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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are August 15th through September 24th. 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 and click on EVENTS.

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2016 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, 2016.

If you want your restaurant to be included in Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014, click on Register My Restaurant to sign up or email for details.

You can narrow your selection choices here:

Cheeseburger Week January 10-15

Cheeseburger Week and the Cheeseburger Challenge return to Pasadena from Sunday, January 10th through Friday, January 15th. 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. Rite Spot photoRather 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.

Complete Alphabetical List of Participants follows:

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a/k/a Bistro

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, [caption id="attachment_3312" align="alignright" width="154"]The Kombucha Cocktail from a/k/a Bistro The Kombucha Cocktail from a/k/a Bistro[/caption] 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. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, a/k/a offers:
  • The Kombucha Cocktail: Selvarey Panamanian Rum, Raspberry Liquer, Fresh Lime, Pomegranate Kombucha
  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena

Alondra Hot Wings

Our vision here, at Alondra Hot Wings, is to build a respectable franchise serving qualityalondra logofood for families, with great service in a quality atmosphere. It is an Obligation for any member thereof to hold true and carry out this task. We as a whole want to build a solid reputation for our flagship slogan, “Best Wings in Town!” To ensure that this fine establishment meets its said goal, each member of this unit must conform and deliver their end of the employee agreement. My World Enterprises Incorporated wishes to expand construction of new restaurants in new locales, creating a broad demographic, resulting in customer satisfaction in taste and atmosphere, as well as beautifying the land and city its occupying, making Alondra Hot Wings the preferred choice when dining out. For Cheeseburger Week, Alondra Hot Wings offers these special burgers in the [caption id="attachment_3466" align="alignright" width="300"]Alondra's Brooklyn Burger Alondra's Brooklyn Burger[/caption] Cheeseburger Challenge:
  • Brooklyn Burger: One of Alondra’s quintessential burger creations! Definitely a must try for any burger fan that has a craving for more than just the standard cheeseburger. Piled high with lettuce, tomato, fresh onion, crispy fried onion chips, savory bacon and topped with melted American and Provolone chesses. Finished with a drizzle of tangy sweet BBQ sauce and dressed with 1000 island and mayo.
  • The Empire State Burger (ESB): An awe-inspiring-sight of a burger that [caption id="attachment_3467" align="alignright" width="300"]The Empire State Burger at Alondra Hot Wings The Empire State Burger at Alondra Hot Wings[/caption] can only be donned a name suitable of greatness! It’s massively constructed with a seasoned beef patty topped with a layer of savory mac n cheese grilled on the flat top to a crispy seal, mouth-watering bacon and melted cheddar cheese. It sits on a bed of romaine lettuce and ripe tomato. Dressed with mayo. It’s truly a sight to behold!
  • Alondra Hot Wingds is at 2675 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
  • Phone: (323) 274-1024
  • Website:

Bacchus’ Kitchen

Chef Claud Beltran and business partner Stewart Suckling open a new bistro at Washington Bacchus Kitchenand Hill in north central Pasadena. Bacchus' Kitchen features fresh ingredients finely prepared in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Bacchus' Kitchen offers up two very special burgers for Cheeseburger Week.
  • The Cajun: Beef, pork and andouille sausage patty, brie, grilled red onion, tomato & remoulade sauce on toasted brioche bun.
  • The Dionysis Burger: Angus beef patty, drunken goat cheese, zinfandel caramelized onion & port wine reduction on a toasted poppy seed onion brioche from Seed Bakery
Wine and beer complements any meal.

Big Daddy’s Fire Grill

The original Big Daddy's Fire Grill is located at 2122 East Foothill Blvd., right next Big Daddy logodoor 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, Big Daddy burgerDaugs, 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.

Brookside Golf Club Restaurant (breakfast and lunch only)

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.
  • For Cheeseburger Week, Brookside offers a classic cheeseburger and more.

Cameron’s Seafood

In 1984, Cameron's Seafood first opened its doors to seve the rose city its freshest Cameron signseafood, 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 Restaurant

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. For Cheeseburger Week, Central Park offers this special menu: Central Park Pasadena Cheeseburger Week 2016 menu including:
  • The Dagwood Burger 11.95: Melted Cheddar & Grilled Onions. Pickles, Lettuce and Tomatoes on the side.
  • The Park Burger 12.95: Gorgonzola Cheese, crispy Onions, Arugula & Red Wine Reduction Sauce
  • Avocado Bacon Burger 12.95: Swiss Cheese and Basil Aioli
  • Bistro Burger 12.95: Ground Sirloin stuffed with Olive Tapenade and topped with Goat Cheese, Dijon Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onions
  • Plum BBQ Burger 12.95: “Our own” Asian inspired BBQ Sauce, Jack Cheese, Slaw, Lettuce & Tomato 

Clearman’s Galley


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
Clearman Orange JuliusYou 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®.


