It's long over due, but now Rosemount is slammin' thanks to Boys II Men and I bet they would appreciate the Philly Steaks being served at this, once little hole-in-the-wall. Today and 20 years later, T.O.P.S. Restaurant has expanded it's store front with a full service bar, brought on son Steven and his wife Joelle and providing Rosemount with some outstanding food. In fact, as the story goes (found on their own website), Owner Markos had a dream, but could dreams just fade away? Are you singing the whole song yet? Markos opened his doors in 1990 and on day one, not one person showed up. He said he would close the doors and try a new city to start his dream in if no one was to show the next day. A man walked in to order a pop for 40 cents and he has stayed open ever since. I guess we can thank that mystery man that allowed Markos' dream to come true...
Okay, okay... I'll stop rapping BIIM and talk about some delicious food. My wife and I just moved to Rosemount and looking to try the restaurants in town. After ordering a mediocre pizza on a random Sunday for football, I was on the hunt for something better. T.O.P.S. popped up in my search and after browsing their site, the pictures alone were making my mouth water. Pizza, Hoagies, Gyro's and you guessed it, Philly Steak Sandwiches. I looked to my wife and said, "We must go!" I had just one thing on my mind for our first visit and that was to order the Philly.
#14 it was! Their original Philly classic; bread, finely sliced and chopped steak seasoned to perfection, fried onions and cheese. One bite in and I was absolutely happy! By the way... While I'm writing this, I'm enjoying my leftovers... You might be thinking, if a sandwich is so good, how was there any leftovers????? Well, there were two options to choose from; half or whole. In other words, 9" or 18" respectfully and I for some reason in the heat of ordering said whole and completely forgetting about the actually sizes. My wife went with my exact sandwich, but with pepperoni added to it or also known as the #16. It gave it a nice spicy flavor and still one of the best Philly's I've ever had. Seriously... You're wasting your time eating at some chain restaurant that serves what they think is a Philly Steak Sandwich. You're just eating some crappy roast beef that looks like the roast beef at your family Christmas potluck sitting in the crock pot water all day... STOP! Get to T.O.P.S.! Check out the Philly rankings to see where T.O.P.S. ranks at On The Streets Of Philasota!.
Their Philly's aren't the only thing that was good though... My parents came with on this trip and my mom decided to order a Gyro. The family is from Greece, so of course they're going to have Gryo's on the menu and we're glad they did. They're Gryo's were outstanding and by far better than a number of places around the Twin Cities who claim to be serving superior Gyro's, but they're just not like T.O.P.S. You may be thinking, it's just lamb, but it's all about the seasoning and quality of lamb and T.O.P.S. is doing it right!
As I mentioned earlier, my wife and I were searching for a pizza in town after ordering a mediocre one from a place called Bella's and not wanting to order from Pizza Hut or Carbones which is far too greasy. By photos alone on the T.O.P.S. website, the pizza looks amazing. It's definitely going to be a must try on my list and I hope it's as amazing as their other cuisine because when I'm in the mood for a good zza' I have to have a place in town to order from and so far, there's nothing!
This east coast family never skipped a beat and is doing an outstanding job. We got the opportunity to meet Steven, Markos' son and share some of our remarks that night with him. A really nice guy who said he used to play in the yard which is now the new bar expansion. My wife and I even decided that this is going to be our go to place for a quick "cold one". If you live in the south metro area, T.O.P.S. is a must add to your repeat customers list!
Rosemount, MN 55068