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Has anyone eaten at the Original Tommy's Hamburgers , in Los Angeles?
Memory! ^

Posted on 02/19/2012 3:22:10 PM PST by narses

Lent approaches, time to remember and indulge!


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To: Mark

I also recommend Burrito King on the corner of Sunset & Alvarado.


51 posted on 02/19/2012 5:13:48 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: narses

My husband grew up eating food from this particular Tommy’s. There’s a Tommy’s in Simi Valley on Madera Rd., and DH said it’s the “real deal” — not one of the phony joints with a “Tommy’s” name slapped on it. My fave was a tamale in a paper container, slathered with chili and cheese. We moved away in 2010, and I do miss Tommy’s!


52 posted on 02/19/2012 5:16:07 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: dsrtsage

I always went late at night.


53 posted on 02/19/2012 5:17:23 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: narses

Being SO CAL GAL HELL YEAH


54 posted on 02/19/2012 5:17:40 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: dsrtsage; narses; OregonRancher
Back in the late '60s when I attended USC, 2 a.m. would find lots of SC and UCLA students there chowing down, since it was sorta midway between. It was crowded because there was only the one line--they added the eastern kitchen later.

I took my 70-year-old grandmother and 82-year-old great uncle, and they both loved it!

Ol' Tommy used to hire ex-cons. Quite an atmosphere.

55 posted on 02/19/2012 5:24:25 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: narses

The original, Beverly and Rampart. 2AM. Sigh.....

Yep, me too. Sigh........


56 posted on 02/19/2012 5:41:10 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: narses

Many, many, many times while a student at UCLA. There was a “Son of Tommy’s” right down the street from my apartment, but nothing ever matched the Original Tommy’s.


57 posted on 02/19/2012 5:42:59 PM PST by Mrs.Liberty (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot.)
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To: narses

I now live in rural Oklahoma. It is impossible for me to adequately describe to anyone from my new environs the special ambiance in the original Tommy’s tiny parking lot around 3 AM on a Friday or Saturday night. Holding the burger over the little wooden shelves (I assume they are still there, but I have not been there since about 2000).

Ah, gooooooood times. For those who don’t know, the Rampart area is not a particularly good one. And the later it gets the more interesting it gets. I would open the moon roof on my 1984 Toyota Celica, crank up the mariachi music, and no one ever tried to mess with my white-girl a**!
The hardest part was getting home before the chili kicked in......


58 posted on 02/19/2012 5:50:09 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: SkyDancer

YES and they are still great! I remember having one right after seeing the Exorcist—many moons ago. The chili is outstanding.


59 posted on 02/19/2012 6:05:09 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: narses

So Tommy didn’t have to always eat his own food he used to meet us a couple of times a month for breakfast at Astros at Glendale and Rowena


60 posted on 02/19/2012 6:08:42 PM PST by dalereed
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To: narses
I've eaten there many times, but not recently. I usually have to settle for the Tommy's in La Habra or Rowland Heights.

During the football season, on evenings following USC home games, the Tommy's in Rowland Heights is usually packed with Trojan fans wearing Cardinal and Gold, even though it's about 25 miles from the Coliseum.

61 posted on 02/19/2012 6:11:26 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I tried making my own at home. Close but not the same. Maybe if I eat it outside at 2am. Hmmm, well maybe.


62 posted on 02/19/2012 6:16:49 PM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: NakedRampage
Green Hills Irish Bakery is in Dorchester on Adams St. But I can attest that a good night of drinking could start in Southie, swing through Somerville, and end up in Dorchester.

And yes, the food at the Green Hill Bakery is great.

63 posted on 02/19/2012 6:29:26 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: narses
Didn't there used to be one in San Clemente?
I could swear I ate at a Tommy's there when I worked at SONGS in the early 1980's.
64 posted on 02/19/2012 6:35:11 PM PST by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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65 posted on 02/19/2012 6:41:51 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Worked in the area in the early ‘70s. Problem was getting served and back to work in an hour. Long lines!


66 posted on 02/19/2012 6:50:57 PM PST by choirboy
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“And this is why too many folks in the U.S. are so gawd dang fat/obese.”

Lack of exorcise maybe? I would miss fat people. They are
so easy to make fun of. Besides, if someone wants to be
fat, that’s their business.

“This is not funny. It is an ugly tragedy.” A great reason
to put federal food monitors in all schools and a fat tax
of 1000.00 a pond for anyone over their optimal weight
which would be set by Kathleen Sebelius.

Makes me want a Whataburger meal #2 w/cheese, onionrings
and a Coke. Life is 9000 calories a day and sitting on ones
a$$.


