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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are August 15th through September 21st. The four finalist cocktails meet to determine Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena on September 21st at the Rose Bowl. For tickets visit and click on EVENTS.

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2017 is in April. Enjoy the finest Pasadena has to offer with special prix fixe menus, meals and deals.

Cheeseburger Week returns in January, 2017.

If you want your restaurant to be included in Pasadena Restaurant Week 2017, click on Register My Restaurant to sign up or email for details.

You can narrow your selection choices here:

Cheeseburger Week

During Cheeseburger Week from January 8th to January 13th,  Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger's genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

Forty of Pasadena's favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offered their signature burgers, some special creations and a deals  during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week.

Complete Alphabetical List of Participants follows:

You can also sort by type of food, location, cost and more by swiping again.

Happy dining in Pasadena

a/k/a Bistro
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Full Bar
  • Regional

aka Bistro

aka BistroConveniently located in Old Pasadena's stylish One Colorado Plaza, a/k/a is the latest concept by renowned restaurateurs Deborah and Robert Simon, who have also operated Bistro 45 for the last 20 + years in Pasadena, and previously launched the a/k/a concept in St. Helena two and a half years ago to critical acclaim.

Drawing flavors and menu focus from California wine country sensibility and from specific, sustainable, and, where ever possible, organic sources is what a/k/a is all about. a/k/a's sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance is highlighted by gracious and abundant hospitality, and a diverse menu featuring choices for every taste.

aka Sip-temberFor Cheeseburger Week, a/k/a offers:

  • Grilled Certified Angus Burger

You can vote for a/k/a in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite White Table Cloth Cheeseburger
  • favorite Cocktail with a Cheeseburger
  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena
Big Daddys Fire Grill
East Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

The original Big Daddy's Fire Grill is located at 2122 East Foothill Blvd., right next door to In-N-Out Burger Giant at the corner of Big-Daddy-logoFoothill & Craig Avenue in East Pasadena.  When people heard that I was going to open a burger restaurant next to IN-N-OUT two years ago, they  were saying: "Who would open a burger place next door to In-N-Out!!!!"?  Well, I did and I am proud to say that Big Daddy's Fire Grill stood out because it has the product, the quality and the atmosphere that can outstand any other burger Giant.  After two years from opening the doors to our customers, I believe that I created a signature place that Pasadena is proud of.  In less than one year of opening the first Big Daddy's, we opened the second Big Daddy's Fire Grill restaurant at 147 W. California Blvd., Pasadena in the Orangewood Plaza across from the Huntington Memorial Hospital next door to Vons Market, and we have more than 25 employees in each of our two locations.

We have a four-star rating on Yelp in both Big Daddy's locations as opposed to other burger restaurants like the Habbit and the Hook, which have only 3.5-star yelp rating.  As a matter of fact, one of the old yelpers stated in her review on yelp about Big Daddy's Fire Grill: " Why go to IN-N-OUT if heaven is next door!!!"


Our burgers by far are one of the tastiest Gourmet burgers at a very reasonable price in Pasadena. What makes our burgers unique is that we grill them on Oakwood Fire which give our meats sublime smokiness with heavenly aroma. Besides that, our fresh, premium ingredients add tremendous value to our foods. Our customer base is increasing every day with the highest customer satisfaction in the restaurant business because our goal at Big Daddy's is for our customers to have the best experience when they visit our restaurant and we guarantee our food. 

At Big Daddy's Fire Grill, we offer a big selection of Burgers, Sandwiches, Daugs, Sausages and Chicken Wings, and other Sides and Salads.  To top it off,we offer a good selection of Wine and Draft Beer.

Here are some of the Wood-Fired Gourmet burgers we offer at Big Daddy's: Classic burger, Daddy burger, Turkey burger, Hawaii Five-O, Mushroom Madness, Veggie, Daddy Portobello, New Zealand Lamb burger, and Chicken burger.

Some of the Wood-Fired Grilled Sandwiches we offer are: Grilled Marinated Chicken, Filet of Salmon, and Le Filet Mignon Steak. Our Filet of Salmon with added Sautéed Mushrooms is our best seller and the talk of the town.

We also offer Wood-Fired Daugs and Sausages, and delicious Daddy sides including premium Fires, Premium Garlic Fries, Nacho Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Zucchini Dippers, and Fresh Red Onion Rings, and Chicken Crispers. By the way, All of our fried food are prepared with the highest quality peanut oil, which gives a special taste and crisp.

For Cheeseburger Week, you can vote for Big Daddy's Firegrill in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Gourmet Cheeseburger (The Daddy Burger)
  • Favorite Alternative Cheeseburger (The Lamb Burger)

Besides the delicious Premium quality food  and the great customer service, we have several big screen TV's  for our customers to watch their favorite sports or shows while enjoying Big Daddy's food.

Our restaurants are also becoming popular to host birthday, office, sport teams and special occasion parties. We have been hosting a minimum of one or two parties a week. It is a great burger destination. We even had several celebrities visit Big Daddy's including Jay Leno, and one of the hosts of the Doctors Show in the Univision Channel.

Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

CaliBurger takes the sunny Southern California style burger around the globe, conquering taste buds with every Cali Double and Seasoned Fries.

California StyleCaliburger

A paradise. Land of dreams. The Golden State. California has been called many things in countless ways—most of them true. Now, CaliBurger brings that all-out California spirit and lifestyle to you in a setting that says, "This is me. This is who I am." Sit down. Take out. However you enjoy it is alright by us.


CaliBurger believes that fresh tastes best, that selection matters, that service still counts. When it comes to quality, no detail is too small. Our made-to-order meals are always prepared in open kitchens by experienced chefs who carefully monitor quality and adhere to strict standards for processing, cooking, and sanitation. It all adds up to a difference you can taste.


Knowing where your food comes from is key to confidence. Our signature CaliBurgers are always made with 100% all-beef, ground to our own exacting standards. Our chicken is top grade. Our produce is hand-selected for freshness by experienced chefs.

Quality and confidence. That’s the CaliBurger commitment.
California Pizza Kitchen Pasadena
Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Italian
  • Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant featuring innovative 

California Pizza Kitchen

pizzas that are creatively designed on a delicious crust and hearth-baked to perfection, such as The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and the California Club Pizza. Also served are distinctive pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts, including our Chicken-Tequila Fettuccine, The Original 

California Pizza Kitchen

For Cheeseburger Week, California Pizza Kitchen offers:

  • CARNE ASADA PIZZA: Tender marinated steak, fire-roasted poblanos, cilantro pesto, yellow onions, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack and fresh cilantro. Served with housemade salsa verde.

You can vote for CPK in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Cheeseburger Alternative
  • Favorite Cocktail with a Burger


Cameron's Seafood
Downtown Pasadena, East Pasadena
  • American
  • Seafood


In 1984, Cameron's Seafood first opened its doors to seve the rose city its freshest seafood, and has since become a landmark in Pasadena.  Cameron's brings the ocean feeling to you with its San Francisco style fish house, surrounded by its photos of fishing history reminiscent of the old fishing days. Its exhibition style kitchen allows patrons to watch their fresh catch being cooked over its mesquite wood grills that burn all day long.  Cameron's Fish Market serves fresh fish from morning until night.  From shrimp platters to halibut filets, or Maine Lobster. Cameron's maintains the finest selection of fresh seafood from all parts of the globe.  Our friendly bar allows patrons to enjoy a good meal and even one of our famous martinis while watching your favorite sporting event.

For the past 27 years, Cameron's has won many awards for the best seafood in the Pasadena Weekly, The Arcadia Weekly, The Mountain Views, and recently "Best Seafood" from the Boulevard Magazine.  We have achieved our success because we base it on our commitment to offering our guests a great value without sacrificing quality, consistenc and most of all, great service.

For Cheeseburger Week, Cameron's offers Cameron's Kobe Beef Captain's Burger: a 1/4 pound Kobe beef, Pueblano pepper, Fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, Cheese, Avocado, Lettuce onions tomato, Grilled over mesquite wood, Served on an onion roll, with fries.

Cameron's also offers the Cajun Catfish Sandwich: grilled catfish served on an onion roll with lettuce and tomato.

You can vote for the Cameron's Classic Kobe Burger in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite cheeseburger
  • Favorite gourmet cheeseburger

And the Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich:

  • Favorite Alternative to a Cheeseburger

You can vopte for the Cajun Catfiosh Sandwich in the Cheeseburger Alternative category.

Central Park Restaurant
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California

Central Park specializes in mouth watering steaks, fresh fish, hand-crafted pastas and 

Central Park Restaurant

gourmet pizza. To complement your meal, we have an extensive wine list hand-picked by our in-house Sommelier.

Central Park is located just three blocks south of Colorado Boulevard and "Old Town" on Fair Oaks Avenue. The restaurant occupies a 100 year old flower warehouse featuring original exposed brick walls and high rafter ceilings. Stop in for a dining experience you won't soon forget.

For Cheeseburger Week, Central Park offers:

  • The Dagwood Burger -1/2 pound Ground Sirloin Burger, Cheddar Cheese on a grilled Brioche Bun with all the trimmings. Served with House Fries.
  • The Park Burger-1/2 pound Ground Sirloin Burger, Gorgonzola Cheese, Arugula, Crispy Onion Strings, Red Wine reduction on a grilled Brioche Bun. Served with Garlic Fries

You can vote for Central Park Restaurant in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Gourmet Burger
  • Favorite Dessert After a Cheeseburger


Clearman's Galley
Pasadena Adjacent
  • American
  • Burgers
  • Full Bar


Why grab a bite in a cookie-cutter restaurant when you can take a cruise on land at


Clearman's Gallery

our historic San Gabriel landmark, Clearman's Galley?

"The Boat" was originally launched in 1913 as a mail-service vessel between San Francisco and Alaska. John Clearman brought it to San Gabriel in 1968, where it became a hamburger stand with patio seating.

Now, 40 years after serving its first hamburger, Clearman’s Galley is now open – a larger version of “The Boat” that seats almost 300 guests (and that patio is larger too, big enough for 90). And there’s a new full-service bar serving up to two dozen beers.

For Cheeseburger Week, Clearman's galley is serving:

  • A charbroiled burger topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato,and sweet chipotle sauce.

You can vote for Clearman's galley in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorie Traditional Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Craft beer with a Cheeseburger


  • 7215 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington Drive) in San Gabriel
  • For information call: 626-286-1484

For Cheeseburger Week® The Boat offers:

Clearman's Gallery


Constance Perry's by Claud Beltran at the Hotel Constance
Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Fusion

Celebrated Restaurateur Claud Beltran is lending his epicurean experience and culinary team to Perry's where he creates a fusion of Cal Asian flavors with seasonal ingredients sourced at local farmer's markets in a contemporary dining experience. Alfresco dining is available in the historic courtyard.

Open daily:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 6:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Wednesday : 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • DimSum Weekends – Starts 10 am

Contact number: (626) 486 2950

Breakfast Menu
Fall Lunch and Dinner Menu
Bar Menu
Liquor Menu
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Weekend DimSum


Contact number: (626) 486 2950


Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers


Custom Built Burgers Step into The Counter® and you’re greeted with a clipboard and an extensive list of fresh mouth-watering ingredients that allow you to build your own gourmet burger. Our 312,120+ different burger combinations make every burger as unique as each customer. Rarely is the same burger made twice in one day. Anti-Established in 2003, The Counter is the 21st century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint. Ushering in a fresh era of industrial decor, today’s music, cold beer, unique wines, cocktails, and burger options that are only limited by your imagination.

For Cheeseburger Week, The Counter offers their signature "Old School" Burger (1/3 pound Hormone Antibiotic Beef, Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Pickles on a Brioche Bun with our house made relish) and Single Side Order of French Fries for $10. Guests just need to say to their server..."Old School Cheeseburger Week Special!"

Check out the full menu here.

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for The Counter in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Lunch Counter Burger (The Old School Burger)
  • Favorite Turkey Burger (Chipotle Turkey Burger)
Del Frisco's Grille
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Full Bar

Local flavor fit to be shared. Our diverse and delicious menu has something for everyone.

Industrial and lush elements will create an atmosphere that is stylish, social and relaxed. The energetic bar will create a buzz throughout the restaurant and set the stage for an exciting dining experience that is unlike any other American grill. It’ll be your place to eat with a friend and catch up on the latest or make new friends at the bar. Our food and drinks are built to share, so share the experience with your neighbors – they are just friends you haven’’t met yet.

For Cheeseburger Week,

Del Frisco’s Grille now has different DELICIOUS options:

  • Grille Prime Cheeseburger - American, Lettuce, Red Onion, Sloppy Sauce, Tomato, Pickle
  • Butcher Cut Bacon Cheeseburger - Aged Cheddar, Sloppy Sauce, Tomato, Pickle
  • Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger  - Jalapeño Jack, Spicy Aioli, Pickle

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for Del Frisco's Grille in these categories:

  • Who serves your favorite traditional cheeseburger?
  • Who serves your favorite bar burger?
  • Who serves your favorite gourmet burger?


