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Pasadena Cheeseburger Week

Photograph: Courtesy La Grande Orange Cafe

One fateful afternoon in 1924, Lionel Sternberger contemplated the hamburger he was cooking up at Pasadena’s Rite Spot and thought it needed a little something extra. A simple slice of American cheese later and the cheeseburger was born, spawning hundreds of variations across the country and inspiring Pasadena to celebrate its prodigal son with a week dedicated to all things cheeseburger. Choose from over forty restaurants (Haven Gastropub + Brewery, Pie N' Burger, and Kings Row Gastropub, to name a few) to take advantage of burger deals and special creations, cheer on competitors during Dog Haus Biergarten’s slider eating competition, curate your own Cheeseburger Crawl, and vote in the 2014 Cheeseburger Challenge. The third annual week-long celebration only confirms what Sternberger knew all along: everything tastes better with cheese.