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Jun 16, 2013 02:21 PM

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.

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