Dog Haus
Central Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

Dog Haus’ gourmet all beef skinless hot dogs, hand crafted sausages and premium burgers made with humanely raised hormone and antibiotic free beef, all served on grilled Hawaiian rolls, coupled with premium shakes and soft-serve ice cream, plus a beer program that spotlights local brews, have garnered critical acclaim and national attention. Open for lunch Dog Hausand dinner daily, guests can choose from signature, one-of-kind Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 30+ quality toppings.

At Dog Haus during Cheeseburger Week, you can find:

In celebration of Cheeseburger Week, Dog Haus is offering the Big Mc in addition to their acclaimed selection of Haus Burgers.



You can vote for Dog Haus in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • Favorite Burger
  • Favorite traditional cheeseburger
  • Favorite sliders
Dog Haus Biergarten
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

Dog Haus’ gourmet all beef skinless hot dogs, hand crafted sausages and Dog Haus Biergartenpremium burgers made with humanely raised hormone and antibiotic free beef, all served on grilled Hawaiian rolls, coupled with premium shakes and soft-serve ice cream, plus a beer program that spotlights local brews, have garnered critical acclaim and national attention. Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature, one-of-kind Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 30+ quality toppings.

In celebration of Cheeseburger Week, Dog Haus is offering the Big Mc in addition to their acclaimed selection of Haus Burgers.

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, Dog Haus Biergerten offers several burgers and will add an additional patty and cheese to any cheeseburger order during Cheeseburger Week..

Vote for Dog Haus Biergarten in these categories:

  • Favorite Burger
  • Favorite Craft Beer with a Burger
  • Favorite Bar Burger





Du-par's Restaurant and Bakery

Dupar's is dedicated to the highest quality food and customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, company spirit and most importantly individual pride.

For more than six decades, Du-par’s has been a part of the LA coffee shop tradition, serving Du-par's Pasadenamillions their famous breakfasts and fresh fruit pies.

The menu returns to the home style tradition of using only the freshest ingredients.  The orange juice will be squeezed fresh daily, the hash browns will be hand-peeled and cut, and the hamburger meat will be freshly ground.


  • Du-par's Pasadena Cheeseburger Week offerings include their famous Patty Melt. get a special deal, Patty Melt, one side and a soft drink for $16. Download the flyer here: 
  • 214 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena
  • 626-449-8520

All burgers are made with fresh ground Harris Ranch grain fed all nature chuck served with choice of large fresh fries, fresh fruit, potato salad or coleslaw. Veggie burger patty may be substituted.

  • Cheeseburger: Topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato.

  • Patty Melt: With caramelized onions, Swiss cheese melted on grilled rye.

  • Bacon & Swiss Burger: With melted Swiss cheese.

  • Mushroom & Jack Burger: Sauteed mushrooms and jack cheese.
  • Avocado & Bacon Burger: With fresh sliced avocado, lettuce and tomato
  • Veggie Burger: Vegetable patty with cheddar cheese and
    Thousand Island dressing.
El Cholo Cafe
Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Mexican

It was a landmark year in 1927. Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs, Charles 

El Cholo Cafe

Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic and a young couple named George and Aurelia Salisbury opened up a little Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of a small town named Los Angeles. That was the historic beginning to the rich tradition that is El Cholo®.

All of the El Cholo® restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923.  Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous green corn tamales, enchiladas, and sizzling fajitas.  Our combination plates along with newer comidas especiales and fresh grilled chicken tostadita and tostada compuesta salads have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible nachos, which were introduced back in the 50’s by a young server named Carmen Rocha. But there is one thing that El Cholo® is especially known for and that is our famous El Cholo® Margaritas!  El Cholo® pioneered the now renown Cuervo 1800 into their secret El Cholo® Margarita Recipe and it has become a "must taste” for visitors to Southern California.

For Cheeseburger Week, El Cholo offers Enchilada de Carne Picada.

You can vote for El Cholo in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Cheeseburger Alternative
  • Favorite Ethnic Cheeseburger

 El Cholo is at 260 East Colorado Boulevard (in Paseo Colorado) in Pasadena

El Portal
Playhouse District, Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Mexican


Once more we have been voted “The Best” Mexican Restaurant by the readers of the Pasadena Weekly. It is all thanks to you and to our commitment to serve you “honest to goodness fresh food” with courteous and respectable service.

For Cheeseburger Week El Portal returns their signature Zacatecas Burger, a delicious blend of Yucatan pork smothered with cheese on a grilled roll.

You can vote for the Zacatecas Burger in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Ethnic Burger and Favorite Alternative Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge ®.

Muchas Gracias.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • American
  • Steak House

Conveniently located on the corner of Marengo and Colorado Boulevard, you’ll find a place for Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Barlocals and visitors to enjoy an exceptional selection of premium steaks and an expertly curated list of 100 wines by the glass. Stop by after work for a signature cocktail or glass of wine, then stay and indulge in our classic Filet or try something new like our Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye.

For Cheeseburger Week, Fleming's offers the Prime Burger.

You can vote for Fleming's in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Bar Burger
  • Favorite White Table Cloth Cheeseburger
  • Favorite New Restaurant for a Cheeseburger

Enjoy delicious salads and sandwiches, worthy of your lunch hour. Join us for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm.

179 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Monday – Friday
  • Monday – Thursday
  • Friday – Saturday
  • Sunday
Gale's Restaurant (lunch only)
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Italian

Gale's is a bustling bistro that features the most comprehensive selection of Northern Italian cuisine this side of Tuscany. But to owner Gale Kohl, her namesake restaurant also represents a higher calling. It is a tribute, a memorial and a reason to celebrate life each and every day.

Gale's Cheeseburger is on the lunch menu only.

THE CHEESEBURGER: fresh ground beef, provolone

cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, house made bun

Vote for Gale's Cheeseburger in the following categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite burger
  • Favorite traditional burger
  • Favorite gourmet burger
Green Street Restaurant
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Full Bar


Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena tradition and innovation since 1979. Serving California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Street is the place where Pasadenans go to meet old friends, discuss business or just enjoy a fabulous meal. Green Street is still owned and operated by the family that started it as a one room, 18 table cafe.

For Cheeseburger Week, you will be delighted with any of Green Street Restaurant's terrific burgers. For a change of pace, try the Ahi Tuna Burger, the Turkey Patty melt or the Quinoa Burger.

