The cheeseburger is alive and well in Pasadena. After flying very close to the culinary sun for a few years, the lovable beef and bun combo has been replaced at the top with upscale Mexican food and gourmet BBQ. But in Pasadena, the rumored birthplace to the cheeseburger itself, the simple meal still earns a starring role in one production a year — Cheeseburger Week.
This year’s week-long burger feast runs from January 11 to 16. It’s bigger than ever too, thanks to the introduction of a few new additions like Meat District Company to the Old Town landscape. Slater’s 50/50, the signature Southern California restaurant known for mixing pork into their patties, will obviously be on hand alongside some of Pasadena’s more longtime restaurants, like Lucky Baldwin’s and Pie ’n Burger. Even national chains like Ruth’s Chris and The Counter are getting in on the fun.
To help up the ante, Cheeseburger Week organizers have put together possible burger crawl itineraries for groups of folks to enjoy, either down Lake Avenue, or at some of the more upscale options in Old Town. There’s a cheeseburger challenge where restaurants entice customers to vote for them in the final standings for Pasadena’s best burger, and burgeoning chain Dog Haus is even returning their annual slider eating competition.
Full details on Pasadena Cheeseburger Week can be found here, including menus, deals and any one-off specials that restaurants may be running in anticipation of the event.