Simple as that, Pie ‘N Burger

There are some places that remain frozen in time. Despite the build up of super disney-fied shopping areas, chain restaurants, and Crate & Barrel additions, Pasadena’s Pie ‘n Burger remains untouched since 1963. There is no need to wonder what they serve here. Sure they have ham, roast beef, and a grilled tuna sandwich but everyone comes here for the burgers and of course a slice of pie. Pie ‘n Burger was even featured in Hamburger Guru George Motz’s book, Hamburger America. (Make sure to pick that up if you at all love burgers.)

Sit at the Formica counter top or at one of the limited 4 top tables along the wall, order up a double double burger with cheese (better than the In-N-Out version), skip the so-so fries and save room for a slice of berry, peach, apple or chocolate pie. The burgers come served with lettuce, pickles, and their homemade thousand island dressing. That same grill from 1963 probably adds a little flavor too. It’s greasy, simple and one of the best burgers north of the Arroyo Seco. Not to mention it’s just a few minute walk from the Gold Line stop at Filmore!

Hot off the grill, as good as it looks

Hot off the grill, as good as it looks

The waitress actually fixed the whip cream for the photo shoot, that's service!

The waitress actually fixed the whip cream for the photo shoot, thats service!

Nothing has changed much over the years, besides the prices.

Nothing has changed much over the years, besides the prices.

Side Note: If you do stop in, make sure to check out the Chronicle Wine Cellar (owned by the Pie ‘n Burger family) located in the parking lot right behind Pie-n-Burger. They have some great deals and unique wines. They were about to close for remodeling last time I was there, but will re-open soon.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

6 Responses to “Simple as that, Pie ‘N Burger”

  1. November 4, 2008 at 6:34 pm #

    that sear on the patty looks great.

  2. November 5, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    The Chronicle is remodeling? That implies that it was “modeled” at some point in the past. I loved the Chronicle and its staff when I lived in Pasadena, but if any place was a “hole in the wall”, that was it. I hope it doesn’t end up “Disney-fied”.

    I was never a big fan of Pie-n-Burger. I preferred the nearby Pete’s Grandburger (now defunct) where you could get a good burger (with chili), fries, and a drink for under $5 back around 2000.

  3. Matt Mitchell
    November 5, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Yeah, when I was in their last, they were having a big sale on all their wine. I doubt they are gonna do too much too it, the space isn’t that big. But it was a little cramped in there.

  4. May 30, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    hey, how you been?

    going there tonight for my sister’s religious education thank you dinner for volunteers!

    thanks for writing about it, can’t wait now.

  5. Matt Mitchell
    May 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Yum, jealous. I haven’t been back since, but now I am craving it!

  6. August 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    IMHO, overrated, overpriced.
    Burger was as good as In n Out. But, at 3+ times the plus it should’ve been much better.Pie was stale & seemed old.
    Fries: ours were overcooked, next to us theirs were undercooked.