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. The Counter has a Cheeseburger Week special. Check out the full menu here.
  • 140 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena CA 91101
  • Telephone: 626-440-1008
  • For the Cheeseburger Challenge, you can vote for The Counter in these categories:
    • Favorite Cheeseburger
    • Favorite Veggie Burger (Unique Veggie)
    • Favorite Lunch Counter Burger (The Counter Burger)
    • Favorite Turkey Burger (Taco Turkey)

Del Frisco’s Grille

Local flavor fit to be shared. Our diverse and delicious menu has something for everyone.del friscos logo 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 offers the Wagyu Patty Melt special and the Grille Prime Cheeseburger.
  • 150 South Lake Avenue, Suite 150
  • 626-765-9913

Dog Haus

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:
You can vote for Dog Haus in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:
  • Favorite Burger
  • Favorite traditional cheeseburger
  • Favorite sliders

Dog Haus Biergarten

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 Cheeseburger Challenge, Dog Haus Biergerten offers several burgers. Vote for Dog Haus Biergarten in these categories: .Serving The Absolute Würst daily in Pasadena, CA.    

Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery

Dupar's is dedicated to the highest quality food and customer service delivered with a Dupar Logosense 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.

  • Du-par's Pasadena Cheeseburger Week offerings include: 
  • 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.

dusitD2 hotel constance pasadena

Pasadena’s newest dining and social destinations, Hotel Constance’s signature restaurant Dusit 2and cocktail lounge combine striking design with innovative culinary offerings and superb service for a truly special experience. With a modern, sophisticated design and furnishings, hand-crafted cocktails such as its signature blublossom, an eclectic wine list, premium artisanal beers, and unique presentations of bar bites and small plates, the bluRoom is the most sought-after cocktail destination in Pasadena. For Cheeseburger Week, dusit D2 offers:
  • Dusit Burger: Banh Mi style - Ground beef and pork with Starr anise and garlic, pickled carrot and cilantro, sweet chili aioli and melted Brie
Open daily:
  • Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12 midnight (serving food until 10 pm)
  • Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 am (serving food until 11 pm)
Executive Chef Claud Beltran brings his lends his epicurean experience and culinary team to the Constance Restaurant.


Welcome to The Eatery by Claud & Co Catering in Pasadena. We are proud to feature a relaxed open-kitchen restaurant where once a month there’s a new theme of food. One month may focus on a region or culture of food and then the next month centers around specific ingredients indicative of the time period. We always follow the seasons and source local foods. The Eatery is an extension of our catering company. After so many years of catering and menu planning, we thought, “Why not share this idea with the public?”
The “& Co.” part of Claud & Co. to us is an important part of what we do. Our staff has worked together for a long time and we would like to welcome you to join our “family” for dinner. We look forward to meeting you. Our unique dining experience will be available Tuesday through Friday evenings. We have saved Saturday through Monday nights for private dining of groups with twelve or more and private catering off site. For Cheeseburger Week, Chef Claud offers these special burgers:
  • Night in the Alps Burger : House ground Angus beef, melted raclette, caramelized onions & butter lettuce on a house made brioche bun
  • The Wurst Burger: Bratwurst patty, pickled red cabbage, swiss cheese, & whole grain mustard on toasted house made ciabatta




488 N. Allen Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106

El Cholo Cafe

It was a landmark year in 1927. Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs, Charles 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 [caption id="attachment_3320" align="alignright" width="225"]The Habanero Martini from El Cholo The Habanero Martini from El Cholo[/caption] Carmen Rocha. But there is one thing that El Cholo® is especially known for and that is our famous El Cholo® MargaritasEl 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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, El Cholo offers:
  • Apple Margarita: Fresh apple, silver tequila, sweet and sour
  • Habanero Martini: Vodka, habanero peppers, cocktail onions
  • Watermelon Basil Margarita: Herradura Silver, fresh watermelon, fresh lime juice, El Cholo's Famous Margarita Mix, agave nectar, basil

El Portal

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 Zacatecas Burger in the Favorite Burger, Favorite Ethnic Burger and Favorite Alternative Burger categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge ®.
Muchas Gracias.

Gale’s Restaurant (lunch only)

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

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 can enjoy an All American Burger or one of Green Street's specially prepared burgers.

Kathleen’s Restaurant

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
For Cheeseburger Week you can have a  great burger at Kathleen's.

Kings Row Gastropub

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 
Kings Row burger. 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

Lucky Baldwin’s Pubs (there are three)

Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners David Lucky BaldwinFarnworth 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
Website: For Cheeseburger Week, Lucky Baldwin's has specials and much more. Download the discount coupon here: Lucky Baldwin's Cheeseburger Week 2015 special

Magnolia House

Built over 100 years ago, it’s been a family home, a post-Prohibition liquor store and a myriad of modern businesses. The only consistency is the timelessness of the house and the stories it contains, as it’s reinvented once again into a neighborhood gathering place. Magnolia House is a hideaway for those in the know – offering unique craft cocktails and a small plate menu from around the world. Come in through our gate and take a seat at Magnolia House.
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  • Chloe Comes to Pasadena: Vodka, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime, Campari
  • A Thyme for Gentlemen: Stone fruit-infused gin, fresh lemon juice, apricot liqueur, thyme, Angostura bitters

Meat District Company

RIBS! BURGER! BEER!meat-district-logo 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).

