Tops has been at this location since the late 70's, and I used to go here all the time when I used to live in the area. Seeing how I was back in LA for a visit, I had to make the trip!
Walking in brought back all of the great memories of friends, fun and most of all...the food! Although it had been redecorated it still looked, felt and most importantly smelled the same with the charbroiler grill going full tilt when we walked up to the counter. Ordered 2 Tops specials, small fries and small onion rings. Now, I like to eat, but if you order both, just order smalls unless you have a 14 year old 300lb lineman with you, you won't be able to eat 2 larges. So yes, this place gives generous portions.
Found a table, sat down and waited about 15 minutes, it was the end of the lunch rush so it was still pretty busy and the drive thru line out to the street (sometimes it goes down the street!) Well, my anticipation was rewarded! Their Tops special which is a 1/4 lb cheeseburger topped (excuse the pun!) with generous slabs of pastrami and accompanied with tomato, onion, pickles and a splash of mustard. I am writing this after I returned home and wish I could go get another right now.
The onion rings are made fresh and hand battered, their fries are unique and delicious. The drinks are refillable and it was all so good I went back the next day again for lunch before I moved on with my trip.
In and Out gets all the press, and I love them, but this is my favorite!