Thank goodness for 16-year-old Lionel’s grilling error or else an American dietary staple would never have been born—the cheeseburger.
Working at his father’s sandwich shop The Rite Spot circa 1924, young Lionel mistakenly dropped a piece of cheese onto a grilling hamburger. The nation owes the elder Mr. Sternberger a debt of gratitude for not firing his son on the spot.
In celebration of one of Pasadena’s more notable claims to fame (or is it?), the Chamber of Commerce presents Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, which runs from January 15th-20th. We at Hometown Pasadena suggest sticking to salad and soups for the next five days in preparation.
Local spots such as Noir Food & Wine, CRÊPEstudio, Lovebirds Cafe and Kings Row Gastropub will be offering their versions of this American classic, as well as cheeseburger-inspired dishes.
You can even vote online for your favorite nosh, taking the Cheeseburger Week Survey. So, whether you choose the Armenian Pita burger, the Holy Aioli, the Vertical Bison or a traditional CB, flex those stomach muscles and get ready to start eating burgers—cheeseburgers, that is.
Footnote: If you say grace, maybe throw in a “Thanks!” to Lionel.
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
Sunday-Friday, January 15-20
For more info, visit the Pasadena Restaurant Week website
A/K/A Bistro - 41 Hugus Alley
Beckham Grill – 77 W. Walnut
Burger Continental – 535 S. Lake
Clearman’s Galley – 7215 N. Rosemead Blvd.
The Counter – 140 Shoppers Lane
CRÊPEstudio – 99 E. Union St.
The Dog Haus – 104 N. Hill St.
Dog Haus Biergerten – 93 E. Green St.
El Portal – 695 E. Green St.
Gale’s (lunch only) – 452 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Green Street Restaurant – 146 Shoppers Lane
Jersey Mike’s Subs – 122 S. Lake Ave.
Kings Row Gastropub – 20 E. Colorado Ave., Ste. 120
Lebanese Kitchen – 1383 E. Washington Blvd.
Lovebirds Cafe – 921 E. Colorado Blvd.
M Local Mediterranean Grill – 105 N. Hill Ave.
Magnolia Lounge – 492 S. Lake Ave.
Noir Food & Wine – 40 N. Mentor Ave.
Pie ‘n Burger – 913 E. California Blvd.
POP Champagne & Dessert Bar – 33 E. Union St.
Quadrupel Brasserie – 43 E. Union St.
Red, White + Bluezz – 70 S. Raymond Ave.
Soleil at the Sheraton – 303 Cordova St.
Toro Sushi, Bar, Lounge – 2675 E. Colorado Blvd.
Vertical Wine Bistro – 70 N. Raymond Ave.
Yahaira’s Cafe – 698 E. Colorado Blvd.