Like comic books and inventing polio vaccines, fast food became popular in the 1950s. Dine as if the U.S. population were still 151,684,000 with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers, sandwiches, and more at The Original Tops in Pasadena.
The Original Tops meets diners' and drive-thru motorists' demands with sandwiches and made-to-order meals that use fresh ingredients. These speedy sizzlesmiths have perfected the art of quick, casual dining to form a palate-pleasing menu of classic bread-bookended bites. Foodologists compile a variety of savory species from the genus Burger, including the hickory-smoked bacon cheeseburger ($4.49), the Kobe bistro burger with smoked mozzarella and herb mayonnaise ($6.99), and the Tops special, a quarter-pound ground round buried under layers of pastrami, mustard, and american cheese ($6.19). While all burgers are made from ground Angus chuck, patty preservationists elect to entertain appetites with traditional polish sausages ($3.99), rib-eye sandwiches ($8.29), or the Famous Pastrami, hand-carved and marinated in house-made au jus ($7.19), a favorite since the restaurant's opening in 1952.
- The first bite sings—the flavors of the vegetables mix with the juicy meat to match the balance of this burger's good looks. – Damon Gambuto, Serious Eats
- Delicious patty melt, amazing burgers, good fries, good food. I have tried tons of stuff on their menu, but my favorite is the patty melt. – Dustin M., Yelp
3838 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91107Get Directions