Pie ‘n Burger

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. Pie 'n Burger has a Pasadena Restaurant 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

POP Champagne and Dessert 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. At POP there is no need to feel intimidated by an endless list of wines when you can speak [caption id="attachment_3306" align="alignright" width="220"]POP Champagne Bubbly Sour POP Champagne Bubbly Sour[/caption] 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 a delicious assortment of sliders.
  • Telephone: (626) 795-1295 [caption id="attachment_3307" align="alignright" width="205"]The Sparkly Mule from POP Champagne. The Sparkly Mule from POP Champagne.[/caption]

Real Food Daily

Real Food Daily is Southern California’s premiere organic vegan restaurant serving a quality, authentic, creative, and nutritionally balanced menu. Since 1993, RFD has been a cherished destination where community happens around education, connection and hospitality, over delicious, accessible food that’s real.
  • 899 East Del Mar Boulevard (at Lake Avenue) in Pasadena
  • (626) 844-8900
Cheeseburger Week specials include:  

Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ

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.

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

Rounds Premium Burgers

Founded in 2011 by brothers George and Charbel Ghaby, Rounds Premium Burgers is a Rounds logofun, 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.Rounds burger Build your own at Rounds or choose one of these favorites:

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 [caption id="attachment_3322" align="alignright" width="155"]The Royal Street Gin and Tonic from Ruth's Chris Steak House The Royal Street Gin and Tonic from Ruth's Chris Steak House[/caption] 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 Steak House has a delicious lunch burger.

Slater’s 50/50

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.
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.

The Hilton Pasadena-Grill 168

Grill 168 and The Lounge at the Hilton Pasadena offer exquisitely crafted food and cocktails in a warm, comfortable, intimate setting. Enjoy cocktails inside or on the private outdoor patio. For Cheeseburger Week, Grille 168 at the Hilton offers the specially crafted Beast from the Middle East. Download the menu here: CHEESEBURGER WEEK_2016 Grill 168 at The Hilton Enjoy great food and drink at The Hilton Pasadena. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, the Hilton Pasadena offers: [caption id="attachment_3297" align="alignright" width="165"]The Autumn Rye Rickey at The Hilton Pasadena The Autumn Rye Rickey at The Hilton Pasadena[/caption]
  • The Autumn Rye Rickey: Lime wheels, maple syrup, fresh lime juice, Bulliet Rye Bourbon, club soda
  • The Cranberry Gimlet: Grey Goose Citron, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, agave syrup

Twohey’s Restaurant

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

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!
Umami Burger
shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup
Truffle Burger
house-made truffle cheese, truffle glaze
Hatch Burger
4 types of green chiles, house cheese, spice up your life!
Port Burger
blue cheese, port-caramelized onions
Socal Burger
butter lettuce, slow-roasted tomato, house spread, house-made American cheese, caramelized onions
The Greenbird
shelton farms turkey, crushed avocado, green cheese, butter lettuce, sprouts, green goddess
Earth Burger
mushroom & edamame patty, white soy aioli, truffled ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce, slow-roasted tomato
Manly Burger
beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, bacon lardon
Ahi Tuna Burger
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.

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Vertical Wine Bistro

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.  Inventive dishes created by Chef Laurent Quenioux (Bistro K, Bistro LQ).  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 Vertical Lolitafavorite since 2008. 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.

Walrus and the Hedgehog

The Walrus and The Hedgehog is a joint project created by Sean Cardamone, Shannon Clapham, and Travis Desmond, three friends who love to play with food. After years of experience in kitchens across California, a friend asked us to cater her wedding as a team; the success of that collaboration made us realize we wanted to continue to work together to share our passion for seasonal farm to table cuisine. Each of us brings our own culinary personality to the table, and our vision combines a commitment to technique, artistry, and experimentation. We craft our menus with care so that each meal is a unique celebration of time and place, whether for an extravagant wedding or an intimate dinner party. In addition to event and corporate catering, we have launched a stand at the Holly Street Farmers’ Market in Pasadena to highlight local produce and explore new flavors. Come visit us at the market or contact us to start planning your next event. The Walrus and the Hedgehog is a catering company using farmers market fresh concoctions to delight the most critical of palates. Catering Info: As a catering company we are always available. We work directly with the client to create menu that are best suited for each individual event. We cater everything from weddings to staff meetings to grand openings. Farmers Market Info: Sundays at Holly Street Farmers Market in Pasadena,Ca from 9am-2pm. Taste their cheeseburger here, along with lots of other tasty items. Cuisine: American (New), American (Traditional), Asian Fusion, Barbeque, British, Brunch, Buffets, Burgers, Cajun/Creole, Chinese, Food Stands, German, Greek and Mediterranean, Indian/Pakistani, Irish, Italian, Korean, Latin American, Mexican, Pizza, Russian, Sandwiches, Seafood, Southern, Steakhouses, Tapas Bars, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian and Vietnamese.

Yahaira’s Cafe

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week pricing:
($) = $15 lunch and/or $26 dinner
($$) = $20 lunch and/or $35 dinner
($$$) = $25 lunch and/or $44 dinner
Price excludes tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Some prices may vary.