2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9005734.069359 -118.276482
Neighborhoods: Westlake, Central LA
Just like Pink's, Tommy's has its detractors, but Angelenos of all ethnicities have been bonding over chili dogs at the Original Tommy's for decades. They're open 24 hours.
The Best Los Angeles Burger – Been to some of the other Tommy's and their ok if you don't have the time, but there's nothing like the taste at the original, something about the grill. Even when they close the shack for cleaning and you have to eat at the one across the parking lot, I don't know it just doesn't have the same flavor. Thank God that their open 24 7, for some reason it's one of those flavors that tastes great in the middle of the night. The biggest challenge is to only go once every so often.
Greasiest Best Burgers and Chili Fries – Best greasy foods you should have at least once a year. Maybe too greasy. While eating it, it's the best. Forget about the next day. Best Chili Fries.
Best Munchie Food – O.K. It's 2:30 AM and you're hungry. Not just a little hungry. A LOT hungry, and not for just a quick fast-food burger (how boring). A little spice and maybe just a bit of a drive. Hummmm. Yummmm!!!! Tommy's is it! The "fastest burger in the West" should (and perhaps IS their motto). No inside seating, but plenty of wall space - and napkins. It ain't dainty, Bud. But, ohhhh is it delicious. Every mouth-watering bite has a huge helping of burger, chili and cheese and, of course, a thick slice of tomato. It is a taste sensation that has been imitated, but never duplicated. I've lived 2,000 miles away from this place now for 27 years. But just seeing it again brings me back to those many late night cravings for a sloppy, delicious chili 'n cheese-burger that fills you up and makes you glad you took the drive to downtown L.A.
Best Hamburger Anywhere on the planet – I've been going to Tommys since the '60's. The first time I was introduced to this place, my brother in law took me there. We were in ths A/C service business at the time and we reveled in the fact that we could pretty much eat where we wanted. I was so impressed with the taste and quality (and price) of the meal that I made it a habit to go there whenever I was working in the L.A. area. I've made it a point to take my wife there as well as Howards on Venice Bl. and Sepulveda, and Johnnies Pastrami on Sepulveda Blvd. Just around the corner and finally, The Original Pantry at 9th and Figueroa. Gems all. Until you've experience these places, you haven't been to L.A. For a exellent meal for cheap you have to try "Pinks" in the valley. They really lay on the vittles. I've never been able to finish the "Hobo Omellete". Another place that I remember as a kid in the fifties is, "The Saucy Dog" in Venice. Not there anymore (too bad) It too was great.
Just an old guy Reminiscing. (By the was, now they have a Tommys in Riverside. Saw it yesterday just off Alessandro and Mission View Parkway.)
Best hamburger anywhere, anytime, anyplace...get it! – Since 67 for me; the little shack on the corner hummed like a top...yes people around the block. They had to add one in the back part but everyone preferred to wait in line and visit under the stars. The huge piece of tomato (where did they find such huge ones?); the secret sloppy joe ingredient, the size of the burger and the price (you could also have a tamale as a change of pace). The speed was what fascinated me, second only to the taste. The"showcase" guy (there were two) was a blur as he reached up and then down, made a few more movements and there you were-the line moved. He had pride and never-got- tired energy. You felt energized. What a thing of beauty! God bless you buddy because I can't remember your name but I do remember you also had time for a few pleasantries? Thanks. I never have found such a place in my travels, anywhere. Funny, but the only place that gave it a run for its money was The Original Pantry, if its still around; and it was just a few miles away downtown. My wife raves about her Coney Island and its steel Horse Rides and Nathans but I'll
put Tommy's up against any of those places. It wasn't just an eatery but a "Happening".
IF YOU DON'T SEE THE SHACK TAKE IT BACK – I've been going to the original TOMMY"S since the 60s I grow up in that neighborhood when they only served Chili Burgers, Hot Dogs, Tamales and Chips (NO FRIES) and the sodas came in a 12oz glass bottle. Many places have tried to copy them but none are even close. you can go to TOMMY"S in Huntinton Park, Whiitier, Santa Monice or in Van Nuys but the flavor is allways better on Beverly it must be the cooks in the same shack sweating and salting the burgers naturaly (JUST KINDDING) what ever it is thier doing it right. Go there after a Dodger game and take your family and friends you won't ever be disappointed and say HI to the Chino at the cash register.
BEST HAMBURGER IN SOUTHERN CALI – When I was a teenager the place to go after a party was Tommy's for their delicious hamburgers and fries. As an adult I still go once a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Did I mention that they have the best breakfast sandwich in the world? I'll admit that their food is not healthy but once a week doesn't hurt. When family comes in from out of town I make sure they visit Tommy's.
To die for! – We live in Arizona, but have been eating chili cheeseburgers from Tommy's for 30 years. Every year when we vacation in San Diego, we set aside a day to drive to LA just to have Tommy's. This year we are on Weight Watchers and we obtained the nutritional info on-line to determine how many "points" it would cost to have a burger. We were able to do it and it was worth every single POINT. Our teenager had a triple burger and was considering another one . . .but we changed his mind. Everyone needs to experience Tommy's just once in their life. And it won't be the last time, I can assure you.
Always send me ONE! – Oh God. When I talk about L.A. I can't stop talking about Tommy's Burgers and how good they are. Even when I know people from El Salvador who went to L.A. and to Tommy's, everyone 's agree with me that is an obligation to go and eat a Super Extra Mega Delicious Tommy's burger. When I arrive to L.A., I go directly from the airport to Tommy's, at anytime. When I come back to El Salvador, always bring 2 or 3 with me...and if someone comes to Central America, bring at least one of'em and contact me. I'll pay double the price for one... I just love 'em.
Cheap, chili-drenched burgers have sated L.A.'s hungry masses for more than 50 years. – The Scene
The original Original Tommy's is a far cry from the sanitized, white-tile chain it spawned. The kitchen is a shack, the dining room is a parking lot, and Angelenos couldn't be happier. At any hour of the day or night, expect to find folks from all walks of life wiping their satisfied mugs with paper towels from dispensers located every two feet along the outdoor stand-up counter.
When Mom cooks, the extra ingredient is love. When Tommy's cooks, the secret's in the chili. Give in to your inner glutton and enjoy a meaty burger smothered in the orange, gloppy stuff. The medium-thick beef patty oozing chili con carne, cheddar cheese and mustard redeems itself with diced raw onion, dill pickles and a thick-cut slice of beefsteak tomato. Perfectly plumped all-beef dogs, hefty tamales and chunky golden fries are absolutely delicious when coated with the industrial-strength chili.
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