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Pie 'n Burger

Burger Joint$$$$
South Lake, Pasadena
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  • Ranked #9 for burger joints in Pasadena
  • Scott K.
    "Love the thin pancakes!"(3 Tips)
    TV Food Maps
    "Check out Pie N Burger as seen on Burger Land"(2 Tips)
    Epicurious
    "cool Thousand Island dressing."(2 Tips)
    Marc E.
    "Food Network's Top 5 Best Burgers: #3 - All American Cheeseburger"(9 Tips)
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  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The burger is a thing of beauty; the bun is toasted on the griddle, the layers of iceberg lettuce and pickle chips accentuate the sear of the patty, and the dab of cool Thousand Island dressing. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14
    Breakfasts are great and greasy as well, such as the omelet with little cubes of ham and squares of American cheese cooked perfectly and accompanied by house-made salsa. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWow1 week ago
    Because we're fools for the old school: Since 1963, Angelenos have been coming to this Pasadena diner to enjoy Thousand Island dressing-slathered burgers, syrupy soda and an apple pie. Read more
  • Marc E.
    Marc EMay 28, 2013
    CNN Burger List: tiny, family-owned diner produces consummate old-school, small-scale, traditionally orthodox hamburger: salted, griddled beef, capped w/Amrcn cheese & nestled on a squishy white bun
  • Diego Z.
    Diego ZavalaFebruary 22, 2015
    Eggs and Bacon are a simple and light choice. They make it quick & quality. Even at a full house, they dishes my order out in a jiff. As a side tip, their malts aren't too bad either.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJanuary 14
    Let Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger In Paradise" play in your head as you take part in Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. Over 40 locations are participating, such as Pie 'n Burger's burger combo. Read more
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TashimaApril 27, 2012
    Ask for some of the amazing homemade dressing added if ordering the party melt. Also the fries are available in a half order if alone. This is the best old school burger in L.A. Period!
  • Marc E.
    Marc EJanuary 4
    Eater "21 Essential Hamburgers of America" '15: Old-school counter serves burgers w/lettuce, cheese, pickles, then drenches bottom in house-made 1000Island dressing "made w/recipe provided by Kraft"
  • Jason C.
    Jason CookMay 20, 2012
    Get a cheeseburger (phenomenal), skip the fries (meh) thereby saving room for pie (classic). Sky-high meringue on the coconut cream has been my go-to for about three decades now.
  • Foothill Connections
    If you're here for the burgers - not the pies - go with the classic cheeseburger. Perfectly done beef patty w/ american cheese, crisp lettuce, grilled onions & Pie 'n Burger sauce. Yum!!!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    If you'd like to take a glimpse of what Pasadena looked like 50 years ago, mosey into Pie 'n Burger and grab a seat at the all-wood counter. Read more
  • GeauxDC F.
    GeauxDC FoodieApril 17, 2015
    Forego the food and stick to the pie. The burger is an overpriced and not worth it. Chili is not much better than a can. I sampled 4 pies all delectable. They need to stick to the pie business.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McAleerMay 30, 2011
    Classic American burger joint. Delicious burgers, old fashioned Coca-Cola (the syrup is mixed with soda by hand), and of course the milkshakes. Def a great place to drop by.
  • Dacotah
    DacotahMarch 7
    It's not the food, it's the charm of sitting in such a throw-back diner, but a slice of warm pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it worth the visit.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    It must be hard competing with In-N-Out, but this restaurant has been holding its own since 1963. Waitresses who know you by name and a perfectly seared patty indicate precisely why.
  • Chana Ladybug F.
    Chana Ladybug FireflySeptember 7, 2013
    Very racist establishment. I use to come here a lot but one-day it all changed When I was treated like dirt. Food served wrong burnt and thrown down at me on the table. I never will come again
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaMarch 31
    Hands down best. Burger. In town. So moist and flavorful. Took about half an hour tho before food came out. Still, so tasty it's worth it for a leisurely day
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 23, 2011
    The quarter-pound patties at Pie’N Burger are served topped with a homemade Thousand Island dressing and Kraft mayo, the same way they have been served for more than 35 years. Read more
  • Matt W.
    Matt WhiteApril 3, 2011
    Hate to be an elitest. But read the menu off the wall its classic and wonderful. The table menus are the problem, makes your eyes want to bleed. Its a design nightmare.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14
    There are the classically simple burgers, juicy and satisfying, smeared with thousand island and served on a thin, buttery bun. Read more
  • Diana V.
