SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are August 15th through September 25th. The four finalist cocktails meet to determine Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena on September 25th at the Rose Bowl. For tickets visit www.pasadena-chamber.org and click on EVENTS.
Pasadena Restaurant Week 2015 is at the end of April. Enjoy the finest Pasadena has to offer with special prix fixe menus, meals and deals.
Cheeseburger Week returns in January, 2015.
If you want your restaurant to be included in Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014, click on Register My Restaurant to sign up or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Cheeseburger Week and the Cheeseburger Challenge return to Pasadena from Sunday, January 11th through Friday, January 16th.
Join Pasadena restaurants, burger joints, lounges and more as we celebrate the invention of the cheeseburger at Pasadena’s Rite Spot. In 1924, intrepid teenager Lionel Sternberger (really!) first placed a slice of cheese on a burger and served it to a customer at his father’s roadside stand at 1500 West Colorado. Creation myths abound, but our favorites are these:
- Young Lionel was working at the Rite Spot and accidentally burned a hamburger. Rather than waste the patty (and risk his dad’s ire) Lionel placed a slice of cheese on the burned side and served it to a customer (who was delighted to have it.)
- A hobo ordered a hamburger and wanted as much as he could get so asked Lionel to add everything he could to the patty, including cheese.
- Lionel Sternberger was a culinary pioneer who was constantly experimenting with the fare at his dad’s roadside stand. He tried all sorts of things before thinking to put a slice of cheese on a hamburger, thus inventing the cheeseburger.
What is burger fact is that the Aristocratic Burger (as Lionel called it) sold at The Rite Spot for 15 cents. (You can actually see one of the menus from the 1920s at the Pasadena Museum of History.) The Sternberger family operated a restaurant on the original location into the 1960s and it remained a restaurant into the 1970s.
All of Pasadena celebrates the invention of the cheeseburger in the birthplace of the cheeseburger during a week of fun, food and cheeseburgers! Come out to your favorite restaurant or try a new one. From luxurious gourmet burgers to your basic (and delicious) cheeseburger to pub burgers and alternatives to burgers, you can find something to satisfy your cheeseburger craving in Pasadena during Cheeseburger Week.
1821 people took the Cheeseburger Challenge and voted for their favorite cheeseburger at during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week 2103. During Cheeseburger Week from January 12 to January 17th, you can vote for your favorites among several categories.
It’s not too late to plan your Cheeseburger Crawl in Pasadena. You can plan your own or follow one of our suggested Cheeseburger Crawl routes.
The results list the top vote four getters in each category (unless there were fewer than four entries). Total votes received by each of the favorites are also listed..
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce with Gold Sponsors the City of Pasadena and Trusted Choice Agents of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena.
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Happy dining in Pasadena
Conveniently 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.
- Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
- A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena
For the Cheeseburger Week, a|k|a Bistro offers a delicious Grilled Certified Angus Burger with Pepperjack, garlic aioli and housemade bacon. You can also enjoy the roasted portobello sandwich.
You can support a|k|a in the Cheeseburger Challenge® by voting for their burger for Favorite Burger, Favorite Gourmet Burger and the Portobello for Favorite Veggie Burger.
The Raymond Restaurant features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining setting. Chef Tim Guiltinan creates inspired, modernized, classic American cuisine that is global in it's scope. He combines the familiar and exotic using moden and classic cooking techniques. The wine list features a varied selection of domestic and international wines
featuring premier and boutique wineries. Join us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a special occasion – we look forward to serving you.
Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant
The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets
to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish
and The Edison
in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope
Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bar 1886 at The Raymond offers Frozen Hot Chocolate- by Chris Hoey & Gregory Gertmenian and the Calypso- by Jesus Gomez & Kelly O'Hare.
- The Calypso- by Jesus Gomez & Kelly O'Hare: Icy cold rum Manhattan made of fig-infused Hamilton pot-still rum, El Dorado 12 year, Benedictine, Carpano & a blend of Angostura and tobacco bitters.
- Frozen Hot Chocolate- by Chris Hoey & Gregory Gertmenian: Whole Mexican Chocolate, dark chocolate & unrefined Mexican sugar cane sugar are chopped & melted together; combined with hot mild & steeped in whole star anise, vanilla beans & cinnamon sticks. Spiced up with reposado tequila, frozen like an ICEE & topped with a homeade whipped cream
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 Foothill & 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.
