Sunday, December 29, 2013
Roast Beef and Frozen Custard: Top Round
Top Round is a new roast beef sandwich/frozen custard spot on Olympic and La Brea. The sandwiches, which you order outside, are Arby's style roast beef sandwiches with various condiments and toppings, but none of them matter so much. What you should do is get one of the sandwiches with extra beef and then slather it with their horseradish sauce, which had an awesome kick to it.
Then get some curly fries. Fried in beef tallow, the fries come plain, or with one of a number of toppings: home made cheese whiz, beef ends and drippings or "dirty" with gravy, cheese and caramelized onions. All of these were great except for the beef ends and drippings, which needed a little something else (cheese?).
When you finish your sandwich and fries, go inside and order a frozen custard concrete (sort of a flurry-type concoction). The custard here is by far the best I've had in LA, smooth, rich and creamy with a clean vanilla taste. The toppings are nothing special, but getting the concrete whips up the custard to a great, smooth consistency. Usually when you see frozen custard in LA, it's soft serve. This is the real deal and the true highlight of this place. Sandwiches are good, custard is fabulous.
One of the owners of Top Round is Anthony Carron from 800 Degrees pizza. Carron is a St. Louis native, and this place definitely has a St. Louis feel (my wife's a St. Louisan and I lived there for a year). You can get provel cheese on your sandwich, which is a God forsaken processed cheese loved only by those who grew up in St. Louis. And the frozen custard is a clear homage to St. Louis' great Ted Drewe's Frozen Custard stand. But while St. Louis natives will undoubtedly love this place, so will everyone else.
Check it out!
Top Round Roast Beef
1000 South La Brea (SE corner of La Brea & Olympic - and there's a parking lot!)
Los Angeles, CA 90019