Venturing outside of your own neighborhood can be a scary thing. Especially in LA where it’s easy to become siloed in your part of town where everything is familiar and you have your favorite spots. But sometimes it is SUPER worth it to travel a little bit outside your comfort zone because you find things like Top Round Roast Beef.
Top Round serves 1/3 lb of thin sliced slow-roasted beef (over 12-hours) on a butter toasted bun. I got the Beef & Cheese which is the classic roast beef sandwich with their house made cheese “wizz” and “round sauce” (a house BBQ sauce). . The beef is juicy and flavorful, and not piled on too high, which can sometimes make a sandwich experience too messy. The bread is soft, buttery and hearty; the round sauce is tangy and sweet which goes perfectly with the creamy cheese wizz (which ends up being the MVP of this sandwich). You can also opt to make any sandwich “beefier” for a dollar more (which I did), and you get a little extra meat, and it is totally worth it because this might be the best roast beef sandwich I’ve ever had. Seriously, this ain’t no Arby’s
I ordered the curly fries, but I will definitely go back and try the gravy fries or “Dirty” fries which has provel cheese and grilled onions. It might be obvious, but this place is not that vegetarian friendly. Even their fries are fried in 100% beef fat – which is kind of amazing news for non-vegetarians.
And if that all wasn’t enough, Top Round serves frozen custard to wash it all down. If you’re like me, then you might have thought that frozen custard is some kind of cold pudding. It is, thankfully, much more delicious than that. Basically, frozen custard is ice cream except with egg yolks added in addition to cream and sugar, making it extra rich. Top Round give you many options with their frozen custard: you can make it a sundae, shake or malt, or you can get one of their signature combinations which includes the “Elvis” (Bananas, Salted Peanuts, Fudge) and the “Turtle” (Caramel, Praline Pecans and Brownie Bites). I went with the Banana Cream Pie which was frozen custard, bananas, Nilla wafers, fudge and whipped cream.
Pro-tip: you can order the custards as a sundae and they will put all the ingredients on top like a normal sundae. But I would highly recommend getting it “concrete” style where they mix all of the ingredients together. It makes it so you get an even distribution of toppings in every bite. Also, the added bonus is that if your combo includes fudge, they will sub it out for brownie bites automatically in “concrete” style, since fudge makes the custard too watery once it gets mixed. Free brownie bites!
Next time I’m coming back for the Horse and Hole Sandwich (topped with provel cheese, horseradish cream and mushrooms), some gravy fries and I’m going to try their Lamill Coffee Shake.
This place was seriously impressive. It’s affordable (about $7 a sandwich), has plenty of options to choose from (I didn’t even mention the hot dogs!), and perfectly executes a simple classic food in a delicious way. It’s pretty much the tops.
Top Round Roast Beef
1000 S. La Brea Avenue (at the corner of Olympic and La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA 90019