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.
BJ’s wants to be the very definition of “WOW!” for you and your family every time
you experience our high-energy, kid-friendly restaurants. We’ve committed to being the best, serving high-quality food and beverages in a fun setting that you’ll want to come back to again and again.
It was 1978 when two guys who had a great recipe for deep dish pizza opened the first BJ’s in Santa Ana, California. The pizza was an immediate hit and, as years went by, new BJ’s restaurants were opened in beach cities along Southern California’s coastline. In 1996, with seven restaurants in operation from San Diego to Los Angeles, the first BJ’s brewery began production in our new restaurant in Brea, California. The introduction of fine handcrafted beer was welcomed by guests and the newly renamed BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery concept was launched. New menu items and new beers have been added through the years as the BJ’s brand has expanded across the U.S.
Our passionate desire to provide extraordinary value for our guests in a high-energy, fun, child-friendly environment, along with a sincere commitment to support the communities in which we do business, goes to the heart of what differentiates BJ’s from other restaurants. It is because of you, our guests, that we have been able to realize a dream and create the company and culture that thrives today. Thank you for being the biggest and most important part of what keeps our dreams alive!
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, BJ's offers BJ's Watermelon Mojito and Peachy Keen Sangria.
- BJ's Watermelon Mojito: BACARDI Dragon Berry Rum, DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon, BJ’s Signature Mojito Mix, Muddled Fresh Watermelon and Mint, Club Soda.
- Peachy Keen Sangria: Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka, Stoli Razberi Vodka, Beringer White Zinfandel, Monin White Peach, Pineapple and Orange Juice, and Grenadine
The restaurant at Brookside Golf Club looks out over one of Southern California's
loveliest golf courses. Open for breakfast and lunch, Brookside offers a full menu, as well as a full bar.
Brookside has a classic cheeseburger on the menu.
For the Cheeseburger Challenge®, Brookside Golf Club offers their famous cheeseburger.
You can vote for Brookside in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Lunch Counter Burger and Favorite Traditional Cheeseburger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge®.
California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant featuring innovative
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
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Tortilla Spring Rolls and Key Lime Pie.
Download the menu here:
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
You can vopte for the Cajun Catfiosh Sandwich in the Cheeseburger Alternative category.
Central Park specializes in mouth watering steaks, fresh fish, hand-crafted pastas and
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.
Central Park Restaurant offers their Red Sangria and Stress Reliever for the SIP-
tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
- Red Sangria: Pinot Noir red wine, Brandy, Triple Sec Liqueur, Orange Juice, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract.
- Stress Reliever: Patron Tequila, Gran Marnier Liqueur, Orange Juice, and Cranberry Juice, garnished with an orange wedge, cherry and mint sprig
JOIN US FOR BREWS AND A GREAT TIME!
Why grab a bite in a cookie-cutter restaurant when you can take a cruise on land at
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.
- 7215 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington Drive) in San Gabriel
- For information call: 626-286-1484
You can vote for Clearman's Galley in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Bar Burger and Favorite Cocktail Before or After a Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge®.
Serving Los Angeles Since 1954
Come for the Food
Stay for the Live Music Every Night, Fridays and Saturdays til Closing
“Some things in our restaurant are more obvious than others. However, the dedication to excellence and elegance is unmistakably expressed in everything we do. In a restaurant committed to the maximum, that while a good meal is simply food; a great meal is an inspiration!” ~ Ann Colombo
We have been serving our community since 1954. We serve breakfast, lunch (Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 3 PM) and dinner. Relax with our live Jazz entertainment and legendary drinks. Italian American Cuisine: Prime Rib, Steak, Chicken, Sea Food, Pasta, mouth-watering salads, side dishes and dessert. Owned and Operated by Ms. Ann Colombo.
For Cheeseburger Week, Colombo's offers their special hamburger with cheese. Colombo's also offers their Meatball Sandwich as a Cheeseburger Alternative.
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 offers The Grille Prime Cheeseburger (Double Patties, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle, Sloppy Sauce, Frites)
- 150 South Lake Avenue, Suite 150
Drop by Dog Haus for your favorite meal and sample our selection of
burgers and dogs.
