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Business Description
Founded in 1946, Original Tommy's is a family-owned and operated chain of restaurants. The chain maintains several locations in Clark County in Nevada and Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California. Its restaurants feature a self-service format and specialize in hamburgers. The chain s restaurants serve a variety of hot dogs, sandwiches, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and french, cheese and chili fries. Its restaurants also offer coffee, potato chips and fountain drinks. Original Tommy's provides booking options for its Shack on Wheels service. In addition, some of the chain s restaurants are drive-thru and open 24 hours a day. Original Tommy's has served more than 50 million customers throughout Southern California.

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East LA, Greater Echo Park Elysian
Fast Food Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants
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Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Fast Food


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Often Imitated, Never the Same

I remember my first Tommy's burger as clearly as my first kiss (which thankfully, did not occur on the same day). I was 11, and my grandmother was at Good Samaritan Hospital. Out of frustration with the cafeteria - or maybe just to occupy my sister and me - my dad dragged us to the famous little stand on Beverly and ordered us up the messiest burgers I'd ever seen: laden with chili, onion, mustard and a big slice of beefsteak tomato. These were all foods and condiments I wasn't especially crazy about - but somehow, in that burger - they worked. Years later, Tommy's expanded to a chain, all with that messy combination of goodness. There have been imitators - but nothing compares with the original.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Crazy good, n old school

crazy place @ night. Food service is fast. Food is good. really good!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Chili Burgers..Hands Down.

Wow. A trip to Los Angeles would not be complete without trying this place!


Provided by Citysearch - 
The best Victory celebration meal ever

I eat here A LOT.

Put it this way...we go to Tommy's after every USC victory.

There's nothing better than a Tommy's burger after a game, spending time with our fellow Trojan Family. There's usually a pretty long line, but it's so worth it. It's under 5 bucks for a burger, fries, and a drink. Don't bother to get chili fries because you can always dip them in the chili from your burger.

Feeling drunk? Tommy's will help you sober up!

I once came here with a friend who had a stomach ache, and after Tommy's, she felt better! True story

The bottom line is, Tommy's is a Los Angeles staple. Forget pink's, Tommy's has the best chili in LA.


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love it

I have been coming here since I was a teenager. I stop by at least once a month to help ""last nite's"" hangover or as a pit stop after a long nite out. I get the chiliburger with a huge side of peppers. not the healthiest meal but so satisfying.


Dont Leave L.A.

without trying the Original Tommy

Experience. The double cheeseburger or tamale covered in

chili and beefsteak tomatoes and

onions are messy and irresistable.

A small hamburger stand with a

constant line day and night. Stand-

up eating room only. Get lots of

napkins and enjoy! L.A landmark.


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Great for your wallet and taste buds!

I think fasthorse is just on meds. Tommys is the best. It has been for years! I love everything on their menu. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chili-fritos, chili-fires. I cant belive fasthorse gave such a bad review. Obviously her and her husband arent used to eating good quality food if she is used to pouring hormels all over her burgers. Sounds like she should have paid attention in home economics. Tommys is not just a burger joint it is a landmark. Millions of other people have been satisfied and in love with their burgers for years. I would recommend their breakfast sandwich! it is only served until 11am. but it is to die for. IT is only like $2 dollars and you get a delicious heartattack on an english bun prepared by the chatty spanish speaking crew!

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