DID YOU KNOW: According to the history books, the cheeseburger was invented in 1926 in Pasadena, California by a gent named Lionel Sternberger. The story goes that while working at a sandwich shop called, “The Rite Spot” he was experimenting with cheese by dropping a slab of it on a sizzling burgr. Thus was born the famed cheeseburger! Though if not for the German Europeans in Hamburg that came to America in the first place back in the 1800s, we wouldn’t have the hamburger. They came here with a tradition of placing grilled meat patty between two pieces of bread. We were happy to adopt their tradition and from then on, multiple versions evolved. Eventually buns were introduced— and voila!
First Up | CHURCH & STATE
If there is one thing you should know about Church & State its that the cuisine is created by a highly decorated, passionate, Michelin starred Chef, Tony Esnault whose approach to every ingredient is one of thoughtfulness and vision. While the French may not be associated with burgers, Chef Esnault has turned that entire theory right side up by crafting a French inspired grass—fed cheeseburger. His limited time cheeseburger is made with grass fed beef, house made dijonaise served on a brioche bun topped with Emmentaler (em-en-taller) cheese with an option to add crispy bacon, caramelized onion, or a free-range fried egg for a dollar (… if you’re honest with yourself, you know you want to add that bacon).
Lunch from 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Church & State | 1850 Industrial Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021; 213.405.1434[separator type=”thin”]
Next? LUNETTA ALL DAY
Across town you’ll find another cheeseburger crafted by Chef Raphael Lunettaat Lunetta All Day. L.A.D. is a modern diner with bright, cheery interior design, and happy servers serving up a Snake River grass-fed burger with caramelized onions, juicy beefsteak tomato, aged white cheddar and Marie Rose sauce smothering it happily. With a slew of cocktails and a full wine list, you’ll be able to pair this indulgent burger with the accompaniment of your choice! Make sure to save room for dessert (they have gluten-free desserts too!).
Lunch from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm | Dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Lunetta Santa Monica | 2420 Pico Blvd. | Santa Monica, CA 90405
LUNETTA AT NIGHT
In case you’re ready to skip a steak and go straight for a cheeseburger, you’ll want to head to Lunetta At Night for their Snake-River grass-fed burger, only this time with grilled onions, fresh heirloom tomato, sharp cheddar and avocado while sipping on a perfectly prepared handcrafted cocktail from The Moon Bar.
Dinner from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Lunetta Santa Monica | 2420 Pico Blvd. | Santa Monica, CA 90405[separator type=”thin”]
Let’s Get Proper | PREUX & PROPER
photo by Ziv Sade
Located in Downtown LA is a portal to Louisiana with all the proper fixins. It’s also where you’ll find Chef Sammy Monsour preparing the best southern food in town at Preux & Proper. When you walk inside, you’re transported. The décor, the food, the cocktails … it is one my LA’s favorites. Now that it’s National Cheeseburger Day, Chef Sammy has created a Strauss grass-fed beef burger with pickles, horseradish remoulade, pimento cheese, and plenty of north country bacon. Can you say tasty?! Be sure to try their collard greens too!
Dinner from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Preux & Proper | 840 South Spring | Los Angeles, CA 90015[separator type=”thin”]
Last One | THE RAYMOND 1886
In historic Pasadena exists a restaurant with a tremendous story, one of my favorite happy hours, and a patio and interior that welcomes you into feeling like you’ve entered a summer cottage. Bring your crew, your date, your partner and dive into the Kobe beef cheeseburger with crispy lettuce, fresh tomato, crunchy pickles, melted cheddar, and “Eva’s Secret Sauce “on a Brioche bun.
Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm | Dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
The Raymond 1886 | 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave. | Pasadena, CA 91105[separator type=”thin”] [columns_row width=”third”] [column][/column] [column][/column] [column][/column] [/columns_row]