Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pie 'n Burger

Pasadena is the food capital of the world, as far as I'm concerned. Many of my favorite restaurants are there, such as Barney's, Marston's, The Hat, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, Julienne and Green Street. But, if you really want a good burger, you gotta try Pie 'n Burger. It's a great little hole in the wall place on the border of San Marino, and a true landmark of the neighborhood. If you exit the 210 freeway at Lake Avenue and head south, and then turn left on California, you'll be right there. Rich and I were out in Arcadia today looking at porch furniture, so we decided to stop there for lunch. We hadn't been there for 20-something years, and by the end of the meal I was really kicking myself for that. I spent the drive home trying to figure out why.


The restaurant is a great nostaligic place with mostly counter seating. You can tell it's been there awhile because the posted menu looks like it's been whited-out and prices upped. It's not cheap here - lunch for two = $25. But you get what you pay for -it's quality food. The waitresses still even mix the sodas by hand with syrup. Be prepared for a bit of a wait, but I promise you won't be disappointed. The waitresses are skilled and friendly, the food is fast, hot and delicious. Their burgers are up there in the top three I've ever had (aren't you dying to know the other two? OK: The Apple Pan on Pico & The Burger Joint in New York.) The patties are juicy and have a nice crust and come on the perfect bun, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, fresh or grilled onions if you like, and thousand island dressing. The fries are out of this world - one order is plenty to share.

Does this not make your mouth water??
And, be sure to save room for pie -we thought the boysenberry was perfect- they don't call it Pie 'n Burger for nothing, y'know. You really shouldn't leave without at least splitting a piece, and ask for it warm! They claim to have 22 types of pie, including (in season) olalieberry, strawberry and peach. All house-made, every morning.

Incidentally, if I haven't convinced you to go there YET, I'll have you know that in 2008, Pie 'n Burger received not only the best burger award (City Search) but the best pie award. The best burger and the best pie, all under one roof - how convenient is that? C'mon, you don't get those awards for just ordinary food, folks.

You gotta go. Really, you do. It's SO good!

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