mmm-yoso!!!, a long running blog about food; it's what you are reading. Cathy is writing today because Kirk is resting and relaxing.
Driving around the Southern California Counties, we've seen a number of restaurants with the signage of 'Tom's Burgers' and finally decided to stop. This location in Escondido on 5th Avenue, is #23. Upon some investigation, I found out the real restaurant name is 'Tom's Famous Family Restaurant", the first restaurant opened in 1962 in Los Angeles and there are 19 eat in locations and four express locations. Tom's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (breakfast all day).
The menu is fairly extensive, with some options unique to each restaurant, White Board Specials and various posters on the windows showing deals and Happy Hour prices. You order, pay, grab some condiments and the food is brought out to you- on ceramic plates (the only disposable items were the napkins, paper wrappings and fountain drink/milkshake containers). When we were here, only two vehicles used the Drive Thru and I only saw three people order and take food 'To Go". Every seat inside the restaurant was taken; families having meals on a Saturday afternoon.
The Classic Cheeseburger ($4.69) at first looked dwarfed by the bun, which was in reality very light and fluffy, toasted and had the usual accompaniments (lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and homemade thousand island). The burgers here are char grilled and have the flavor that I crave. This 1/4 pound cheeseburger was a good choice for our friend.
I wanted to try the 50/50 burger ($4.99). 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef. This was 'juicer' than the Classic burger, but, because of the char grill, the bacon flavor was not distinctive. Still, I enjoyed the (quite large) patty (it seemed larger than the 1/4 pound cheeseburger patty).
One of the window specials was a Texas Bacon Cheeseburger combo ($7.99). This had such a meld of flavors and was quite large...the amount of fries was tremendous...steak fry cut, light and fluffy interior with a crispy exterior, sprinkled with a seasoned salt.
Since this was our first visit and we didn't know how much we were ordering, the Tom's Sampler ($5.20) was a choice. More fries (we took home a lot) along with zucchini fries (more vegetable than crispy breading; good) and onion rings (really good; light and crispy breaded whole rings of sweet onion).
A lot of food for a small price. We will be back (or will stop at another location) to try breakfast items as well as dinner platters. When my craving for char-grilled burgers returns, it's good to know Tom's has a few San Diego County locations.
Tom's Famous Family Restaurant #23- 505 W 5th Ave Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 737-2377 Open Daily 6 a.m. Closes at 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 11 p.m. Fri and Sat Website