Cheeseburger Crawls

You can maximize your Cheeseburer Week experience by organizing friends in a Cheeseburger Crawl. Get some friends together and visit three or four participating restaurants to sample their burgers. Order one burger and split it three or four ways, then do the same at the next place.

You can organize your own itinerary, or follow one of our suggested routes.

Enjoy the Traditional Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl:

  • Start at Pie ‘n Burger at 913 East California for a burger recognized nationwide as one of the best.
  • Stop at Jake’s at 38 West Colorado in Old Pasadena and sit at the counter for one of the local favorites.
  • Hop in your car and head south to Twohey’s at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Atlantic in Alhambra for a true So Cal diner experience.
  • Finish up at Clearman’s Galley at 7215 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington Drive). They have a full bar, as well.
Take the Old Pasadena White Table Cloth Burger Crawl (Park your car, this one is on foot — and can include drinks):
  • Start at a|k|a An American Bistro at 41 Hugus Alley near the corner of DeLacey and Union Street with their Certified Angus Burger. (Try a signature cocktail, while you’re there.)
  • Then walk around the corner to POP Champagne and Dessert Bar and split an order of sliders or share a full-sized burger. (Enjoy a glass of wine, champagne or a specially crafted champagne drink, too.)
  • Hop over to 70 North Raymond Avenue and up the stairs to Vertical Wine Bistro to taste one of Chef Laurent Quenioux’s creations. (Vertical has a great wine list and a full bar with a number of signature cocktails to sample, as well.)
  • Finish up at Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro at 43 East Union Street (a couple of doors down from POP).
Try the Lake Avenue Burger Crawl:
  • Start at The Counter for a build-your-own-burger delight. (You can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your burger, too.)
  • RIght next door at Green Street Restaurant (146 Shopper’s Lane) you can have a cocktail, taste of wine or beer as you enjoy a tasty burger at one of Pasadena’s favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner destinations.
  • Head down Lake Avenue to Dupar’s, which just opened at 214 South Lake and share one of their delicious burgers.
  • Head down Lake to Trattoria Neapolis where, in addition to burgers on the happy hour menu, you can get craft cocktails and Italian delicacies (if you want a break from burgers).
Designate a driver for the Beer and a Burger Crawl (do this one walking… ):
  • Start at Haven Gastropub+Brewery at 42 South DeLacey Avenue (across from the DeLacey Parking Garage). Enjoy the Lamb Burger or the Haven Burger and be sure to try one of their signature brews (some made on site).
  • Head up to 20 East Colorado for tasty beers and gourmet burgers at Kings Row Gastropub. (The Happy Hour Cheeseburger is a great deal, especially when you wash it down with a fine pour.)
  • Head east on Colorado, right at Raymond and left on Green for Dog Haus Biergarten at 93 east Green (behind Copa Vida) for a craft cocktail or brew and a fabulous burger on King’s Hawaiian Bread.
  • Finish just up Union Street up at Slater’s 50/50 at 61 North Raymond Avenue, a new addition to Pasadena’s burger scene. Try the half bacon – half beef burger and one of the 100+ beers on tap.
Be Adventurous with the Alternative Burger Crawl (if you’ve had enough burgers for one week, try something different):
  • Start at M Local Mediterranean Grill at 105 North Hill for a Middle Eastern variation on a cheeseburger.
  • Then step next door for a grilled cheese delight at Melt It!.
  • Head to CREPEstudio at 90 East Union Street in Old Pasadena for a Lithuanian-inspired crepe and beef delight or their veggie version on a crepe.
  • Finish up at El Portal 695 East Green Street (in Arcade Lane) with Armando’s specially prepared Zacatecas Burger (made with spiced ham, beef and more). Wash it down with a Cadillac Margarita.
Go out for the East Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl:
  • Start at Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ at 395 North Rosemead Boulevard with a cheeseburger stuffed with gorgonzola or the ultimate Garbage Burger and a tall glass of  Newcastle.
  • Head down Rosemead to Clearman’s Galley at 7247 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington) for one of their burgers (and maybe a drink to go with).
  • Go west on Huntington and north on San Gabriel to find delicious sliders at Toro Sushi Bar Lounge at 2675 East Colorado Boulevard (at San Gabriel) in Pasadena. Try a Cucumber Skinny Tini (the top cocktail in the 2014 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge).
  • Finish up at Kathleen’s at 595 North Lake Avenue (not exactly east Pasadena but worth the drive). Check out the wide variety of burgers on the extensive menu at one of Pasadena’s favorites.
Try the New Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl (check out these new additions to Pasadena’s food scene:
  • Start at Central Park Cafe at  219 South Fair Oaks. Try one of their delicious burgers, and maybe a nice soft drink, beer or cocktail to wash it down.
  • Head over to 34 South Raymond to ZiLin for a Bulgogi Burger or Crispy Ramen Burger.
  • Drive (or take the ARTS bus) over to Du-Par’s at 214 South Lake Avenue for one of So Cal’s traditional favorites and a welcome new addition to Pasadena.
  • Finish up at Trattoria Neapolis Italian Restaurant and Bar at 336 South Lake Avenue for delicious food and handcrafted cocktails in one of Pasadena’s most elegant settings.
Explore the Ethnic Cheeseburger Crawl:
  • Start out at 698 East Colorado with the El Portal & Yahaira’s Zacatecas Mexican Burger, a delicious melding of Yucatan taste and American tradition.
  • Then visit CREPEstudio at 99 East Union Street for a crepe encasing sauteed beef, cheese and spices.
  • Then head down Raymond to Zilin Restaurant at 34 South Raymond for a Bulgogi Burger or Crispy Ramen Burger.
  • Finish up at M Local Mediterranean Grill at 105 North Hill for a Middle Eastern-inspired dish.
Try the Lunchtime Veggie/Alternative Burger Crawl:
  • Start at Ann Gentry’s Real Food Daily at 895 East Del Mar Boulevard (at Lake Avenue). The RFD Burger will tantalize your tastebuds.
  • Head to Old Pasadena and check out the Veggie Sandwich at Market on Holly at 57 East Holly Street for a mouth-watering experience.
  • Then head to a|k|a An American Bistro at 41 Hugus Alley for the Roasted Portobello and Brie on Focaccia.
  • Finish up with the Earth Burger at Umami Burger at 49 East Colorado in Old Pasadena.
Take the Sliders Cheeseburger Crawl 
  • Start with the Duck Sliders at Kings Row Gastropub at 20 East Colorado in Old Pasadena.
  • Walk around the corner to Vertical Wine Bistro at 70 North Raymond for the Happy Hour Sliders (and, if you have a designated driver, one of Vertical’s artisanal cocktails).
  • Then head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 369 East Colorado and try their Prime Sliders. Have a Broad Street Hurricane and taste the drink that was crowned Pasadena’s 2012 Cocktail of the Year.
  • Finish up at Toro Sushi Bar Lounge at 2675 East Colorado Boulevard for the Kobe Beef Sliders and a nice cocktail to finish off the evening.

