All the Tommy's Hamburgers in the World

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by brfinley, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. brfinley

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    When you are adventure riding in the trackless wastelands of LA, you will find these food caches scattered throughout the basin called "Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers". And amazingly, they will still be warm. Mark these down. It could save your life. On the other hand, the chiliburgers might kill you if you are not used to this sort of thing.

    The original shack at Rampart & Beverly ("Los Angeles" in the GPX file) is the place to go.

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  2. mikeyb

    mikeyb Just some guy

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    I'm surprised that there are only 29.
    The Rampart & Beverly location was a favorite late nite trip for me and my friends in college to see all the interesting people (and vehicles) who hung out there.
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  3. Donkey Hotey

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    Jeebus man, no kidding. I spent 10 years a mile from the Roscoe & 405 location and ate at the Rampart Tomain's two or three Christmas's in a row (it was something fun to do on Christmas night--and it was the only location open on xmas).

    Then they put the new one up here in Palmdale and I started eating there again. I'm 41 now but I have to tell ya'--nothing--nothing else makes me feel sicker than a Tomain's triple-cheese.

    OMG, I ate there three times and every time I got these weird flu-like symptoms. I'm not talking about throwing up or anything like that. It was strange, achy-muscles, want-to-go-to-sleep-for-a-week symptoms that usually lasted 12-24 hours.

    I miss the tradition of going there at 2:00 AM and getting a triple-cheese, no-onions and feasting on that huge slice of tomato or the heap of pickles and mustard, but I just can't do it anymore. :cry
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  4. Ursa Major

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    You too, huh? The Rampart/Beverly Tommy's was one of our standard altered state munchy stops in high school, and I know I was there on a Christmas or two as well. Round about 1 AM, when the punk clubs got out (late 70s/early 80s), you got the strangest mix of spiked green hair, people in suits, cops from Rampart Division and lowriders all munching away side by side on the wooden rails, getting their grape sodas from the big coolers. That's the real LA that the tourists never see..
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    :thumb Yup, exactly! Those were the days before they had fries and Rampart didn't have a soda fountain: Hostess fruit pies, potato chips and canned sodas in the coolers. I didn't know you were a Tomain's connoisseur too Dave.

    Damn, a Hostess apple pie dipped in the surplus chili and cheese was the best :drif

    Despite knowing what it would do to me tomorrow, I'm tempted to go over to the Palmdale store right now...must...resist...must-not-ruin-Sunday...:puke2
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  6. brfinley

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    You have struck a nerve there....the vagus nerve (which serves the upper GI) to be exact. I am 53 now, and I know exactly what you are talking about. A chiliburger in general is a young person's food. Built as Tommy's does with raw onion, etc. it is a gut bomb extreme. Fortunately it is now a 361 mile ride to the nearest Tommy's, so most of the time I can just bask in the memories of balmy late December nights on Rampart Blvd. with exotic crowds.

    However, it is occasionally worth it. For safety, this is the method:
    1. Premedicate. Drink lots of water just before arrival for dilution, and eat at least two Tums Ultra.
    2. Bring at least one rider who understands the problem. Share your burger with one or two other people. Make it an appetizer, then move on to some safer location for a nice steaming bowl of oatmeal with nonfat milk (for example).
    3. Hold the raw onion. For most people, that is the major component of gastric distress. The big oriental grill boss/customer disciplinarian is now retired. He won't be giving you grief for burger modifications.
    4. Bring a good attitude. Some forms of pleasure come at a cost.
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    Ahh...but this was not about gastric distress, indigestion or anything like that. It was an all-over achy feeling. I could feel and smell the grease coming out of my pores. It made me very tired and no amount of rest would make it go away. And I never got mine with onions anyway.

    I can eat a whole can of chilli with a handful of cheese on top and never feel a thing except for terrible breath. No, something else was amiss in how my body processed a Tommy's cheeseburger. I was only kidding with the barfing smiley. It never did that to me though it could sometimes accelerate the call for a bathroom :lol3. Indigestion is very very rare thing for me despite eating Mexican for just about every meal.