Vote for Green Street Restaurant in the Cheeseburger Challenge.


Kathleen's Restaurant
North Pasadena
  • American
  • Full Bar

Kathleen’s Restaurant was established in 1982 by Efren Bugarin and KathleenMeymarian.You’ll find that Kathleen’s menu offers a wide variety of American fare with an emphasis in fresh fish, pasta and steaks. Kathleen’s has received numerous restaurant awards including:

  • 2006 AAA Diamond Award
  • April 1990 Tri City Chapter Award Winner for an American Restaurant
  • California Restaurant Association
  • For information and reservations call 626-578-0722
  • 595 North Lake Avenue in Pasadena

Kathleen's has a full range of delicious burgers on the menu. Check out Kathleen's Cheeseburger Week specials by clicking here.

Kings Row Gastropub
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Full Bar
  • Pub Grub


Located in the heart of Old Pasadena, Kings Row Gastropub is a casual restaurant nestled inside a historic landmark building constructed in the early 20th century, with the original architecture and materials preserved.While the vibe at Kings Row is fun and inviting, our scratch kitchen offers diners some serious pub nosh, as well as creative reinterpretations of British classics, like our Shepherd’s Stack and Cheeky Bastard Poutine.

Our conscientious food, sourced almost exclusively from California, is served on small plates or share plates, along with a charcuterie carte menu, blackboard specials, and an ever-changing array of delectable dishes made from the freshest ingredients from the farm and sea. Our full bar offers more than 60 beers, specializing in small-craft and local brewers and Belgian ales and styles, as well as handcrafted cocktails, and quaint, unique wine selections.

For Cheeseburger Week, Kings Row offers:

  • Classic Cheeseburger: 2 house ground patties + American cheese + Green leaf lettuce + tomato + red onion + pickles + thousand island
  • HH Cheeseburger: single house ground patty + American cheese + green leaf lettuce + tomato + red onion + pickles + thousand island 


Menu and drink selections may be subject to change (based on availability).

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for Kings Row in these categories:

  • Favorite burger
  • Favorite gourmet cheeseburger
  • Favorite craft beer with a burger

For Cheeseburger Week, Kings Row created a special burger: 2 beef patties: (sustainable, no antiobiotics, hormone free) Ground In house daily, Deep Applewood Smoked Bacon, Crispy Onion Rings, Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Lucky Baldwin's Pubs (there are three)
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena, East Pasadena, Pasadena Adjacent, Sierra Madre
  • American
  • Full Bar


Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners DavidFarnworth and Peggy Simonian, who turned a run down business into the beer haven it is today.  it is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, in one of the oldest buildings in town. Lucky Baldwins Delirium Pub was opened in 2005, in the quaint village-like town of Sierra Madre up in the foothills.

Like any authentic British pub, Lucky Baldwins offers a friendly family environment and is frequented by many locals. A full kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner makes Lucky Baldwins a perfect place to have a traditional British meal for the whole family. 

For Cheeseburger Week, Lucky Baldwin's has a great special. Download the coupon here:    Lucky Baldwin cheeseburger week discount 2016

Vote for Lucky Baldwin's in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Signature Burger: All beef patty, blue cheese crumbles, house made bacon jam, lettuce, tomato, bacon, on a brioche bun;

  • Salmon Burger: House made Salmon patty with a touch of jalepeno and lemon zest, lemon aioli, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, on a brioche bun.

With 63 beers on tap in Pasadena Old Town and 46 beers on tap in Sierra Madre, the pub offers an array of unique beers, both bottled and tap. Throughout the year Lucky Baldwins also celebrates European drinking festivals, such as our renowned Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, Octoberfest and the list goes on, placing Lucky Baldwins in the top five Belgian beer bars in the US.

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

  • 17 South Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena
  • Tel: 626-795-0652

Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste

  • 1770 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
  • 626-844-0447

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe

  • 21 Kersting Court in Sierra Madre, CA
  • 626-355-1440


For Cheeseburger Week, Lucky Baldwin's has specials and much more. Download the discount coupon here: Lucky Baldwin's Cheeseburger Week 2015 special

Madeline Garden Bistro (lunch only)
  • European

Let us be part of your celebrations. Together we will create a special indoor/outdoor dining

Madeline Garden

 experience or private celebration. Madeline Garden is here for you to enjoy offering a variety of dining and entertainment experiences.

Our unique location was once a special development occupied by Albert Einstein. Some say they can feel the intelligence and energy he left here when he sought to reach higher levels of the quantum energy. This building has a very intriguing and mysterious history that we seek to preserve and share with our visitors. Along with charming brick construction; Madeline Garden is a hidden gem in an exclusive area.

For the Cheeseburger Week, Madeline Garden Bistro offers Portabella Mushroom on a Baquette.

You can vote for Madeline Garden in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:
  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  •  Favorite Cheeseburger Alternative

The old Caltech French building is open to serve brunch, high tea, French-Italian cuisine, small tapes and Isakaya, excellent wine pairing and fun spirits, along with talented artists to perform for you. Madeline Garden offers a modern European touch infused with Eastern old culture. We also bring the enjoyment of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, to delight a wide range of tastes: including sea food lovers as well as vegetarians.

We bring the culinary arts together. It is every chef's dream to serve you the greatest food. Madeline Garden gives you service that is from each staff's caring heart. We want to share amazing experiences for you that will become cherished memories.

  • Website:
  • Madeline Garden Bistro and Venue is at 1030 East Green Street in Pasadena
  • 626-795-5599
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm
Meat District Company
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Barbecue
  • Full Bar




Meat District Co. aims to re-awaken the senses & bring a new kind of dining to the streets of Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Old Pasadena on North Raymond, Meat District Co. collaborated with design rm DS17 to create an enticing blend of old-school and contemporary style in an open yet rustic space, evoking a comfortable and inviting atmosphere where guests are encouraged to eat, relax and “let the addiction begin”.

Meat District Co. works in partnership with some of America’s most sustainable producers delivering experiences & dishes that tick all the boxes when it comes to quality & taste, leaving you wanting more each & everytime – an ADDICTION waiting to be savoured.

Meat District Co. remembers a time when beef came from a farm and not a factory – when ’100% beef’ was actually from a cow. we have decided its time to bring the farm to your doorstep with ALL NATURAL ‘NEVER EVER’ BEEF (hormone, steroid & antibiotic free produce).

For Cheeseburger Week, Meat District Company offers a Cheeseburger and a beer or soda for $15. They are also cooking up a special Cheeseburger Week burger: beef patty burger, with cheese, onions etc deep fried in their house dough. It is absolutely to die for!

Vote for Meat District Company in the Cheeseburger Challenge.

Mi Piace
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Italian

Mi Piace is widly popular offering fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors as well as a variety of exotic cusine to meet guest's diverse pallet.

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A wide selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, seafood, pizzas and exotic weekly specials put Mi PIace on the culinary map. Whether it is Vitello alla Milanese, Chilean Sea Bass or luscious homemade baked lasagna, the choice is excellent. Mi Piace's food is addictive.

The decor is trendy and upbeat with a sleek, jazzy, urban-chic touch of Manhattan: stylish martini lounge with stainless steel bar, red leather couches, illumniated tables and fabulous conga shaped dark brown leather barstools.

Glow of the open kitchen, angled overhead mirrors, soft colors and textures are warming and soothing.

For Cheeseburger Week, Mi Piace offers:


  • Our Classic Mi Piace Burger : Exclusive Prime Rib Eye mix patty topped with Tillamook Cheddar, Vidalia onions, house Thousand Island dressing with Boston lettuce on a sesame Brioche bun from our own Pasadena baking Co. served with homemade fries


    25 E. Colorado Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91105
  • 626 795 3131


Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Monday All Night!
Tuesday - Friday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday and Monday 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday and Wednesday not available
Thursday 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday and Saturday 12:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Pie ‘n Burger
Downtown Pasadena, South Lake Avenue
  • American
  • Burgers


Consistently voted one of America's top ten burger restaurants, Pie 'n Burger offers:

Pie ‘n Burger first opened in the fall of 1963 on California Blvd., just off South Lake in Pie 'n Burger PasadenaPasadena. It continues to be in the same location to this day. The recipes, products and methods used in preparing the award winning food today are the same as those used 46 years ago.

Pie 'n Burger has a 2017 Cheeseburgeer Week special meal for $12.00. Enjoy a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink for one low price. Download the coupon here:

Pie ‘n Burger has been honored with numerous awards for the quality of its food and exists today as a testament to an era that has not faded away.


A 2nd edition of Hamburger America by George Motz was just released. It lists 150 great burger joints in America of which Pie ‘N Burger is one!

  • 913 East California Boulevard in Pasadena
  • Call 626.795.1123 for information
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
  • Pizza

Pitfire ( 1. An ancient wood-fired kiln lined with stone that reaches temperatures 

Pitfire Artisan Pizza

over 900 degrees. 2. A Los Angeles based restaurant company producing rustic, fire singed pizzas and handcrafted cuisine from simple, fresh ingredients.

Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Paul Hibler's flagship brand and concept, has successfully taken over the massive Sizzler on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, creating what might be one of the most useful all-day eateries in the 626. Opening today, the popular pizza concept exterior's was designed by Reed Architecture and interior by John Colter of Colter & Co, instilling a fun, colorful ambiance without taking out any of the social aspect of the large dining room. A large red wood-fired pizza helms the main part of the kitchen, adding plenty of warmth to a place that's ideal for group dinners and celebrations.

For Cheeseburger Week, Pitfire offers the Pitfire Steak sandwich and the Chicken Meatball Hero.

You can vote for Pitfire Artisan Pizza in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Alternative Cheeseburger
  • favorite Cocktail with a Burger

As for the menu, there's the signature burrata pie, a nice selection of salads like a house-chopped salad, and some pastas like a classic spaghetti and meatballs.

Here is the Pasadena Restaurant Week menu from Pitfire Artisan Pizza: Pitfire Pizza 

Pitfire Artisan Pizza

Pasadena Restaurant Week menu 2016

    PASADENA CA 91105
  • PHONE: (626) 376-9005
  • HOURS:
    SUN-THURS: 11-10
    FRI-SAT: 11-11
Plate 38
East Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers
  • California

The chefs of Plate 38 take their creativity to the kitchen developing original distinct flavor Plate 38combinations with local and organic ingredients. From Italian to French, they transform the traditional into new american faire for the local neighborhood crowd. Cultivating a lavish 5-star tasting experience within an industrial yet comfortable atmosphere.

The chalkboard specials vary from chilled soups, foie gras appetizers, fresh wild caught fish, braised short-ribs, filet, lamb, and many more delicacies.


  • Plate 38 Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
  • t: 626.793.7100 | e:


  • Monday - Thursday 10:30am - 11pm
  • Friday 10:30am - 12am | Saturday 8am - 12am
  • Sunday 8am - 10pm


  • Daily 4pm - 6pm | 9pm - close
  • All Night Monday 4pm - 11pm
POP Champagne and Dessert Bar
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Continental
  • Full Bar



POP Champagne & Dessert Bar is a sexy place for first dates, social gatherings, after-work drinks, or any night out on the town. Our simple yet elegant décor complements the historical architecture and culture of Old Town Pasadena.Indulge yourself in our extensive selection of Champagnes, sparkling wines, dessert wines and artisanal beers, to be enjoyed with our full savory menu of delectable entrees, small plates, gourmet cheeses, caviar, charcuterie, and of course our house made desserts that will tantalize your taste buds.

You can reserve for dinner through Open Table: 

Open Table


At POP there is no need to feel intimidated by an endless list of wines when you can speak with our on-site certified sommelier. We are here to help you find the perfect pairing for your food or point you towards a new wine that may soon become your favorite.With over fifty wines by the glass, ever-changing flights, and a growing bottle list, POP is the perfect place for novices and connoisseurs alike, to explore and play in the alluring world of Champagne and desserts.

For Cheeseburger Week, POP offers their Ahi Burger and Kobe Beef Slider Trio:

  • Best dessert after a burger - Vanilla Crème Brûlée

  • Best alternative meat burger - Ahi Burger

  • Best sliders - Kobe Beef Slider Trio

  • Telephone: (626) 795-1295


Robin's Wood Fire BBQ
East Pasadena
  • American
  • Barbecue
  • Full Bar


When you come to Robin’s, you step into a world of memorabilia that we have collected from visiting small towns across America.

Once you come in, your senses begin to experience a dramatic change; the awesome smell of our smoker prevails thru out the whole place. Every corner of the restaurant is tastefully decorated  to give our visitors a whole experience of sound, sight and most important taste.

Now open Friday through Sunday.

BBQ 101

When it comes to BBQ we are the experts. In fact back in Wisconsin owner Robin Salzer got his first smoker for Christmas when he was 11, he hasn’t stopped since.


Our Signature Sauces

  •    Robin’s Tangy Original
  •    Carolina Sweet Mustard 
  •    Smokin’ Spicy Mad Dog
  •    Memphis Red Vinegar

For Cheeseburger Week try the Gorgonzola Cheeseburger or the Cheeseburger in Paradise. Vote for Robin's in the Cheeseburger Challenge.

  • 395 North Rosemead Boulevard in Pasadena
  • Reservations and information: 626-351-8885


Rounds Premium Burgers
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
  • American
  • Burgers


Founded in 2011 by brothers George and Charbel Ghaby, Rounds Premium Burgers is afun, new twist on the classic American burger stand, offering a flavorful selection of classic fare, recreated to be uniquely Rounds. Rounds Premium Burgers offers something for every taste - whether meat lover or vegan, health nut or not, your round awaits! Simply put, exceptional quality at an affordable price.

For Cheeseburger Week, Rounds Premium Burgers offers 15% off your total food bill (alcoholic beverages not included).

Enjoy a Classic Cheeseburger at Rounds and vote in the Cheeseburger Challenge.

Download the coupon here and bring it for your discount:

"Just the Way You Like It!" That's the motto at Rounds. Your burger, your way, every time. Rounds gives you the tools, and you build your masterpiece, whether you like it plain and simple or loaded with toppings and messy. Create your own round from the wide selection of meats, cheeses and toppings available, or choose from signature menu items. Rounds uses only the freshest, finest ingredients, and makes each round by hand, when you order. Rounds' mission is simple: Great food, great prices, and friendly folks each and every time you visit.

For Rounds' Pasadena Restaurant Week specials, please contact the restaurant.Rounds burger

Build your own at Rounds or choose one of these favorites:

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
  • American
  • Full Bar
  • Steak House
Ruth's Chris Steak House

From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2010, we celebrated our 45th anniversary, and we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel.

Visit Ruth's Chris Steak House in Pasadena, California. Whether it's a romantic steak

dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth's Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. Our Pasadena steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

For Cheeseburger Week, Ruth's Chris has its sliders (in the bar only).

You can vote for Ruth's Chris in the Cheeseburger Challenge in the following categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • favorite Sliders
  • Favorite Cocktail with a Cheeseburger


SECO New American

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Seco LogoThe Smith Brothers’ new restaurant, SECO, features a vibrant, contemporary environment, a front patio with an inviting fire pit, and a bar / lounge with a sexy vibe. Enjoy dishes like:

Wood oven roast chicken, Kale salad, Bacon wrapped filet, Wood-fired pizzas, and pastas—made from seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Complimentary valet parking behind Smitty’s on Shoppers Lane, a few doors from SECO!

SECO's menu features New American cuisine created from the finest seasonal, sustainable ingredients, as well as fine wine, beer, and crafted cocktails. SECO's menu includes a diverse range of dishes, such as wood oven roast chicken, top sirloin culotte steak, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads seasoned with fresh herbs and spices.

Complimentary valet parking is available at Smitty's Grill, on Shoppers Lane, located only a few doors from SECO.

For Cheeseburger Week, SECO offers:

  • American Wagyu Burger - Gruyere, Caramelized Shallots, Tomato Confit, Truffle Aioli

  • Wood Grilled Cheeseburger - served with “the works”


You can vote for SECO in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Who serves your favorite cheeseburger?
  • Who serves your favorite gourmet burger?
  • Who serves your favorite dessert after a burger?



Slater's 50/50
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

Slaters-burgerSlater’s 50/50 was founded around a passion for gourmet comfort food and craft beer. Together, Scott Slater and Executive Chef Brad Lyons created our now famous 50/50 Burger – 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef taking the Southern California restaurant scene by storm.We rotate our beers on tap daily, delivering our guests the best sports bar and beer selection in town.


For Pasadena Restaurant Week, Slater's 50/50 is offering lunch at $15 and dinner at $26.


All burgers are weighed AFTER cooking:

  • The 50/50: Designed to perfection, our signature patty is topped with a sunny side up egg, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo on white brioche.
  • B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burger: Bacon-lovers unite. Our 50/50 patty with bacon American cheese, sunny side up egg, thick cut bacon and bacon island dressing on a bacon pretzel bun.
  • The Old Timey: The classic American burger with all natural, choice ground beef, American cheese, thick cut bacon, grilled onions, green leaf lettuce, tomato and 1000 island dressing on white brioche.
  • The Flamin’ Hot: Spice things up with our all natural, choice fire beef patty, beer battered jalapeños, fire roasted green chilies, pepper jack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo on white brioche.
  • Hawaiian Burger: Island-inspired, our 50/50 patty topped with grilled pineapple, Spam®, sunny side up egg, American cheese, baconnaise and a teriyaki glaze on white brioche.
  • Peanut Butter & Jellousy: Slater’s favorite and award winning! All natural, ground beef topped with thick cut bacon, creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly on a honey wheat bun.
  • Fritos® Crunch Burger: A chili cheeseburger with a crunch! Our all natural, choice ground beef patty topped with melted cheddar cheese, our signature chili, Fritos® and 1000 island dressing on white brioche.
  • Big Daddy Melt: The Patty Melt, Slater’s style! 2/3lb all natural, choice ground beef patty, melted cheddar & Swiss cheese, grilled onions and a horseradish aioli sandwiched between grilled rye bread.
  • World’s Greatest Turkey Burger:We challenge you to disagree! Our turkey patty topped with smoked gouda, baby greens, red onions, a portobello mushroom cap and creamy pesto sauce on a honey wheat bun.
  • The Eat Your Veggies Burger: Hearty vegan patty, alfalfa sprouts, avocado mash, cucumber slices and garlic aioli on a honey wheat bun.
Smitty's Grill
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Full Bar


Considered a dining room away from home by many in Pasadena, Smitty's Grill continues to warmly welcome new- and long-time guests to its comfortable surroundings. Our bustling dining room is ever-abuzz: in the afternoon, with groups of friends catching up and those stepping away from their South Lake 

District offices, and in the evening with convivial groups enjoying conversation over dinner and close-knit families making time for a meal together.

For Cheeseburger Week, Smitty's serves the Smokehouse Burger:  Applewood Smoked Bacon, Grilled Onions, White Vermont Cheddar & Rattlesnake Sauce 18

You can vote for Smitty's in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Who serves your favorite cheeseburger?
  • Who serves your favorite gourmet burger?
  • Who serves your favorite white tablecloth burger?


