The ingredients are of the highest quality, including 100% beef patties and hot dogs, double-thick slices of real cheese, fresh chopped onions, hand-sliced beefsteak tomatoes, pickles, and mustard. All items are prepared to order , and extra portions of chili, mustard, onion, or tomato are offered at no extra charge; portions are extremely generous. As food costs are much higher than industry standards, the restaurants are profitable due only to the high volume of customer traffic.
Tommy's was founded in 1946 by Tom Koulax. The son of Greek immigrants, Tom engaged in various business ventures before founding the original stand at Beverly and Rampart Blvds. in Los Angeles. It took some time before the public discovered his small stand. However, the many long hours of hard work, and dedication toward quality and fast service finally paid off. By the mid 1950's, the little stand had gained a reputation like none other for the appetites of Los Angeles burger lovers.