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Jan 8, 2013

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The new Slater’s 50/50, Trattoria Neapolis, and Kings Row Gastropub are a few to get into the action, vying for the top burger as consumers have six days to munch and compare and cast their votes for Favorite Sit-Down/White Tablecloth Burger, Favorite New Burger Restaurant, Favorite Beer and Burger, and Favorite Sliders, to name a few categories.

Sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Cheeseburger Week commemorates teenaged Lionel Sternberger’s culinary experiment in the early 1920s at his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot on West Colorado Boulevard. 

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Legend has it that young Lionel Sternberger burned a hamburger and, to cover his error, added a slice of cheese to the burger then served it to a delighted customer. Either that or a hobo, wanting a little extra protein, asked the kid behind the counter to add cheese to his $0.15 hamburger and the rest is culinary history.  The Rite Spot’s Aristocratic Burger was a favorite with customers for decades and was priced at that same $0.15 for twenty years.

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Burger à la Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar

Here’s a good, short CNN piece on this: The birthplace of the cheeseburger.

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Chef Claud Beltran’s Noir Food & Wine burger

Other participants include Kings Row Gastropub, Clearman’s Gallery, Toro Sushi, a/k/a: an American Bistro, The Counter, Japon Bistro, Magnolia Lounge, and of course Pie ‘n Burger. But these are only a few of the 43 (yes, forty-three, so eat another salad, ’cause fat and carb heaven is in your future!) eateries that will be competing for top honors. Visit PasadenaRestuarantWeek.com for a complete listing.

 




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