The majority of monolingual Americans are often bitterly disappointed when they find that René Magritte's work known as Ceci n'est pas une cheeseburger is not a cheeseburger. Forget all about it and lose yourself bite by bite with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of burgers, drinks, and billiards at Jake's of Pasadena in Pasadena.
Jake’s has welcomed motormouths from across the iconic Route 66 to its classic roadhouse diner for 63 years. Its menu of Americana is as straight forward and streamlined as a ’57 Chevelle made of hemi-meat, spotlighting a basic burger ($5.99+) with a vast array of dressings for any occasion. Sandwich a burger between your choice of four types of bun before requesting a swiss or blue-cheese blankey ($0.99 each). Stack the pile further with freebies such as sautéed onions, pico de gallo, pickles, or top-tier toppers such as bacon, guacamole, and pineapple ($0.99 each). Diners can also get all Pac-Man on a ready-to-roll burger such as the barbecue, the teriyaki, or the chili-slathered (all $7.99). Veggie burgers as well as patties crafted of chicken or turkey cater to the beefless. Saddle any order with a pile of fries ($1.79), onion rings ($2.99), or buffalo wings ($8.99).
Diner diners can bask in the ambience of Jake’s retro-style interior. In the basement lies Jake’s billiards hall, where pool sharks bravely swim right after eating. Happy-hour games ($5/hour) last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and regular rates ($14/hour) apply from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Jake's of Pasadena
Not much has changed at Jake's of Pasadena since 1947, the year the diner first opened its doors along historic Route 66 in Old Town Pasadena. The eatery recalls Southern California's golden era of surf music, hot rods, and drive-ins through its nostalgic decor and classic diner grub. Feel free to build your own burger ($5.99+) or outsource the decision-making to the cooks by ordering one of Jake's signature menu items, such as the BBQ cheeseburger ($7.99). You can complement any sandwich with chili fries or onion rings or sip a shake while you gossip about which mailman is stealing the football team's letterman jackets. There's also a billiards room downstairs that is open nightly.
38 W Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91105Get Directions