Firing up the grill again? Let Pie N Burger, Bachi Burger, Arroyo Chop House, or VeggieGrill do the grilling for you. As residents of a land where backyard grilling is possible year round, take the opportunity to take a day off from the grill and head to one of the many options around Pasadena that do the grilling for you. Whether you don’t want to lose your swimsuit figure over the weekend and want to stick to veggies or want a burger that is professionally made and put together, check out the best places in Pasadena to chow down on something deliciously charred and smoky.
Classic, casual and around for ages, nothing says American diner burger like Pie ‘N Burger. Considered a hidden gem but well-known amongst Pasadena citizens, Pie ‘N Burger isn’t where you go for elegant ambience, it’s where you go when you need a hearty bite to eat and want to wash everything down with apple pie a la mode. Or a milkshake. Or both.
913 E California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 795-1123 http://pienburger.com
If you want your burger gourmet, then head to Bachi Burger for super decked out options, or one of the gastropubs in Old Pasadena.
For steaks, you can’t go wrong with the classic steakhouse vibe at Arroyo Chop House. With a vast selection of cuts and other items as well as perfectly paired side dishes, Arroyo Chop House remains a perfect way to celebrate all things American.
536 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 577-7463 http://www.arroyochophouse.com
If you want a modern steakhouse, or just want to go swanky and sophisticated, then nothing beats The Royce for cuts that you won’t find anywhere else and elegant preparation and presentations.
If you’re vegetarian and can’t wait to get away from the meat heavy dishes, then head over to VeggieGrill on South Lake. Choose from house made veggie burgers, a mix of quinoa and veggies mushed together and topped with various condiments or bowls of quinoa topped with grilled summertime produce.
VeggieGrill 200 S Lake Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 535-9561 http://veggiegrill.com