  • Tel 626.792.9999
  • 110 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena
Speakeasy Pasadena
Downtown Pasadena
  • American

The Speakeasy gains inspiration from speakeasy bars during prohibition in the 1920's. 

Speakeasy Pasadena

The only difference is... it's not prohibition anymore! We offer over 200 craft beers, as well as about 40 wines by the bottle as well as many by the glass, and a very, very full bar.

Dress to impress. Our dress code is strictly enforced.
-No baseball caps
-No shorts
-No baggy attire
-No tennis shoes
-No athletic wear
-No bandanas

For SIP-tember, Speakeasy offers:

  • Capone Old Fashioned: Smoked Maple Wood, Bitters 2 way, Bourbon
  • Strawberry Surprise: Fresh Muddled Strawberries, Sage, House Lemon Juice, House Infused Strawberry Lemon Vodka

If you have any questions or comments feel free to give us a call or shoot us a message.

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.....Well you will have to email us at ( and let us know why you would like to visit.

The Counter
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers

Custom Built Burgers

Step into The Counter® and you’re greeted with a clipboard and an extensive list of fresh mouth-watering ingredients that allow you to build your own gourmet burger. Our 312,120+ different burger combinations make every burger as unique as each customer. Rarely is the same burger made twice in one day.

Anti-Established in 2003, The Counter® is the 21st century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint. Ushering in a fresh era of industrial decor, today’s music, cold beer, unique wines, cocktails, and burger options that are only limited by your imagination.

For Cheeseburger Week, The Counter offers their signature "Old School" Burger (1/3 pound Hormone Antibiotic Beef, Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Pickles on a Brioche Bun with our house made relish) and Single Side Order of French Fries for $10. Guests just need to say to their server..."Old School Cheeseburger Week Special!"

Check out the full menu here.

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for The Counter in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Lunch Counter Burger (The Old School Burger)
  • Favorite Turkey Burger (Chipotle Turkey Burger)
True Food Kitchen
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • Healthy
  • American
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire toTrue Food Kitchen give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living.

With a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options we offer something for everyone. Try the kale and quinoa, you’ll live longer. Drink the seabuckthorn and acai, you’ll feel better. At True Food Kitchen, we want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process. It's honest food that tastes really good.

For Cheeseburger Week, True Food Kitchen offers the Inside Out Quinoa Burger.

You can vote for True Food Kitchen in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Alternative Burger
  • Favorite Veggie Burger
  • favorite New Restaurant for a Cheeseburger


Twohey's Restaurant
Pasadena Adjacent
  • American

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Twohey’s Restaurant, pronounced 2EE’s, wishes to thank our valued patrons for helping us serve great food and fond memories for 70 years! Our history began in 1943 when Jack Twohey first opened on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.

The restaurant had 37 seats and Twohey’s Restaurant quickly became known for serving up the finest hamburgers, onion rings and hand-dipped fountain specialties in the San Gabriel Valley. Our present location featured memorable drive-up carhop service from the fifties through the mid-seventies. Our logo always inspires many a curious expression. The Little Stinko-O®, clothes pin and tears logo was trademarked by Jack Twohey in 1943. He overheard a woman exclaim “Oh Stink-O” when a gentleman seated next to her was served a hamburger generously garnished with onions and pickles.

Twohey’s is proud to be a part of the memories that so many have experienced over the years. We hope you’ll continue to be a part of our tradition and we look forward to serving you, your friends and your families now and for generations to come!On behalf of our family and crew, we welcome you and hope to see you soon!

  • 1224 North Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra (just south of Huntington Drive)
  • 626-284-7387
  • Original Stinko Burger
  • 5 Alarm Firehouse
  • Turkey Burger
  • and many, many more.

For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for Twohey's in these categories:

  • Favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Lunch Counter Burger (The All-American)
  • Favorite Turkey Burger
  • Favorite Gourmet Burger (5 Alarm Firehouse)
Umami Burger
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers


Umami Burger: The ART of creating that perfect mouthful. It starts with the house-ground, hand-formed patty infused with the Umami Master Sauce. It builds with the carefully crafted combination of toppings resting on the lightly toasted and slightly sweet bun. It is amplified by the vibe of the room, the energy of the community and the fine-dining service with a California casual feel. Finally, it explodes with house-made sauces, paired with unique sides, accompaniments and the perfectly paired beverage. What is Umami Burger? Experience it yourself.. After one bite, you'll accept No Substitutions.

What you wanted before you even knew you wanted it.

A beer, a burger and truffle fries. Where YUM is the new WOW! So ahhh! One BADASS BITE!

shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup

house-made truffle cheese, truffle glaze

4 types of green chiles, house cheese, spice up your life!

blue cheese, port-caramelized onions

butter lettuce, slow-roasted tomato, house spread, house-made American cheese, caramelized onions

shelton farms turkey, crushed avocado, green cheese, butter lettuce, sprouts, green goddess

mushroom & edamame patty, white soy aioli, truffled ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce, slow-roasted tomato

beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, bacon lardon

hand-chopped ahi tuna, crushed avocado, daikon sprouts, pickled ginger, wasabi flakes

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Conceived as “fine-dining fast food,” Umami Burger creates unique combinations of ingredients naturally high in umami, the savory ‘fifth taste.’ The result is a sophisticated selection of burgers, sides and accompaniments.

Umami is a Japanese word describing the pleasant and savory taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides that occur naturally in foods.

Along with the burgers, sides, and salads, Umami Pasadena also features L.A. Creamery Ice Cream, and a curated wine and beer list, as well as cocktails!

Enjoy the Umami Burger.Hatch Burger, Truffle Burger and more.

Vote for Umami Burger in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • Favorite Burger
  • Favorite gourmet burger
  • Favorite turkey burger

shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup - See more at:

shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup - See more at:

   The ART of creating that perfect mouthful. It starts with the house-ground, hand-
formed patty infused with the Umami Master Sauce. It builds with the carefully
crafted combination of toppings resting on the lightly toasted and slightly sweet
bun. It is amplified by the vibe of the room, the energy of the community and the
fine-dining service with a California casual feel. Finally, it explodes with
house-made sauces, paired with unique sides, accompaniments and the perfectly paired
beverage. What is Umami Burger? Experience it yourself.. After one bite, you'll accept
No Substitutions.

- See more at:


Urban Plates
South Lake Avenue, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Farm to plate and won't break the bank. Urban Plates is a fresh new concept in dining out.

