The Original Tops
3838 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
On the Web: www.theoriginaltops.com
Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday:
6:30 - 11 /
Friday & Saturday:
6:20 am - 12:00 am
The Original Tops
A Pasadena Institution since 1952 - the Original Tops, a fast casual restaurant and drive-thru, prides itself in using the freshest of ingredients, staying true to the philosophy of home made food at reasonable prices. Once an old school coffee shop, turned bustling walk-up window - the Original Tops was one of the first pioneers to create the fast casual concept of true American dining.
The Original Tops prides itself in offering customers the freshest of ingredients, making our items from scratch. We searched for the perfect Kennebec potatoes to make our French Fries daily, Prime USDA steak for our Rib Eye Steak Sandwich, and an all-natural turkey breast for our burgers. In addition, we also offer a wide selection of fresh salads, breakfast specialties, and latin favorites to savor with family and friends.
The Original Tops - not just an institution - but a dining tradition since 1952.
A wide variety of fresh
homemade food made to order
and prepared by friendly people.
Voted Best Burger, Fries & Fast Food
In 1952, TOPS began as a coffee shop in the Playhouse district of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
In 1960, the founder of TOPS saw an opportunity in the quick service industry. He then opened a small quick service restaurant in Alhambra, California. This restaurant was very small with only two windows (one for ordering and one for picking-up), and no indoor seating or drive-thru. Through hard work and long hours, the family business became successful.
In 1978, the founder opened the Colorado location in East Pasadena, which has since been known has the Original TOPS.
His philosophy was simple; give customers homemade food made from the highest quality ingredients and family-size portions to keep them coming back.