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Top Round Roast Beef

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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  1. 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

      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

        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.

      2. 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

          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

            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

              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. 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

                How busy was the place? Where they slammed?

                1. re: engie

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

                2. 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

                    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/

                  2. 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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                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

                                  How does it compare to Ted Drew's?

                                  1. re: ozhead

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

                                    1. re: Ogawak

                                      I had lunch there yesterday with my daughter, who went to college in St.L and stayed there for 3 years after that -- not really "someone from St. Louis," but an old St. Louis hand. And, more to the point, a Ted Drews aficionado. When we ordered our sandwiches I asked her whether we should order custard as well, since she had tried some on a previous visit. She made a face and advised strongly against.

                                    2. re: ozhead

                                      pretty sure they only have vanilla which is not a plus.

                                      it's good.

                                      but the frozen custard on the pier at pier burger to me is richer and better, and chocolate!

                                    3. re: Ogawak

                                      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

                                        Was there tonight and the custard machine was fixed.

                                          1. re: Ogawak

                                            "...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

                                              I do too.

                                              Shwarenegger needs to open another restaurant.

                                              Called "I'll Be Back"

                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  I did.

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

                            2. "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.

                              1. 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

                                  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

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

                                    1. re: chrishei

                                      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

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

                                        1. re: chrishei

                                          damn, they killed Bee's Donute Shop ?

                                          I'm about to cry.

                                        2. re: kevin

                                          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. 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

                                      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: linus

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

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                trojans don't like to go downtown?

                                                1. re: PeterCC


                                                  i'm stumped here.

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

                                                  1. re: kevin

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

                                                    1. re: PeterCC

                                                      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

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

                                                  1. re: JAB

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

                                                    1. re: PeterCC

                                                      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

                                                        LOL ask TonyC about his food porn...

                                                        1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            "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

                                                              Thanks. Tony.

                                                              Now I get it.

                                                              And that fit my food porn requirements for the day.

                                                              1. re: TonyC

                                                                What kind of a curtain is made of beef ?

                                                                A delicious one.

                                                          2. re: kevin

                                                            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

                                                              I think I got where you are going with this.

                                                              Sounds great to me.

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      Roast beef drenched in cream sauce. Nothing better.

                                                3. re: TonyC

                                                  I'm always down for some slutty beef.

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

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                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: PeterCC

                                                      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

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

                                                  3. 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. 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

                                                        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.


                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: PaulF

                                                            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


                                                              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

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

                                                                1. re: PaulF

                                                                  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

                                                            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

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

                                                              1. re: Servorg

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

                                                                You think you can bike there ?

                                                              2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

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

                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

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

                                                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                    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 ?

                                                            2. 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

                                                                It should be a shoe-in for Westwood.

                                                              2. 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. 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: kevin

                                                                      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.

                                                                  1. 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?