Cheeseburger Crawls

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Join with friends and make a night of it by organizing a Cheeseburger Crawl. It works best

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with four or eight. Simply pick four restaurants to visit, order a cheeseburger and cut it into quarters, then each friend tastes it. Move on to the next place and do the same. After four restaurants, you each will have tasted four burgers. Enjoy drinks, have a beer, or just enjoy your cheeseburgers.

Here are some suggested Cheeseburger Crawls (make sure you confirm operating hours before you depart):

  • Playhouse District Cheeseburger Crawl 
    • Start at Yahaira's or El Portal for their famous and amazingly delicious Zacatecas Burger made with a delicious combination of beef and chorizo;
    • Down Green Street and up El Molino, across from the Pasadena Playhouse, you'll find The Stand, past winner of the Cheeseburger Challenge favorite burger. Try one of their delicious burgers on the patio and enjoy Southern California in the winter;
    • Next, stop in at Urth Cafe on Colorado at Madison for their delicious turkey burger;
    • Walk off some of those calories and stroll a few blocks west to The Great Maple for a nightcap and their extra special burger.
  • South Lake Avenue Cheeseburger Crawl 
    • Start on  Lake Avenue (at Del Mar), for a drink or craft beer (if you have a designated driver) at Granville and enjoy their Bacon and Blue Burger;
    • Head down Lake to California and turn left to Pie 'n Burger where you can enjoy a classic burger or a veggie burger paired with a glass of beer or wine;
    • Walk back up Lake Avenue with a Smokehouse Burger at Smitty’s and a nightcap (if someone else is behind the wheel);
    • Finish up with a Meatball Sandwich at Tardino Bros. Italian Kitchen on Mentor Avenue just north of Colorado.
  • Traditional Cheeseburger Crawl 
    • Begin at Pasadena's favorite burger stand, Pie 'n Burger at 913 East California Boulevard for a classic grilled burger
    • Stop in at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub on east Colorado Boulevard for a Belgian Ale (or something else) and an American Burger;
    • then head up to Dog Haus (105 North Hill Avenue) for their traditional Cheeseburger (or something more dramatic);
    • then finish up at Clearman's Galley (The Boat) at 7247 Rosemead Boulevard in nearby San Gabriel;
  • Old Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl
    • Begin at Dog Haus Biergarten (93 East Green Street) for a craft cocktail or local craft beer with Haus Burger;
    • Go up west on Green Street and have a break from burgers, but no cheese, at Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery. The cheese is hand chosen by the cheesemonger (and they have terrific food, too.) 
    • A little farther west and up DeLacey Avenue to Colorado, you tun left to True Food Kitchen which has a great selection of burgers, even choices for vegetarians and vegans. 
    • Exit adn turn right along Colorado Boulevard and finish up at Lucky Baldwin's Pub at Colorado and Raymond for a delicious craft beer and their special slider selection..
  • White Table Cloth Cheeseburger Crawl 
    • Start at Happy Hour at Bar 1886 at the Raymond (1250 S. Fair Oaks) for a craft cocktail and delicious sliders. (Or go for Sunday Brunch for a Classic Burger). Or you can get a delicious burger at brunch also. 
    • Hit the bar check out the deliciousness that is the Black Label Burger at Mi Piace at Colorado and Fair Oaks in Old Ruth's Chris Steak House (369 E. Colorado) for their extraordinary Happy Hour burger;
    • Finish up at Pasadena’s finest, The Langham Huntington Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious and deluxe burger at  The Terrace (for the Green Chile Cheeseburger) and do not miss dessert. 
  • Dedicate a Driver and Take A Craft Beer and Cheeseburger Crawl
    • Start out at Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue at Lucky Baldwin's  for a burger and beer in a traditional pub setting.
    • Next stop is Dog Haus Biergarten Old Pasadena for a burger and an awesome selection of craft beers on draught.
    • then head west down Colorado Boulevard to King's Row Gastropub where some special burgers and great beers await.
    • finish up in east Pasadena at Foothill (on Foothill just east of San Gabriel Boulevard) for one of their specially created cocktails and a Spicy BBQ Burger.
  • East Pasadena (and beyond) Cheeseburger Crawl 
    • Start at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Pub at 21 Kersting Court (at Sierra Madre and Baldwin) in Sierra Madre for a terrific burger and imported Belgian (or other) craft beer in a great pub setting;;
    • then head back down Sierra Madre to Foothill Blvd. and find Foothill for a tasty burger;
    • Stop at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant on Rosemead for a torta, burrito or something else tasty
    • Finish up at Clearman's Galley at 7215 Rosemead Boulevard in San Gabriel for their Flame Broiled Burger and a nightcap if someone else is driving.
  • Burrito Crawl
    • Start at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant on North Rosemead Boulevard for a burrito and a margarita;
    • Head west to El Portal in the Playhouse Village for their delicious burrito (or the Zacatecas Burger)
    • Find El Cholo in the Paseo for their classic burrito and maybe a michelada;
    • End up at Mijares, Pasadena's longest running restaurant, for something especially tasty.
      • If you have margarita's maybe it is best to rideshare or have a designated driver.
  • Make up your own Cheeseburger Crawl (and let us know where you went, so we can encourage others to follow in your footsteps).

For a full list of participants and more specials visit and click on the Restaurants and Menus tab.

Voting in the 2020 Cheeseburger Challenge opens January 26, 2020, and ends January 31, 2020.

  • Make up your own Cheeseburger Crawl (and let us know where you went, so we can encourage others to follow in your footsteps).