Merry Christmas! And taking the opportunity to also say Happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa!
Couple weeks back I happened to be in L.A. again and decided to drop by the Original Tommy's on
Beverly & Rampart for old times sake. I haven't been to this location since the late 90's, early 2000
maybe, my go-to during the days I lived up there being the one in Eagle Rock.
to see not a whole lot had changed. Busy as ever where the griddle
seemed to always have been completely crowded with sizzling burger
patties no matter how late you visited (this location is 24hrs).
also remember when soft drinks sold were the standard 12oz cans that
you'd grab from those sliding-top coolers. Was sort of based on a trust
system where after
you pay for you meal, you walked over to one and get your drink.
Well, Five Guys
may be better on the East Coast, but a Tommy's is definitely better when had in
L.A. The chili, though rich, tastes not as heavy (my guess due to the high turnaround). The tomatoes are usually cut more substantially (this day was smaller) but is there along with
the pickles, hiding underneath all that smooth textured chili.
Of course the other special significance to this particular location is that it was none other than where the creator of MOS Burger, Mr. Sakurada had gotten inspiration to start his own burger empire in Japan. Thinking the chili was probably too heavy for the Japanese market, he
came up with his own lighter version with a hint of miso as a
hidden kakushiaji ingredient.
a friend visiting for the Holidays so a quick post for tonight. We're planning
on a road trip but haven't decided where at the moment and playing it
by ear. If this happens to be my last post of 2012, see you all in 2013!!