard was scooped by hand. They had the option of design your own custard dessert, shake or you could make your own float using that new fangled touch screen coke machine.

                                                              1. re: nosh
                                                                kevin Jul 1, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                I also agree with your sentiments on the frozen custard at the santa monica pier. It's the best that I have ever had in the LA area.

                                                              2. wienermobile Jun 16, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                How big are the sandwiches? Are they generous with the beef? Is one enough to fill you up? I see they charge $1.75 for extra beef, is that recommended? Is it worth a trip from the westside? So many questions, so little time. Thanks

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                                                                1. re: wienermobile
                                                                  trojans Jun 16, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                  The sandwiches I would guess have about 4oz of sliced beef in them. Paired with an order of the dirty fries and I think you'll want to walk it off. And yes, I would drive to try it, however, if you wait long enough I'm sure one will open near you.

                                                                  1. re: wienermobile
                                                                    A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                    The sandwiches are not big at all. I could easy kill two of them and maybe share a dessert with someone. But man are those gravy fries filling and heavy. That alone could give the Oki Dog a run for its money, well maybe not. But it is pretty heavy.

                                                                    Also, I think it is worth the trip if you are in the area and want a good roast beef sandwich. I mean, it is not as good as the french dip and Houston's but for the price, it is pretty darn good especially drowned in the horseradish cream sauce. It is seriously like Arby's but much better in every aspect.

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