    Diana Van de KampAugust 18, 2010
    Greatest Hamburger in all of Pasadena, order it with grilled onions for an extra kick. The chili is also fantastic. The pie and vanilla ice cream are delightful.
  • raul g.
    raul gutierrezAugust 19, 2011
    Hate the location in busy semi-fancy downtown Pasadena, but love the burger and the the pie. Hard to go wrong with this old fashioned burger.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28
    Opened 1963. 1960s diner with wood paneled walls, a long laminate lunch counter and colonial revival counter stools.
  • Kokopuff
    KokopuffJune 9, 2012
    For Breakfast: Short stack fluffy, hash browns well done, side of bacon a must and coffee...you will leave full and happy!!
  • Teresa B.
    Teresa BartonMay 7, 2014
    Service great , thin pancakes yum!! Oh then there is lunch with burger and pie! Can't go wrong...they now have a food truck for catered events! What Fun
  • Juan P.
    Juan PerezApril 2, 2010
    Go with a group of at least 4 people and order different flavored slices of pie and share!!! ...OMG so good
  • Mike S.
    Mike SJanuary 28, 2013
    Total dive. Pies are ok but overpriced. But hey, that's pasadena for you. I've had better at blueberry hill in Livingston, ca.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KNovember 2, 2011
    The prego brunette makes it wonderful! Truly a classic institution & staple of Pasadena & The San Gabriel Valley! :o)
  • bryan c.
    bryan cookJune 5, 2011
    patty melt is amazing!! fresh blackberry pie had a weird jello thing going on. the dutch apple pie rules!
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DembnerAugust 7, 2014
    Best old-school cheeseburger/hamburger around. Giant delicious pies for dessert. Real fountain soda.
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie LansNovember 14, 2010
    The burgers are sooooooooooo good and the banana creme pie is awesome. The cheesecake is great too.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HernandezMay 6, 2012
    The burger and vanilla malt were awesome. Classic pair. The pancakes are also good. Enjoy!
  • Craig C.
    Craig ChrisneyMay 30, 2011
    Cheeseburger, grilled onions, fries, root beer, and wash it down with a piece of boysenberry pie...heaven!
  • megan
    meganJuly 21, 2010
    An amazing throwback. Everything is great, including the chili! Also breakfast! Best toast eva'!
  • Jason J.
    Jason JooDecember 22, 2011
    The lady worker here is a beezy! She'll give you lip for no reason. Lucky for them the pies are good!
  • Catherine T.
    Catherine TAugust 26, 2013
    I love, Love, LOVE the pie. Their Butterscotch pie and Peanut Butter pie are the best.
  • Evan M.
    Evan MAugust 22, 2011
    Breakfast is the best, straight forward American brekky in town. Lunch and dinner? Add bacon.
  • T P.
    T PrsntApril 16
    Awesome diner-style burgers, but a little expensive. The pies are overrated. Cash-only
  • Kathryn D.
    Kathryn DaughertySeptember 26, 2010
    The pies are so good, especially the fresh peach, that that's all you need to order.
  • whiteboxerdogs w.
    I love this place its a old mom and pop type place and the burgers are great.....cash only here
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelApril 1, 2013
    Can’t decide what to order? George Motz, host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land, recommends the ‘double-double’ burger.
  • Jerry
    JerryOctober 12, 2012
    Been here once before with family, nothing special about the place. Once is more than enough.
  • David G.
    David GriffinJuly 7, 2010
    Pies and Burgers are amazing. Cash only, so stop by the ATM before heading over there...
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.December 10, 2011
    Don't get a turkey burger. Don't get a merlot. Get a burger and fries and milkshake.
  • Mandy J.
    Mandy JonesMarch 6, 2015
    Best bacon cheeseburgers ever! Their lemon meringue pie is amazing. Cash only.
  • Ron A.
    Ron AbramsMay 19, 2010
    Cash only. Also, the fries is enough for 2 people. You've been warned. Ha
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieMarch 24, 2015
    Great honest burger and killer pies. Great crust.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14
    Walking into Pie 'n Burger feels a little like walking into a time machine. Read more
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangNovember 19, 2009
    good pie, overrated burger (try in-n-out for cheaper original)
  • Sasha-www.EdgiePic.com N.
    Thin pancakes for the win!!!! So fluffy and delicious with salted butter and honey. :)
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