At Dog Haus during Cheeseburger Week, you can find:
- Cheeseburger white american cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard, ketuchup $4.50
- THE FREIBURGER cheese, fries, coleslaw, fried egg, mayo $6.25
- The Hangover haus chili, white american cheese, smoked bacon, fried egg, mayo $7.25
- Holy Aioli white american cheese, caramelized onions, smoked bacon, haus garlic aioli $5.95
- Hail Maria sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, mayo $5.95
- The Ringer cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, bbq sauce, onion rings $5.95
- The Little Mule fried egg, pepper jack, haus tomatillo sauce, cilantro aioli, avocado $6.50
- Reuben’s Cube hot pastrami, swiss, sauerkraut 1000 island $7.25
- Big Ern McCracken 2 1/3lb angus beef patties, 1 all-beef hotdog, melted cheddar cheese, mayo $8.50
- Sliders angus beef, white american cheese, grilled onions $1.50 each
- Make it a double for only $1.75 more!
You can vote for Dog Haus in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:
- Favorite Burger
- Favorite traditional cheeseburger
- Favorite sliders
Now there's a 2nd place to enjoy the best of the wurst! Drop by Dog Haus
Biergarten for your favorite meal and sample our selection of German and California Craft beers, select wines and classic cocktails, as well as some live music. It's fun for the whole family. And it tastes good, too.
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Dog Haus Biergerten offers the Green Street Spa-Tini and the Spicy Mango Smash.
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 millions 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.
The new “beat the clock” program will offer reduced portions at a reduced price. The all-inclusive menu, offered between 4:00 – 6:00, will include soup or salad and entree, with four different meals each day. The price will change to reflect the time. If you arrive at 4:00, the meal will cost $4.00; at 4:22, the meal will cost $4.22; at 5:00, the meal will cost $5.00. The earlier you come, the better the deal.
- 214 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena
For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for Dupar's in these categories:
- Favorite cheeseburger
- Favorite lunch counter burger
- Favorite veggie burger
Eden Burger Bar is a Glendale, CA restaurant featuring innovative food, gourmet burgers,
artisanal beers, and an extensive wine list.
For Cheeseburger Week, you can visit and choose from one of these great menu items: Eden Burger Bar menu
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 Cochinita Pibil Burger, a delicious blend of Yucatan pork smothered with cheese on a grilled roll.
You can vote for the Cochinita Pibil Burger in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Ethnic Burger and Favorite Alternative Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge ®.
Gale's is a bustling bistro that features the most comprehensive selection of
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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 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.
Green Street has prepared a special Pimento Cheeseburger for Cheeseburger Week®.
For the Cheeseburger Challenge® you can vote for the tasty Pimento Cheese Burger in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Gourmet Burger and Favorite Bar Burger categories.
The Lounge at the Hilton Pasadena offers exquisitely crafted cocktails in a warm,
comfortable, intimate setting. Enjoy cocktails inside or on the private outdoor patio.
For Cheeseburger Week, Grill 168 at the Hilton offers the Tasty Basic Cheddar Cheeseburger (Seasoned Angus Beef, Cheddar, Crispy Iceberg, Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion, and a Dill Pickle on a Grilled Brioche Bun. Served with choice of Natural Cut Fries, House Made Potato Chips, Artisan Greens or Fresh Fruit.)
For the Cheeseburger Week® Gfrill 168 at the Hilton offers their delicious cheeseburger.
You can vote for Grill 168 in the Cheeseburger Challenge® in these categories:
- Favorite Burger
- Favorite Cocktail Before or After a Burger
- Favorite Bar Burger
Salt is located at Pasadena's iPic Theaters in Old Pasadena.
Salt takes the art of mixology to another level. Every cocktail at Salt is crafted from
the freshest local ingredients and custom house made infusions.
Salt is the perfect intimate setting for conversation, people watching or just meet
up with friends before and after a movie.
For the Cheeseburger Challenge®, Salt and iPic are offering THE LOADED CHEESEBURGER (½ pound dry aged burger, Black forest bacon, Confit Onions, Taleggio Cheese, Pineapple and Mustard compote, Baby Wild Arugula, served with Sweet fries and pickles, for a special price of $12.00.)
You can vote for Salt at iPic in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Gourmet Burger and Favorite Cocktail Before or After a Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge®.Salt is located at iPic Theater at 42 Miller Alley in Old Pasadena
Jake’s is a Pasadena classic dating back to the days of hot rods, surf music, and drive-in
movies. Located on Route 66 (Colorado Blvd), Jake’s has consistently served up Pasadena’s Best Burger for decades. In the 1980’s Jake’s expanded beyond burgers, adding a funky billiard hall that still ranks as one of the best places to meet friends, hang out, play billiards, have a bite and unwind in Pasadena’s Old Town.
Join us for a game of pool and a legendary Jake’s burger, and see why we’re celebrating our 66th year of business in Pasadena.
Jake's signature burgers include Jake's Original Burger, Jake's BBQ Cheeseburger, Jake's Chi,li Cheeseburger, Jake's Mushroom Swiss Burger, Jake's Teriyaki Burger as well as an extensive build your own menu.
For the Cheeseburger Challenge® you can support Jake's by voting for them for Favorite Burger, Favorite Bar Burger and Favorite Lunch Counter Burger.
Japon Bistro is a Michellin Recommended Restaurant and selected for “Best
Sushi Platter” in the July issue of Pasadena Magazine’s “Best of Pasadena”.
Japon Bistro is a Japanese Restaurant that has a Sushi Bar, Sake Bar, and a Saketini Bar found in Pasadena. We provide a Certifications for Restaurant Sake
Specialists and Sake Event Specialists. Japon Bistro has Japanese Catering, Sushi Catering, Sake Bar Catering for Weddings, Corporate Events, Corporate Catering, Corporate Luncheons, Charitable Events, Fundraisers, and more. Japon Bistro just launched a Customer's Appreciation Day Event to host a 50% discount day for our existing customers and Corporate Customers.
- Japon Bistro is located at 927 East Colorado in Pasadena.
- For more information contact call 626-744-1751
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Japon Bistro offers the Mango King and the Japanese Bloody Mary.
- The Mango King: Shochu with fresh mango juice and garnish
- Japanese Bloody Mary: Shochu, Clamato & Seasonings
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 a special classic double patty burger on
sesame brioche bun. House American cheese, pickles, 1000 island, arugula, tomatoes, and crispy red onion.
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 draught beer with a burger
Housed in Pasadena’s historic 1935 Del Mar station, La Grande Orange Café is a
testament to American cooking done really well. The menu is created each day with fresh and honest ingredients. La Grande Orange has always emphasized, fresh, organic and seasonal even before it became cool to talk about.
The menu showcases La Grande Orange Café’s ability to bring together big flavors with the most organic and fresh ingredients. The cooking takes accessible and commonly loved classics and brings them to a new level with a modern point of view. The cooking is fairly simple with a clear direction and done from the heart. Culturally, Bob’s philosophy is to just help great ingredients reach their full potential.
HAPPY HOUR in the Otis Bar
Monday - Friday: 3:00-7:00pm (1/2 Off of Beer, Housemade
Sangria, Margaritas, Mojitos & Well Drinks)
For the Cheeseburger Challenge you can vote for La Grande Orange in the Favorite Cheeseburger, Favorite Bar Burger and Favorite Gourmet Burger categories.
|Set on Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard inside the booming Live Mixx nightclub, Lobster@ Live Mixx serves the freshest lobster, east coast style. Serving delicious lobster rolls, tacos, savory soups, and many other seafood favorites. Come enjoy Maine lobster in a casual dining setting and enjoy our daily HAPPY HOUR specials - weekends included:
Happy Hour: Everyday 3-7pm (closed Mondays)
Extended Happy Hour: Thursday - 8-11pm, Friday - 8-10:30pm, Saturday: 8pm-10pm
For Cheeeseburger Week, you can vote for the Lobsters @ Live Mixx Lobster Roll in the Cheeseburger Alternative category.
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- 115 East Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena
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Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners David
Farnworth 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's Cheeseburger Week 2015 special
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
Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe
- 21 Kersting Court in Sierra Madre, CA
For Cheeseburger Week, Lucky Baldwin's has specials and much more. Download the discount coupon here: Lucky Baldwin's Cheeseburger Week 2015 special
RIBS! BURGER! BEER!