67 posted on 02/19/2012 7:02:39 PM PST by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: choirboy

LA is rapidly fading from my memory, but I can vaguely recall working downtown and having to hike half a block out of the building, two blocks to the parking garage, get into my car, go somewhere and stand in line to get food, do all the above in reverse, all in an hour.

There are some things I miss about LA. That’s not one of them. One of the first things I learned when I moved to Oklahoma, was that you can park right in front of things. Really. RIGHT in front. As in park, step out of car, and walk ten feet to door. It’s been nine years, and I’m still not completely used to that.

Of course, in LA’s defense, it’s not anywhere near as interesting when you get there. LOL!


68 posted on 02/19/2012 7:04:19 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: narses
When I was a teenager, my friends and I would hit Tommy's a couple times a week. Triple chili cheese, rare, extra chili. Yeah, baby!
69 posted on 02/19/2012 7:09:36 PM PST by Vigilant1 (The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.)
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To: narses

I’ve been to the original, but I grew up a Valley kid so the one on Roscoe near the 405 across from the Budweiser factory was the place for me and my pals. Wednesday or Saturday nights, after cruising Van Nuys and downing a case of beer, it was a mandatory stop. I always went for the chili dogs, but eventually I figured I was just there for the chili anyway, so I graduated to the chili boat (just a bowl of chili with all the fixin’s on top).
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Now that I live in Arizona, I make it a point to hit Tommy’s when we go back to visit the fambly. The good news is that Tommy’s is gradually moving south and west. They have them as far south as San Diego, and as far west as Barstow and Las Vegas. I figure they’ll eventually make it to Phoenix (just like In ‘n Out did) and I’ll never have to go back to California at all. :)


70 posted on 02/19/2012 7:30:20 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: fidelis

Same here... Van Nuys Blvd. and then on to Tommy’s across from the brewery. White Castle and Bob’s Big Boy on VN Blvd. while cruising. Those were some good times :-)


71 posted on 02/19/2012 8:51:44 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: narses
I've only been going there for about 40 years or so. When I worked the midnight shift in downtown L.A. we went there for a “Breakfast” Double Chili Cheese Burger when we got off work.

They are open 24/7/365. Even though there are other Tommy's locations, the food tastes better at the original IMHO.

72 posted on 02/19/2012 9:01:34 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: RightField
If I'm not mistaken, I think there was one on Estrella, West of the 5 Fwy.

The closest one now is on El Toro next to Big 5. Tommy's switched from Pepsi products to Coke products. They must have gotten an offer they couldn't refuse.

73 posted on 02/19/2012 9:13:23 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: narses

Heading to the Tommy’s in Santa Clarita right now.


74 posted on 02/19/2012 9:19:52 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: narses

Heading to the Tommy’s in Santa Clarita right now.


75 posted on 02/19/2012 9:21:32 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Is that you, Michelle?


76 posted on 02/20/2012 6:08:15 AM PST by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Remember the honor system on the soft drinks that were unlabeled? Plus the absence of napkins. All you got was
sheets of slippery paper to whip up all the chile and grease.


77 posted on 02/20/2012 7:25:11 AM PST by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: OregonRancher
I well remember both! But my recollection was that the lack of napkins was due to a temporary paper shortage.

You had to be tough to eat at Tommy's!

78 posted on 02/20/2012 12:16:59 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Nope. In the early 60’s, they put out boxes of the wrapping paper for you to use. Same paper that wrapped the burger.
Plus, he had a deal for unlabeled soft drinks and the bottles
were just plain glass. A separate cooler for each flavor
of drink. Spartan and scrumptious.


79 posted on 02/20/2012 2:40:23 PM PST by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: narses

Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded!


80 posted on 02/20/2012 2:44:39 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: OregonRancher

Thanks. I think I made my first Tommy’s run as an SC freshman in late ‘66—by then he might have had napkins, but maybe not. I do remember the paper shortage later, though, when the napkins disappeared. And I well recall the separate coolers. It was a manly place!


81 posted on 02/20/2012 5:55:14 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Fellow Spartan, class of ‘64, well versed in Tommy’s and the
32nd street walk a mart right off frat row. I still marvel
that I made it through all that shit. Tommy’s was the great
escape when we didn’t know cholesterol existed.

I took my wife there a few year ago on one of our trips. Imagine maneuvering a 42’ diesel pusher motor home on those
streets. We double parked on Rampart a half a block away and
got lunch.... we still laugh about it.


82 posted on 02/21/2012 5:54:37 PM PST by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: OregonRancher
Fellow Spartan

Huh?

83 posted on 02/22/2012 2:02:39 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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