Tommy's was pretty empty when we got there. In fact, I've never seen a Tommy's with so few customers. Now, this Pasadena location, near Walnut and Hill, is by far my least favorite of the half-dozen locations I have been to. (And nothing beats the original on Beverly and Rampart.) But it's still pretty damn good. We stood in front of the counter for a minute while I explained the options to Elizabeth. The guy working the counter stepped up and asked if we were ready to order.
"Just a second," I said. "This is her first Tommy's experience."
"Oh, okay," he said, and backed off, giving the proper amount of reverence to the occasion.
I ordered the #3 combo, my standard order, with extra pickles and extra mustard. Elizabeth ordered the #2 - a chili cheeseburger.
Our food was, not surprisingly, ready in only five minutes. The bun on my burger was a little stale, but other than that it was the same delicious burger I have enjoyed many, many times. (But again, there is no comparison between this Pasadena Tommy's and the older locations.) Elizabeth enjoyed her burger, too, although I could tell this wasn't going to replace Pie 'n Burger or Hutch's in our regular burger rotation. But she usually doesn't get chili burgers, and she liked this one, and is planning to get some chili cheese fries next time.
As usual, I did not order chili fries but rather ate my burger over the fries, which provided enough spillage to sufficiently top them.