Pie 'n Burger
This Pasadena institution has been there since 1963 and has weathered every burger trend you can imagine, with a no-frills approach (seriously, your burg options are hamburger, cheeseburger, turkey burger, and that's it) that hits home in the classic, Thousand Island-topped sense every time.
Some parts of Pasadena already feel a little unstuck in time, a quiet suburb with wide streets and big lawns, so it makes sense that walking into Pie ‘n Burger, one of Pasadena’s iconic restaurants, feels like stepping right into a mid-century cafe. The formica counters glisten, the meringue on top of their famous pies jiggles just so, and the burgers are the old-fashioned ideal, big but not massive, simply wrapped in tan paper with a little too much sauce.
How to book: Walk-ins only.