• Sunday, January 07, 2018 - January 12, 2018
  • Inventing the Cheeseburger

    Legend has it that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1924, while working at his father’s roadside stand in Pasadena, California. The restaurant was called the Rite Spot and Lionel called his creation the Aristocratic Burger — it cost 15 cents back then which you can see for yourself at the Pasadena Museum of History, they have an old Rite Spot menu in their archive.

    Pasadena Cheeseburger Week

    Shortly after the Tournament of Roses each year, restaurants and locals pay homage to Lionel’s achievement with a week-long celebration (January 7-12, 2018).

    Cheeseburger Crawls

    Five themed crawls are provided here, set out on a week-long crawl to connect over dinner dates with friends that you’ve vowed to see more often, or go with your colleagues during lunchtime.

    Traditional Cheeseburger Crawl

    1. Pie ‘n Burger, 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
    Eater LA named their burger “LA’s Most Iconic Burger“.

    2. Du-par’s, 214 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
    A beloved diner-chain that began over 70 years ago. It was founded in LA, and the Executive Chef is Spago alumnus.

    3. La Grande Orange Cafe, 260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Serving American cuisine with a hint of Mexican influence, the cafe is housed in a former Santa Fe Train Station.

    Old Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl

    1. AKA American Bistro, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105
    This swanky space serves organic food, craft cocktails and has a really nice wine program.

    2. Umami Burger, 49 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Hip burger spot known for playful flavors for meat lovers.

    3. Meat District Company, 69 N Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
    Sit down restaurant located in a historic building, serving all natural beef (not ground beef).

    4. POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, 33 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
    Romantic space with elegant menu offerings (and original Batchelder tiles).

    South Lake Avenue Cheeseburger Crawl

    1. The Counter, 140 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91101
    Contemporary burger chain where you build-your-own burger.

    2. Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91106
    A Pasadena staple from 1979, specializing in California cuisine.

    3. Seco, 140 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
    Modern restaurant with full bar and complimentary valet parking at the nearby Smitty’s Grill.

    4. Del Frisco’s Grille, 55 S Lake Ave, Suite 150, Pasadena, CA 91101
    Very popular with people who work in the offices nearby, the menu features several fan favorites.

    Beer and Cheeseburger Crawl

    This itinerary is meant to be paired with a ride share service (Uber or Lyft) or a designated driver. All off the restaurants on this crawl are in Old Pasadena.

    1. Lucky Baldwin’s, 17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Family-run British pub located in Old Pasadena.

    2. Dog Haus Biergarten, 93 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Casual parlor with benches and picnic tables and a full bar. Burgers here are made with Hawaiian sweet rolls.

    3. Barney’s Beanery, 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105
    A small chain of sports bars totaling 6 locations in LA. Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monroe have history with this company.

    4. Kings Row Gastropub, 20 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
    Popular gastropub featuring a scratch kitchen and large outdoor space.

    Lunchtime Vegetarian-friendly Cheeseburger Crawl

    1. Real Food Daily, 895 E Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
    Vegan comfort food a la California cuisine. Go for the RFD Burger with melted cashew cheese.

    2. AKA American Bistro, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105
    This swanky space serves organic food, craft cocktails and has a really nice wine program.

    3. Sage Vegan Cafe, 319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Humble vegan joint specializing in raw and organic food, they also have pizza and a vegan ice creme counter.

    4. Pie ‘n Burger, 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
    This old school burger joint offers a very satisfying vegetarian burger, which is basically their famous burger with a veggie patty. It’s delicious.

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