Urban Plates was created for people who care about what they eat. Menu offerings include Urban Platesfamiliar foods made with quality ingredients – made from scratch daily. Classic plates start at $11, grass-fed steak, Jidori free range chicken, wild caught albacore tuna, turkey meatloaf and salmon, and are served with a choice of sides and focaccia bread. Hand-tossed entrée salads, sandwiches, pizzettes, soups and braises round out the menu. Guests are advised to save room for dessert. Urban Plates’ in-house pastry chefs bake a flourless chocolate cake, coconut lemon cake, hummingbird cake and a signature mango tart, in addition to a seasonally changing variety of cakes and desserts. Beverages complement the variety of dining options. Selections include probiotic Kombucha on tap, local craft beers, wine and organic house-made juice replenishers in refreshing combinations.

Urban Plates’ friendly and interactive service is featured in an environment that encourages guests to simplify, slow down, and connect in an otherwise complicated, chaotic and disconnected world. Urban Plates is located at 269 S. Lake Avenue, near the corner of E. Del Mar Blvd, and is open for lunch and dinner beginning at 11am daily. Online orders accepted for pick-up and delivery. Catering available for groups of 15 and more.

For Cheeseburger Week, Urban Plates offers its Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich.

You Can vote for Urban Plates in  the following categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:

  • favorite Cheeseburger
  • Favorite Alternative Cheeseburger
  • Favorite New Restaurant for a Cheeseburger


  • 269 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
  • 626-800-4448
  • Store Hours
    Sunday - Thursday : 11am - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday : 11am - 10pm
Vertical Wine Bistro
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Eclectic
  • Full Bar
  • Regional


Set above the streets of Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers a warm, inviting dining experience with an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. Using inspiration from a vast culinary background, our Chefs utilize only the freshest ingredients when crafting our menu. Owners Rick and Colleen Liss' mission is to provide a culinary experience focused on service and satisfaction while delivering fresh and delicious fare. Every meal is a journey that we value and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of. Vertical offers dining in the "Library" and Lounge as well as private dining and special events in the "Cellar". Whether you are on a night out with friends or celebrating an anniversary. We are here to help make it memorable for all.

Vertical Wine Bistro is featuring their sliders during Cheeseburger Week. Vote in the Cheeseburger Challenge.

  • Reservations call 626-795-3999
  • Vertical Wine Bistro is upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue (north of Union Street) in Old Pasadena.
White Horse Lounge
Old Pasadena
  • American
White Horse Lounge



That’s all we hope you get when you spend some time with us. Bring a group of friends or just pop in and we’ll be your company.  We’re here for the great conversation, complemented by the food and drink that it pairs best with.  Throughout history the “White Horse” has always represented something unique, exciting…and at times even majestic. We’re here to follow that lead. With a bar program developed by some of LA’s most exciting mixologists, a kitchen run by a fearless team of chefs, and entertainment that makes every night a new experience – we hope to provide every one of you a place where you can truly appreciate how great life can be.

For Cheeseburger Week, at White Horse Lounge you can find:

  • ARROYO BURGER • 1/2 lb Brisket/Chuck Blend Patty, Cheddar, House Dressing, Traditional Garnish • 15

  • BISON BURGER • House-Baked Honey Wheat Bun, Havarti, Roasted Pasilla, Cumin Mayo • 20


Take the joy of comfort, mix in the freshness of local sourcing, and sit back to enjoy our menu of deliciousness. Small plates, steaks, salads, truffle fries…check the full menu here.


Made from fresh ingredients, no refined sugars, with an ode to the craft of true cocktail making. Our whiskey selection is strong, and so are the drinks! Cheers!


White Horse is part of a family of great Los Angeles restaurants managed by The PRGRM, including Craft Hill in South Pasadena, Monrovia, and West Covina.


Whole Foods Market - Arroyo / 110 & Bellevue
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers
  • Healthy

At Whole Foods Market®, "healthy" means a whole lot more. It goes beyond good for you, to also encompass the greater good. Whether you're hungry for better, or simply food-curious, we offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.

To give you the best experience and products, we consider quality the highest form of value. Here that means strict standards that take into account such things as artificial food preservatives, sustainable seafood, animal welfare, antibiotics in meat and pesticides in vegetables. We don’t sell just anything, because when you want natural food products, we are committed to going beyond your expectations.

  • In celebration of Cheeseburger Week, 110 & Bellevue, located inside Whole Foods Market Arroyo is featuring their popular Pub Burger. The Pub Burger is an all-natural grass fed burger with lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, garlic aioli, bacon jam and your very own choice of cheese added at no extra in celebration of Cheeseburger Week! This delicious burger also comes with a side of fries, salad, or seasonal veggies for only $12.
  • Stop by Thursday, January 12th for a Tap Takeover with Ballast Point Brewery we’re we’ll be debuting “ The Puffer Burger” – a super special burger we’ve been working on! See you there, cheers!


Yahaira's Cafe
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
  • Mexican

In addition to the Yahaira Burger, chef Armando Ramirez will be creating a special alternative to the classic cheeseburger, the Zacatecas Burger especially for Cheeseburger Week. 


Yahaira’s Café was established in January of 2000 as an offshoot of the well-known El Portal Restaurant in Pasadena. Owner Armando Ramirez started out at 16 years old as a cook at the Athenaeum of Cal Tech. He went to Culinary School at Los Angeles Trade Tech and then started as Head Chef at his father’s restaurant, El Portal, at the age of 19. His dream was to open his own restaurant and thus Yahaira’s Café was born. It was named after his eldest daughter and is Venezuelan for La Diosa de las mujeres…”Goddess of all females”.

We are conveniently located in the Playhouse District of Pasadena, ½ a block from the Pasadena Playhouse, across the street from Laemmle Theatre and just one mile east of historic Old Town Pasadena.

Yahaira’s Café offers Nuevo Latino cuisine, which is a fusion of Latin-American food available by presenting an array of salads, sandwiches, and wraps. We serve breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and dinner Thursday thru Saturday with a different in specials for each night. An for dinner is our Pasilla Chiles stuffed with grilled Chicken Adobado, black beans, onions, tomatoes and corn. We have a classic guitarist during the evening on Friday and Saturday for your musical entertainment.

Please come and join us for one of the most pleasurable, satisfying experiences in dining. We look forward to serving you.

  • 698 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
  • Telephone: 626-844-3254

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Pasadena Restaurant Week pricing:
($) = $15 lunch and/or $27 dinner
($$) = $20 lunch and/or $36 dinner
($$$) = $25 lunch and/or $45 dinner
Price excludes tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Some prices may vary.

Open for Lunch
Open for Dinner