Take the off-Colorado Cheeseburger Crawl:

  • Start at La Grande Orange Cafe at 260 South Raymond for a fabulous burger and (maybe) a drink or brew to go with.
  • Head down Raymond almost to South Pasadena to Bar 1886 at the Raymond for a craft cocktail and an All American Cheeseburger to go with.
  • If it’s lunchtime, stop at Pasadena favorite Gale’s Restaurant at 452 South Fair Oaks Avenue for a great burger.
  • Finish up at Kathleen’s on North Lake, one of Pasadena’s favorite brunch, lunch and dinner spots.

Otherwise

  • Head up to Fair Oaks to Central Park Cafe at 219 South Fair Oaks for a great burger (something to go with).
  • Finish up at El Portal at 695 East Green Street (in Arcade Lane for the Zacatecas Burger will all the fixins and (possibly) one of Pasadena’s favorite margarita.
Specially created Cheeseburger Week Burger Crawl (these folks invented something special to celebrate Cheeseburger Week:
  • Start at ZiLin at 34 South Raymond for the Crispy Ramen Burger, a melding of Asian and American sensibilities that will tickle your tastebuds.
  • Head north on Raymond to Vertical Wine Bistro and try one of chef Laurent Quenioux’s amazing creations.
  • Head east on Colorado to El Portal (in Arcade Lane at 595 East Green Street) and Armando Ramirez’s unique Zacatecas Burger.
  • Finish up at The Counter with their RedEye, an amazingly delicious burger.
Or invent a Cheeseburger Crawl of your own at one of our many delicious Cheeseburger Week participants.
Whatever you do, make sure you celebrate Cheeseburger Week with a burger and…
… HAVE FUN!