Celebrate America’s favorite food in the city where it was invented.


The public is invited to take the Cheeseburger Challenge and vote for their favorite burger at during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. Voting opens on Sunday, January 15th and ends on Monday, January 23rd. There are many categories of voting, from traditional cheeseburgers to gourmet burgers to cheeseburger alternatives and much more.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the birth of the cheeseburger in the home of the cheeseburger: Pasadena, California, from January 15 -20, 2012. During Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, we commemorate teenaged Lionel Sternberger’s culinary experiment in the early 1920s at his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot on West Colorado Boulevard.

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.
CREPEstudio, Beckham Grill and Crown Pub, Lovebirds Café, Soleil at the Sheraton, Jersey Mike’s, Noir Food and Wine and Kings Row Gastropub join Pie ‘n Burger, a/k/a: an American bistro, The Counter, Burger Continental, Clearman’s Galley, Toro Sushi, Magnolia Lounge, Vertical Wine Bistro, El Portal, M Local Mediterranean Grill and many others in offering a cheeseburger or cheeseburger alternative during the week of January 15 to January 20, 2012. Try them all and vote for your favorite in our Cheeseburger Challenge.
Special menus, deals and discoveries can be found online at
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce with support from the City of Pasadena and is a California Restaurant Month event.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves 1500 members.


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