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Cheeseburger Challenge Pasadena 2014 winners announced

Cheeseburger Challenge winners
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The results of the third annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Challenge were announced Wednesday by Pasadena Restaurant Week. Cheeseburger Week, sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, is tribute to the creation of the cheeseburger by Lionel Sternberger at the Rite Spot Café in Pasadena in 1924.

Participation in Cheeseburger Week and the Cheeseburger Challenge is limited to Pasadena Chamber member restaurants as a benefit of membership.

About two dozen restaurants offered their own special creations, and patrons voted in different categories. The results list the top four vote-getters in each category, unless there were fewer than four entries. Total votes received by each of the favorites are also listed. Not every restaurant was entered in every category and not every patron voted in each category.

Pasadena Chamber CEO Paul Little said, “The Cheeseburger Challenge is similar to ‘liking’ a Facebook page. We don’t intend to identify the best, finest or tastiest in any category…. We don’t presume to identify one burger as being superior to another, simply the ones that garner the most fan votes.”

Here are the results of the 2014 Cheeseburger Challenge. Not every voter participated in each category and different categories had widely divergent numbers of entries.

Favorite restaurant to go for a burger

  1. Dog Haus (12.1% / 156 votes)
  2. Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (9% / 119)
  3. La Grande Orange (5.5% / 72)
  4. Pie ‘n Burger/Slater’s 50/50 (4.1% / 54) (tie)

Favorite lunch counter burger

  1. Pie ‘n Burger (20.3% / 204)
  2. The Counter (18.9% / 190)
  3. Clearman’s Galley /BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (10.9% / 110) (tie)

Favorite traditional cheeseburger:

  1. Dog Haus (16.9% / 189)
  2. Pie ‘n Burger (16.9% / 188)
  3. The Counter (12.9% / 144)
  4. La Grande Orange (7% / 78)

Favorite sliders

  1. Dog Haus (21.1% / 228)
  2. The Counter (12.4% / 134)
  3. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (7.9% / 86)
  4. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (6.7% / 72)

Favorite Gourmet Burger

  1. Dog Haus (12.3% / 152)
  2. Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (9.7% / 120)
  3. La Grande Orange (6.5% / 80)
  4. Haven Gastropub + Brewery (5.7% / 70)

Favorite alternative burger:

  1. Big Daddy’s Lamb Burger (12.5% / 123)
  2. Slater’s 50/50 Cheeseburger Salad (10% / 99)
  3. La Grande Orange Ahi Tuna Burger (6.5% / 64)
  4. Umami Burger Ahi Tuna Burger (5.8% / 57)

Favorite turkey burger:

  1. The Counter (28.3% / 274)
  2. Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (25.6% / 248)
  3. Slater’s 50/50 (17.1% / 166)
  4. Umami Burger (8.2% / 80)

Favorite sit-down/white table cloth cheeseburger:

  1. Green Street Restaurant (33.3% / 250)
  2. a/k/a Bistro (17.6% / 132)
  3. Central Park Restaurant (14.9% / 112)
  4. Vertical Wine Bistro (7.7% / 58)

Favorite new restaurant for a burger:

  1. Du-Pars Restaurant (18.6% / 121)
  2. Big Daddy’s (Orangewood Plaza) (18.5% / 119)
  3. Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro (6.3% / 52)
  4. ZiLin Restaurant (4.1% / 34)

Favorite ethnic burger:

  1. El Portal / Yahaira’s (36.8% / 121)
  2. Kathleen’s (Green Chile Burger) (20.4% / 67)
  3. M Local Mediterranean Grill (17.3% / 57)
  4. CREPE studio (15.5% / 51)

Favorite Kobe / Wagyu burger:

  1. Toro Sushi Bar Lounge (42.2% / 131)
  2. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (30.4% / 95)
  3. Vertical Wine Bistro (27.5% / 86)

Favorite bar burger:

  1. Dog Haus Biergarten (28.8% / 278)
  2. Slater’s 50/50 (16.1% / 156)
  3. Kings Row Gastropub (8.4% / 81) tie
  4. Haven Gastropub + Brewery (8.4% /81

Favorite veggie/vegan burger:

  1. The Counter (26.5% / 103)
  2. Slater’s 50/50 (17.8% / 69)
  3. Umami Burger 16% / 62)
  4. Kathleen’s (10.3% / 40)

Favorite draught beer with a burger:

  1. Dog Haus Biergarten (13.8% / 142)
  2. Slater’s 50/50 (10.9% / 112)
  3. Big Daddy’s Fire Grill (10.9% / 112)
  4. Haven Gastropub + Brewery (7.2% / 74)

Favorite dessert after a cheeseburger:

  1. Pie ‘n Burger (18.3% / 166)
  2. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (14.6% / 132)
  3. Slater’s 50/50 (13.5% / 122)
  4. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar (11.8% / 107)

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