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It?s official: We?ve discovered a spot worth saving up calories for. It?s a new roast-beef-sandwich joint called Top Round, and following the afternoon meal we just ate (half an RB sandwich with a plate of gravy-drenched ?dirty fries? and a heavenly shake), we?re about as happy as a baby with a bellyful of milk. 

The details (before we lapse into a carb coma): Top Round is a partnership between three fancy chefs from Red Medicine, 800 Degrees and the now-shuttered XIV. Housed in a former 1950s doughnut shop, it?s got bright orange umbrellas and a retro-cool neon sign. ?Nuff said.

Besides six different roast beef sandwiches--we recommend the provolone, horseradish and mushroom topped ?Horse and Hole? ($6.45)--there are hot messes of fries (from $2.95) with toppings like whipped cheese, gravy and caramelized onions. Wash it all down with customizable shakes (we went for strawberry-pistachio) and 125 flavors of self-serve soda. 

It?s so worth scheduling an extra mat class or two to feel good about eating here.

Top Round, 1000 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-549-9445 or

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