The Original Tops

The Original Tops

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Hours
Sun
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tue
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wed
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat
6:30 am - 12:00 am
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 有泊車位, Wheelchair Accessible, Drive Thru
Is this an American restaurant?
CUISINES
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 有泊車位, Wheelchair Accessible, Drive Thru
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles91 reviews
Excellent
53
Very good
29
Average
7
Poor
2
Terrible
0
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

NormKeith
Azusa1865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
Sticking to the quarantine we have not gone out to restaurants since March but finally ventured out to a couple of drive troughs including The Original Tops. This restaurant never fails. There is always good and friendly service and very good fast food. I was in the mood for their Garden Burger which I think is better than the rest. The burger is a very tasty burger on a special wheat bun loaded with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and a very special sauce. My wife had a BLT with a good amount of bacon, lettuce and tomato. Their BLT is also one of my favorites, again better than other places. We ate in the car for safety and enjoyed every bite.
Written 17 October 2020
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles4434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 none
There's another Tops a few miles west and a Tops Jr Alhambra that was affiliated decades ago and owned by the same family but not anymore. I asked the cashier which burger is the most popular? The Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger was her answer and that's what I ordered with a small chili cheese fries. Dropping my 16 bucks I received my order within a few minutes, now that's fast service. The burger was yummy and big and that small fries was huge, this could've easily been shared with another person but I ate it all LOL.
Written 3 December 2022
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warrenbruin
Tehachapi152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 solo
I came mainly for fries because it was National French Fry Day. The small was enough for 2-3 hungry people. They were fresh cut with a nice potato taste, but like In-N-Out, they became soggy quickly and that was unappealing. I also got some chili, but they only had a choice of a very large or very small container so I went with small and forgot to add onions and cheese (which probably wouldn’t have fit anyway). All in all I enjoyed the experience even though it was super hot in the dining room.
Written 13 July 2021
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kleigh
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
We have been going here for years. The people are great and during the Covid situation they have done everything to keep their patrons safe. Their burgers are fantastic but we love them for their breakfast burritos. Every Sunday for 15+ years. They have a full menu to choose from, we have never had anything we did not enjoy.
Written 6 October 2020
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Anthony I
Los Angeles45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
Tucked in a little corner in Pasadena, The Original Tops has been operating their business since 1952. The Pastrami’s are one of the best. I also tried the Tostada salad as well as the Zucchini fries which is unique. The portions are big. The place is a little small so they can fill up easily. Great food!
Written 30 April 2023
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson1499 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 none
Busy place at times. Burgers, meaty sandwiches, filling breakfasts, Mexican favorites. All this kind of food is here. And in big allotments. I did finish my chiliburger on site. But it took a while. I only could take a few bites of my onion rings. The rest traveled home with me. If you want something lighter, they do have salads. But only one soup that I could find. This is the original Tops; on Foothill, east side of Pasadena.
Written 31 January 2023
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LVJAKE
Las Vegas81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
First time experiencing Tops and this is a place to go instead of McNasty's. We ordered a variety of thing, onion rings, FF. Fried Zucchini, burgers, fish even breakfast. all of it was very good and at a very good price. I would like to see more tables or increase the seating distance between table and bench in the booths.
Written 3 January 2020
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BruinDan
Fullerton3168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
Located at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Merlon Avenue in a nondescript neighborhood on the east side of Pasadena, The Original Tops is a long-time local favorite. In fact, its slogan is “Not Just an Institution, But a Dining Tradition Since 1952.” NOTE that while they have a decent-sized parking lot, both the lot and the drive-thru can fill up during peak meal times; so opting for street parking along Merlon Avenue might get you in and out more quickly. When you get in line to order at the counter, you’ll be faced with a menu board of impressive proportions. You’ll find sections dedicated to breakfast, soups and salads, charbroiled burgers, “signature sandwiches,” “South of the Border Specials,” “family favorites,” “Tops dinner plates” and “signature sides.” We opted for some of their better-known menu items. I went for their pastrami sandwich, while my son ordered their signature Tops Special burger, which is topped with pastrami, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and sauce. One nice thing about Tops is that they cut their sandwiches in half, so we were able to share. The pastrami was stacked high with moist, tender pastrami on a nice roll. The Tops Special burger was simply amazing. We also shared a small order of fries, which was plenty large for two people. We left full and satisfied – we ate at Tops before attending a football game at the Rose Bowl, and were never tempted to purchase any of the overpriced concessions there. The service was efficient, the dining room was kept remarkably tidy given the amount of business, and the prices were very fair. There is a reason The Original Tops has been feeding hungry locals for over 60 years, and I would strongly recommend a visit.
Written 28 December 2019
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Melinchie T
San Gabriel44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 family
Their menu has a lot of variety from hamburger, sandwiches,burrito to salad. Everything are all delicious. Even the service was good. Excellent food and affordable. It’s good for family to eat forced breakfast , lunch and dinner . Staff are all nice
Written 8 October 2019
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Don & Carolyn S
15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
We went out of our way to go here was because of the raves about the pastrami sandwiches. The sandwich had lots of tasteless pastrami piled high. Two people tried it and agreed, it had no flavor, no zip, and no resemblance to any other pastrami we've tasted. The other sandwich was a burger. The best part was the fresh lettuce, the grilled bun, nice tomato and red onion slice. You got tired of eating it rather quickly because the meat was flat in taste and appearance. The only reason to go to this place is for good food. Not the case for us.
Written 19 August 2019
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Kim G
Pacific Grove3757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 family
Truly, this burger place is the "tops" for an outstanding, satisfying and filling burger. Offering much more than burgers, Tops is a caveman's delight, even if you are female. Great value and huge portions, be cautious not to order more than one order of fries or onion rings, unless you need to feed an army. One order will satisfy 3 or 4 adults. Take out is extremely popular!
Written 17 February 2019
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swimmedic
Los Angeles26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 friends
great family food, The burgers tasted great, a little messy but worth the finger licking. not a fan of the onion rings but the chili fries were great portion very large.
Written 7 November 2018
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2MARY9
Los Angeles96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 solo
I have been coming to Tops for over 30 years. It is clearly nested on Colorado Blvd. off the 210 Freeway offramp / onramp. This establishment is probably one of the best burger locations around. The service is quick and the burgers are very tasty. Don't forget to get some fries, too. Every time I have come here, I have always been pleased. So, if you are tired of sitting in gridlock traffic on the 210 Freeway, just get off on the Rosemead / Michillinda Blvd offramp and grab some food. You won't be sorry. Thanks. Hope this helps. See you there.
Written 6 October 2018
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Rod M
Bethlehem189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 friends
We stopped here for a quick late snack. Ordered the chili cheese fries, sweet potato fries and chicken taco. All were excellent. The chili cheese fries (small) was huge and could easily been shared by 2 people. The chicken taco was very flavorful.
Written 30 April 2018
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AlofRoseville
Roseville306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 couples
So surprised the food was good. We happened to run across this food stop by accident while driving through Pasadena late one night. The cashier recommended the taco and pastrami burger. Both were equally delicious. We would not hesitate to eat there again..
Written 1 April 2018
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