MEAT DISTRICT CO. HOOKS UP PASADENA WITH AN EXCITING NEW DINING EXPERIENCE AND AN ADDICTIVE “PADDOCK TO PLATE” INSPIRED MENU
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).
Melt It! A Grilled Cheese Company.
Classic, Gourmet, and Unique Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
A Modern Taste of Americana.
For the ultimate in grilled cheese, Melt It! offers:
- The Legend (mild cheddar on sourdough)
- The Herman (muenster, havatri, vine-ripened tomatoes, arugula on sourdough
- Tabasco melt (Tabasco butter, Monterey Jack, avocados, vine-ripened tomatoes, bacon on sourdough
- The Lar (roasted jalopenos, cream cheese, melter cheddar and bacon on white)
For the Cheeseburger Challenge®, Melt It! offers up:
- Best alternative burger: (Southbound: fried chicken, red cabbage coleslaw, Monterey Jack and Buffalo wing sauce on a French roll)
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 Pasadena. 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.
Download the special Cheeseburger Week meal coupon here: Pie 'n Burger Special Meal Coupon 2015
You can vote for Pie 'n Burger in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Lunch Counter Burger and Favorite Turkey Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge®.
Pie 'n Burger has a Pasadena Restaurant Week special meal for $10.95.
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
This neighborhood family restaurant offers a variety of appetizers, Pitas both hot
and cold, healthy burgers, salads, wood-fired pizzas, desserts, smoothies, wine and beer. It is a hip and popular place for many people who love Pita Jungles eclectic blend of fresh ingredients. Make sure to visit us for Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour. If you are looking for a great priced healthy, large portion meal, then Pita Jungle is your spot!
Pita Jungle “the art of eating healthy”®
- 626-432-7482 for information or reservations
- 43 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
For Cheeseburger Week, Pita Jungle offers a discount on each of its burgers during happy hour only.
Pita Jungle has a grilled Portabello Mushroom Burger as a Cheeseburger Alternative in the Cheeseburger Challenge. You can also try to Kafta Burger: grilled Angus beef, mixed with parsley, jalapenos, onions and pomegranate molasses. On a wheat bun, with chipotle hummus, and chopped salad of lettuce, onions, tomatoes and sumac. Served with garlic new potatoes. Kafta Burger could be your favorite burger or favorite gourmet burger in the Cheeseburger Challenge.
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.
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 the Cheeseburger Challenge, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar competes in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Sliders and Favorite Dessert After a Burger categories.
Founded in 2011 by brothers George and Charbel Ghaby, Rounds Premium Burgers is a fun, 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 Pasadena Restaurant Week, Rounds Premium Burgers offers 15% off your total food bill (alcoholic beverages not included). 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.
Build your own at Rounds or choose one of these favorites:
- THE WESTERN- BBQ SAUCE, BACON & ONION STRINGS
- THE DEVIL- BUFFALO SAUCE, BACON & BREADED JALAPEÑOS
- THE SANTA FE- CHIPOTLE AIOLI, GREEN CHILE PEPPER & JACK
- THE TRIPLE CHEESE- MELTED AMERICAN, JACK & CHEDDAR CHEESES, GARLIC AIOLI
- THE EXECUTIVE- CARAMELIZED ONIONS, BACON, BLUE CHEESE & GARLIC AIOLI
- THE HAWAIIAN- TERIYAKI SAUCE, GRILLED PINEAPPLE & JACK
- THE SLOPPER- LOTS OF CHILI, CHEESE & ONIONS
- THE CLASSIC- THE ROUNDS WAY- LETTUCE, TOMATO, ONIONS, PICKLES & 1000 ISLAND
In Hawaii, there are two things of equal importance—food and the "aloha" spirit. The
blending of these two dynamic principles is how Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine was born. European techniques and Asian cuisine meet Hawaiian hospitality to create a fine dining experience unlike any other. Where the "aloha" style of service comes straight from the heart, and where any occasion becomes an unforgettable evening.
In 1988, James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy's in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today there are 31 Roy's locations around the world—23 in the continental U.S., six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam. The restaurant was designed around a unique experience through spacious dining rooms, an expansive lounge and Roy’s signature exhibition kitchen in full view.
Nestled in the heart of picturesque and historic Pasadena, we are perfectly placed amid the tree-lined streets of the Playhouse district filled with eclectic antique shops and bookstores. We are conveniently located near the Rose Bowl, Pasadena Convention Center, Huntington Library, Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman's Bookstore. Our decadent menu is ever-changing and our award-winning wine list and cocktails will be sure to delight your guests.
Roy's has the Wagyu Burger ($9) on the Aloha Hour menu. Delicious Wagyu beef, Caramelized Onion - Truffle Mushrooms - Sunny Side Up Egg - Togarashi Aioli.
You can vote for Roy's in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Bar Burger and Favorite Cocktail Before or After a Burger in the Cheeseburger Challenge®.
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® you have to hit the bar for Ruth's Chris' famous burger.
You can vote for Ruth's Chris in the Cheeseburger Challenge® in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Bar Burger and Favorite Cocktail Before or After a Burger.
Slater’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.
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.
Our menus feature not only the popular tapas offerings, but also a full lunchtime menu of salads and sandwiches, and several entree selections, including a variety of paella, for those arriving with a more substantial appetite. Bar Celona's wine list includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular wines.
Our menu will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats. We also offer well inventive signature appetizers including Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail Martini and our famous SORRISO Crab Cakes. A wonderful selection of grilled meats including melt-in-your-month New Zealand Lamb Chops.
The extensive Martini List is fun and includes super martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe, WOK N ROLL, and a sophisticated, pink-tinged martini named the Desperate House Wife! SORRISO's Wine List includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular California and Italian
Modern American Italian
New to the Pasadena restaurant scene, Trattoria Neapolis was named one of Zagat's "Top 12 Hottest New Restaurants in LA."
The restaurant presents a full menu of antipasta, pasta, pizza from a wood burning oven, main courses, salads and desserts. Pasta, bread and salumi are house made and the menu is updated to take advantage of the freshest ingredients each season has to offer.
The wine program is vast with signature selections from Italy and California. The bar boasts 14 craft beers on tap from some of the finest artisanal brewers plus innovative cocktails have been developed by Vincenzo Marianella, nominee for American Bartender of the Year.
Open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends plus late night service on Fridays and Saturdays.
For Cheeseburger Week®, Trattoria Neapolis offers the Neapolis Burger with gorgonzola dolce cheese, balsamic tomato relish and arugula; and the Classic featuring Neapolis' secret sauce, lettuce, tomato and white cheddar.
You can vote for Trattoria Neapolis in the Cheeseburger Challenge® in these categories:
- Favorite Burger
- Favorite Gourmet Burger
- Favorite White Table Cloth Burger
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
- See more at: http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/classic-burgers/#sthash.LpZ2wG0k.dpuf
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: http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/classic-burgers/#sthash.nec8K8P6.dpuf
shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup - See more at: http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/classic-burgers/#sthash.nec8K8P6.dpuf
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
- See more at: http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/huh/#sthash.EH5IP8ZH.dpuf
Ascend a flight of stairs from a quaint Old Pasadena courtyard and you'll
find a new approach to the good life at Vertical Wine Bistro, where bistro fare is paired with a dazzling array of wines from around the world. Film producer, and local resident, Gale Anne Hurd has created this warm and welcoming setting where inventive dishes created by Chef Laurent Quenioux (Bistro K, Bistro LQ) are presented alongside wine selections by Wine Director and General Manager Manuel Mesta. Experts and novices alike are invited to peruse the eclectic wine list of over 400 domestic and international labels, many of which are available by the glass or as part of regional flights, with the help of the discerning staff. The restaurant features a sleek wine bar and lounge separated from a contemporary dining room by a custom floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar. The refined cuisine, relaxed setting, and convivial atmosphere at Vertical Wine Bistro have combined to make it a local
favorite since 2008.
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Vertical Wine Bistro offers The Lolita and the Wild Vitamin C.
- The Lolita: Blueberry, agave, orange bitters, prosecco.
- Wild Vitamin C: Titos, strawberrys, basil, lime.
- Reservations call 626-795-3999
- Vertical Wine Bistro is upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue (north of Union Street) in Old Pasadena.
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
Vote for Yahaira's in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:
- Favorite burger
- Favorite ethnic burger
- Favorite lunch counter burger