1792 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91107
verdict: it's aight
after a good hike in pasadena, i always come by tops to get some eats so pretty much making the workout a wash. i think in my mind, i feel i can eat back and eat badly...what a freakin' bad strategy that is!
tops is a run of the mill fast food burger joint for sure. their hamburger patties look like the frozen kind. you know, flat, thin, and grey looking in your burger. i know this because my momma use to make them for me. their burgers taste alright but you can definitely get better elsewhere. they also serve this crazy burger where you get a hamburger patty AND a stack of pastrami on top of it. goodness gracious. my friend ordered that once and i was amazed by how thick it was. i always order their fried zucchini. those are so good! it's coated in the same batter that covers their fried onion rings which makes a nice hard shell without an zucchini juice leakage. i would go back for some of those anytime. i also ordered their ice mocha coffee once. tasted like dirty water with a hint of a coffee smell. don't buy it ever. seriously.
so my verdict: go for the zucchini fries only. i think they give crazy portions which is probably one of their draws. otherwise, their food is meh and it doesn't make much sense to go there if what you really want is a good burger.
best zucchini fries EVER. trust me.