    But then again, I do hear what you're saying. I'm about to head out of the house and a triple-cheese really sounds good right now :cry

    I always wondered if there was a fun way to string together as many of them as possible as an organized ride--and eat a single-cheese at each one. Is it possible to eat that many cheeseburgers in one day? Given the Tommy's 'download timer' you might be able to do it though the challenge might be to get to the next one before the download begins. :lol3
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  8. Ursa Major

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    :huh

    Interesting concept - the authentic two-day GI tract armageddon of a real pub crawl, without the risk of a DUI. You wouldn't happen to be an engineer, would you? :deal
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    :photog :rofl:lol3
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    Sure.... Tommy's-Hollywood..........Portland.........Tommy's-Santa Monica...........Dallas.............Tommy's-Los Angeles.............Detox clinic in Pureto Villarta....etc. That should space them out enough to allow some survivors.
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  11. Magus

    Magus Never grew up...

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    This thread is too funny! I stubled across it and as a former USC grad student (many moons ago) who made many a death run to Tommy's, I swear I still taste that bile everytime I burp even now! :rofl
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    I just realized - I don't think I've ever been to Tommy's in daylight (and rarely before midnight); for all I know the place is run by vampires...
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  13. Donkey Hotey

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    Okay since a few of us are bumping this thread and in the interest of promoting it, how many locations have you visited?

    This is the complete list. I've highlighted the locations where I've poisoned my body. Man, there's a bunch I've missed:
    • Barstow
    • Burbank
    • Canoga Park
    • Chino
    • Corona
    • Eagle Rock
    • El Monte
    • Fountain Valley
    • Hollywood
    • Huntington Park
    • La Habra
    • Long Beach
    • Los Angeles (the original)
    • Monrovia
    • North Hills
    • Norwalk
    • North Hollywood
    • Palmdale
    • Pasadena
    • Pico Rivera
    • Riverside
    • Rowland Heights
    • San Diego
    • Santa Monica
    • Simi Valley
    • Tujunga
    • Universal Citywalk
    • Valencia
    • Van Nuys
    • Westminster
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    I've been to the one in LA many times, and I think I've been to the one in Eagle Rock and at least to one of the Valley locations. I'm staying in Pasadena for the next few days, if I get drunk while I'm here I'll get a burger at that one in honor of the thread..:D

    ...though it's hard to pass up In n' Out, my new favorite drunk food, with locations in Pasadena and Arcadia..:cry
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    I never thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. "Let's fatten them up a little more, iGore."
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    I think that you have to have been raised on Tommy's to appreciate their signature burger. I married a valley girl and everytime we visit she drags me to the one in Canoga Park. I manage somehow but can't help feeling that those burgers would go down better with beer.
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    I can remember going as a kid when all they had was burgers and can of soda. If you asked for something to be removed from the burger you were normally told to pick it off....






    Good times.....










    Good times.....
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    That much grease coursing through your arteries is bound to make you a little ill. Puts me in nap mode in a hurry.
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    My college roomate was a cancer survivor. He was from Van Nuys and I from Merced (over the grapevine). He ended up with another bout of the bad shit and talked of Tommy's fondly. We ate at the Van Nuys (I think, whatever was near the Bud brewery; I'm not a So cal guy) place many times in the year and a half I ran around with him.

    Andy died at Christmas of 87 and I kept a few memories of him.

    One of which was Tommy's!
    So I dragged my wife and kids down to LA (what we call the area from the grapevive to mexico) in the winter of 2003 specifically to eat at three places: Tommy's where Andy and I ate, The original Tommy's (only because it was the original, and neither of us had ever been near there) and Philipe the Original, the originator of the French dip sandwich, near Central Station.

    We also hit the tar pits and the Peterson Automotive Museum, but it was the Tommy's connection that was the best.

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  20. Donkey Hotey

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    :dg Holy cow, it's Christmas freakin' eve, I'm hungry and they just played a Tommy's ad on TV. Now I'm wondering if the Palmdale store is still open. Man, that thing will kill me if I do it. :cry
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