Pasadena Cheeseburger Week runs through Friday
The popular Freiburger made with beef, cole slaw, french fries, white American cheese and a fried egg at the Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena in celebration of Cheeseburger Week. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer / January 11, 2013)
It's Pasadena Cheeseburger Week from today through Friday, with a whole slate of local eateries participating and offering special deals in a culinary challenge. Participants can chow down on cheeseburgers and vote for their favorite restaurants at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com.
There are several categories, including favorite burger restaurant, favorite lunch-counter burger, favorite sit-down/white-tablecloth burger, favorite sliders and favorite new burger restaurant. The site will accept votes through Jan. 21, though the special deals will end Friday.
Legend has it that a teenager named Lionel Sternberger was the first person to place a piece of cheese on a burger — in the early 1920s at his father's restaurant, the Rite Spot on West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. According to legend, he burned a hamburger and placed the cheese on it to cover up the mistake — and a hit was born.