Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger: Thanks, Lionel!

Jan 5, 2014

The Counter Hamburger Little-Boy-Photo-640x480From January 12th to 17th, Pasadena salutes Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, pioneering innovation and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history at his father’s roadside stand, the Rite Spot at 1500 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.

Legend has it that the teenaged Sternberger burned a patty and, rather than throw it away and risk the ire of his boss (and Dad), he put a piece of cheese on the burned side to cover his mistake and served it to a customer who was delighted. The Aristocratic Burger (Sternberger’s hamburger with cheese) sold for 15 cents and drew customers from throughout the area. (Pasadena Chamber of Commerce)

Shall you indulge in a dry-aged burger from Kings Row Gastropub? Or, the lamb burger at Haven Gastropub + Brewery? If a cheeseburger salad sounds intriguing, you’ll want to pop over to Slater’s 50/50. If height is no object, The Counter’s monster burger may be a delightful challenge.

Commencing on Sunday, January 12th, over 40 restaurants will create and serve cheeseburgers in hopes of becoming the numero uno of cheeseburger spots in Pasadena. Voting ends January 19th. Find out every delicious detail at


Saturday, January 11th, Dog Haus in Pasadena will be hosting its first annual slider eating competition. It will be held in their Biergarten “with a DJ, local craft breweries pouring, life-size Jenga – the whole nine.” Twelve competitors will start eatin’ ’em sliders at 3 o’clock, though tunes, swag, samples, and beer will be available for consumption beginning at noon. Dog House Biergarten, 98 E. Union St., Pasadena 91105.


Haven Gastropub + Brewery's lamb burger

Haven Gastropub + Brewery’s lamb burger






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