This born-in-1952 fast-food institution has been spiffed up for a new era, with gleaming tile, shiny laminated tables and modern lighting. The care in the front of the house is also evident in the kitchen, which turns out large burgers with lots of crisp lettuce and good tomatoes; tasty turkey and veggie burgers; a full roster of breakfast dishes; sandwiches heaped with pastrami, turkey, roast beef or tuna; hand-cut fries; and generous Mexican classics (tostadas, burritos, tortilla soup). Quality fast food at a Pasadena landmark. Drive-through window, too.
3838 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.449.4412, theoriginaltops.com, American. B, L & D daily, to midnight Fri.-Sat. No booze. MC, V. $