Burger Wars Battle One: Pasadena’s Pie N’ Burger

Burger Wars Battle One: Pasadena’s Pie N’ Burger

This one is for those hungry travelers wandering the street wondering where to find a sloppy delicious comforting burger, fries, shake or pie.

Burger places seem to be the upcoming rage (again). Pasadena hosts every style of fantastic burger from In N Out and small burger joints to the fancy foodie Umamai Burger with everything in between. Here at Pasadena Pilot we have decided to dedicate a new series to exploring the best burgers in town.

Stop 1: Pie N Burger

This one is for those hungry travelers wandering the street wondering where to find a sloppy delicious comforting burger, fries, shake or pie.

Pie N’ Burger is not a very closely held secret in Pasadena. The small diner has been around since 1963 serving arguably the best burger in town. Well, it’s certainly the best old school diner burger.  There is nothing high end or fancy here. Swivel chairs, Formica counter tops, a few tables, cash only- it’s a throw back directly into the 1960’s.

Pie N Burger has a relatively full menu of breakfast items, though it’s a mystery why anyone would order them.  The place is called Pie N Burger! You know what you should be ordering. The burger menu is simple and classic with beef, turkey or veggie burgers with or without cheese, onions grilled or not (grilled for sure) and the sauce the sends you directly into burger bliss. There’s some lettuce on there and a tomato for good measure.  It’s a perfect combination of saucy, meaty, cheesy-ness.

The order of fries is huge. One order for at least two to share will probably still be too many fries. Again, nothing pretentious here. These are the fries you an count on. Simple, fried to perfection and never a soggy or limp one hiding at the bottom of the plate. Get them with a side of the thick and creamy Ranch dressing for dipping. It blows away your notions of ketchup for life.

The pie… Yes, they have pie. It is delicious. You almost have to visit Pie N Burger in shifts to be able to experience all the goodness it has to offer. Perhaps take a pie to go. They are all good. Of course, they are. It’s pie!

It can get a little pricey for a simple burger. A recent standard 2 burgers and fries for 2 was about $20.

Pie N Burger
913 East California Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91106
(Corner of Lake Ave. and California Blvd)
(626) 795-1123
6 am to 10 pm most days

 

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