Tommy's has become known to many Southern Californians as the "Word of Mouth" hamburger. Amazingly, the saying that "the word of mouth travels fast" has proven true for Tommy's.
Tommy's has also been the beneficiary of much free advertising. Print-media stories on Tommy's have been seen in Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Many televisions shows and motion pictures have included Tommy's in scenes as well.
Tommy's can lay claim to the slogan "World Famous" due to the inordinate attention given by the foreign press. The Swedish magazine Chic mentioned Tommy's as L.A.'s quintessential fast food. Australian, Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese television have produced segments as well. In addition, tourist groups from all over the world frequently include the Original Tommy's as one of their regular stops.
Students from the University of Southern California, as well as many who regularly visit Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center venues are known to be loyal Tommy's fans.