Pasadena Cheeseburger Week


Celebrate the birth of the cheeseburger at the Rite Spot Cafe in 1924 (more or less) on West Colorado Boulevard right here in our Crown City of the Valley, Pasadena.

January 13-18, 2013

Let’s all salute Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history.

Even CNN is on the story: click here to see Casey Wian’s story on Cheeseburger Week.

Details. Details. Details. You’ll have to be patient. We’ll get you all the info when it’s available. For now, we’re just whetting your appetite (and teasing you a bit, too). 

We’ll host the second Cheeseburger Challenge. Once again, you’ll get to vote for your favorites in a number of categories, from traditional lunch counter burgers to white table cloth an alternative cheeseburgers. We’ll also have an alternative cheeseburger category or two, as well.

Plan to come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl, take the Cheeseburger Challenge and celebrate Lionel Sternberger’s culinary legacy in the city where the cheeseburger was first served to a customer.

Check out the Cheeseburger Challenge by clicking here. Voting is live on Sunday, January 13th for one week only

Here are our participants for the 2013 Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena and the gamut of burgers they each serve (click on the name to go to the web page, click on the menu item for the full restaurant burger menu):

a/k/a An American Bistro

Beckham Grill

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Burger Continental

Clearman’s Northwoods Inn

The Counter

Cousins Maine Lobster

  • 115 East Colorado in Old Pasadena
  • (626) 768-1472
  • Lobster BLT

Crepe Studio

Del Taco #508
  • 230 South Rosemead Boulevard in east Pasadena
  • 626-793-2840
  • Cheeseburger Week special: Double Del Cheeseburger which is made fresh to order, with shredded lettuce, freshly sliced tomatoes, diced onions, American Cheese, burger sauce, on a sesame seed bun.
  • For Cheeseburger week Del Taco in east Pasadena will offer buy one, get one free.

El Portal Restaurant

  • 695 East Green Street, Pasadena
  • Call (626) 795-8553 for reservations
  • Zacatecas Burger

Gale’s (lunch only)

Green Street Restaurant

Haven Gastropub

  • 42. De Lacey Avenue in Pasadena
  • 626-768-9555
  • The Haven Burger
  • The Lamb Burger
  • and a cocktail to accompany your cheeseburger: One-Ninety Manhattan
    bulleit rye, carpano antica, bitters

IX-tapa Cantina

For Cheeseburger Week, IX-tapa offers a Chile Relleno: poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Kings Row Gastropub

M Local Mediterranean Grill

Magnolia Lounge

The Market on Holly

New York Deli

Noir Food and Wine

Pie ‘n Burger

POP Champagne & Dessert Bar

Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ

Slater’s 50/50

Soleil at the Sheraton

Three Hundred Pasadena (300 Pasadena)

Togo’s (Green and Lake)

Toro Sushi Bar and Lounge

Trattoria Neapolis


Umami Burger

Vertical Wine Bistro

Villa Sorriso

  • 168 West Colorado Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Telephone: (626) 793-2233
  • Sorriso Burger

Yahaira’s Cafe

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