Tommy Jr., surely you jest


I was innocently reading about macrobiotic meals in the LA Times’ Food section today and my junk-food-loving-eyes diverted to the ad above. What!?

It all seemed like a joke. The chili goodness of Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers now comes in a box, excuse me, “brick” at my local grocery store? I love me some Tommy’s but I prefer to leave the job of making greasy food to the fast-food cook. Somehow that makes me feel better.

But wait! I did a little researching after noticing that – whoops – it’s actually Tommy Jr. According to the ad and their website, he is the son of the original Tommy’s owner Tom Koulax. A part of me wants to squint my eyes and say, “Suuuure, buddy,” since the original Tommy’s website makes absolutely no reference to the Tommy Jr. product. Not to mention the fact that there has been a number of imitators of this beloved Los Angeles eatery and this might be the packaged version. Of course, it could just be that the two businesses are independent of each other. Simple as that. Legal stuff aside, I’ll be getting my chili cheeseburger fix at Tommy Senior’s instead of Junior’s frozen version.

So brick, huh? I don’t know if a suggestion of what would happen to my arteries is such a great idea.

Seriously, this is real. Tommy Jr’s Original Chili Factory