This week Pasadena, California, is celebrating its claim as the birthplace of the cheeseburger—specifically at the Rite Spot Cafe around 1924—with Cheeseburger Week running until January 20. Pasadena Restaurant Week has a listing of restaurants in Pasadena serving cheeseburgers and cheeseburger-inspired dishes, along with some special deals for the week.
What's Pasadena's cheeseburger origin story? While working at his dad's restaurant, 16-year-old Lionel Sternberger accidentally burned a burger patty, but saved it by covering the blemish with a slice of cheese. Thankfully, the customer loved it. The burger made its way on the menu as the Aristocratic Hamburger with a price tag of 15¢. Los Angeles Times has more info about the story.
For a chance to win a meal for two at a participating Burger Week restaurant, fill out this Cheeseburger Week survey about your favorite kinds of burgers in Pasadena.
About the author: Robyn Lee is the editor of A Hamburger Today and takes many of the photos for Serious Eats. She'll also doodle cute stuff when necessary. Read more from Robyn at her personal food blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything.