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The Nite On The Town Card is an exclusive membership card that enables the holder to dine at a dizzying variety of the San Gabriel Valley's most popular restaurants at a discounted price.

Simply include your card when paying your check. If you are a party of two, one of your entrees (equal or lower priced) will be free or substantially reduced in price. If there are four or more in your party, two of your entrees will be free or reduced in price and you can visit each restaurant up to three times during 2011 and get a great discount each time

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View the Tops Burger Menu

Restaurant: Tops Burger

Where: 1792 E. Walnut St., Pasadena

Phone: (626 584-0244

Reservations: No

Cocktails: No

Service: Fast food counter service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: Forgot to ask, but I do know thereís an ATM on the premises though Ė call if itís an issue

Kidís Menu: Kid friendly menu

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: No

Price Range: $2.49 - $7.49

Tops features indoor and outdoor dining

The SMALL order of fried zucchini

The SMALL order of fries

The corn dog

Avocado and tomato sandwich

Bacon cheeseburger

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by        


T is For Tops!!  Tops Burger, That Is!


By Bill Coburn


About a year ago, I wrote a review about T Burgers in Monrovia. T Brugers is owned by Jim Bicos, (pronounce the I like a long e) who is also the owner of the Tops Burgers on Walnut in Pasadena, which has been there for 19 years.  And that stand draws experience off another location, owned by another member of the family, but both drawn from the same founders.  The family tradition actually started way back in 1952, so even though T Burgers had been around less than half a year, I found, in my T Burgers review, service and food quality that has been more than fifty years in the making.  Todayís review is about the Tops Burgers on Walnut in Pasadena, Jimís ďolderĒ location.


The hallmark of both of Jimís restaurants is the consistency and the quality of the food.  My personal favorite is the chili-cheese burger (single or double, I order it plain or with onions, since all Tops Burgers come with Tops Homemade 1000 Island dressing, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions, which I personally can do without on a chili cheese burger, (just give me the meat, the cheese and the chili, and sometimes onions) and I have to say that over the years Iíve had dozens of them. 


Iíve also enjoyed the bacon cheeseburgers (single and double), the beef dip, and lately Iíve been ordering the Combination Burrito off their Mexican menu.  The Combination Burrito comes with ground beef, beans and Jack & cheddar cheese, and the size burrito you get is nearly overwhelming, many readers will be able to take half home for another meal.  The beef dip comes with lots of lean roast beef on a toasted French roll, with a side of au jus for dipping.


Katie regularly enjoys the pastrami dip, and thereís so much pastrami on this sandwich that frequently she ends up splitting it with Keelan, and both of them are full when they leave.  Thatís one of the things that my family generally has in common when we leave Tops or T Burgers, that feeling that the Coburn family describes as ďfood coma.Ē 


Part of the reason for that is the size of the portions.  The small order of fries is designed for two people.  The fried zucchini is designed for two people.  Tops Burgers cuts their French fries daily, and their onion rings and fried zucchini are homemade daily.  And frankly, while they say their side orders of these items are designed for two, the three of us combined have never finished an order of fries, or an order of onion rings, or an order of zucchini.  Thereís just so much food.  And frankly, Iím not a little guy, and I like to eat.  So bear that in mind when youíre ordering.


Iíve also found it interesting that I can bring up the name, and people throw out their favorite menu item.  Most people in the area that you talk to will be happy to talk about how good it is, and their favorite item.  Even tonight, I mentioned to a friend who owns his own restaurant that this week I was reviewing Tops, and his response was ďTops? Canít go wrong there.  Pastrami burger.Ē


This week, I tried (again) the bacon cheese burger, Katie had the Avocado Bacon Sandwich (with mayo, lettuce, and tomato), Keelan had a corn dog, and Katie and Keelan split the fried zucchini and I had a small order of fries.  Okay, I ordered the small order, I ate a lot less than that.  Itís just too big.


The burger was quite good.  The bacon was nice and crisp, not fatty (Katie said the same about her bacon on the sandwich).  Iím getting to a point these days where Iím preferring a half pound burger, (Iíve worked hard for this gut, and want to make sure it gets what it wants), but this burger was big enough for me.  Katie was impressed with how much avocado was on the sandwich, and suggested that readers might want to order it toasted, as the quantity of avocado was such that it wanted to squish right through her un-toasted bread. 


Also on the Tops menu, youíll find dinner plates, several sandwiches (including two types of Gyros), a varied Mexican menu, and breakfast, seven days a week.  Their breakfast menu includes 4 types of breakfast burritos, 4 different breakfast sandwiches, and 4 breakfast plates. 


The Tops (Walnut) menu is at, or their more extensive website at  Be sure and mention that you saw them at Dot Com Dining!!


Bill Coburn is owner of, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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