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Pie 'N Burger

913 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106


  • Sun 7am-9pm, Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
This is the best neighborhood hamburger joint in a neighborhood that includes Caltech, which means the guy next to you may be reading a physics proof over his chili size as if it were the morning paper. When compressed by the act of eating, a Pie ‘N Burger hamburger leaks thick, pink dressing, and the slice of American cheese, if you have ordered a cheeseburger, does not melt into the patty, but stands glossily aloof. And the exquisitely crunchy patty melt is careful without being insipid, oozy in just the right way, and sweetened by its judicious load of grilled onions When the fruit is in season, don't miss a cut of the seasonal, epochal fresh-strawberry pie.

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