Original Tommy’s

We have Tom’s burgers, Tommy Jr’s, and then there is the Original Tommy’s, home to L.A.’s most familiar and still greatest chili dog—topped with onions, pickles, tomatoes, and an indelicate native brown sauce that trumps traditional French cooking. The original Original, however, is the Tommy’s that has stood sentry since 1946 at the crossroads of Rampart and Beverly boulevards, where cops, suits, fly girls, gangsters, Sinaloan crooners, and gear heads all jockey for position in a chili-stained parking lot.