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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 26, 2012 


I thought I’d close May and National Burger Month with a 

The day the earth stood still , was about forty years ago, that 
must have been when Pie N' Burger was first opened. This 
is the quintessential Hamburger Stand in Pasadena. For 
my memory they tried a few other locations but the Pasadena 
stood the test of time. Why? above average grub and 
some real how you doin... Darling type service. The owner 
"Mike"started working there as a cook and is a Trojan fan, so 
we'll go right to manager "Norma" sweet lady that runs the 
place like it was her own. They tell me that Norma drives up 
to Sierra Madre at least three times a week to Taylor's meats 
and buys the trimmings for those delicious burgers. ($7.10) 
, Is it the best burger in Pasadena ? Arguably in the top 5 so says this restaurant critic. The burger is 
oh so juicy, and unlike the over ten dollar burger I have fallen in and out of love with up the street on 
Lake. this one is consistent!!! The cheese could be upgraded a little but heck it's just a few cents more. 

Pie N' Burger is like that old couple that has lived in the same house for years; you just know you 
should stop in and see them. But pass by many times. I'm not a real big breakfast fan but I've been 
told by more then one person that when Orel Hershiser is in town 
he and Fred Claire make that there stop for breakfast. If Orel likes it 
must be good. The dessert menu has pies, well duh... Pie n' Burger. 
I ordered the Pecan Pie, my lovely server forgot to warm it up, but 
no runs taken off the score board it was quite good. They even have 
the old school type of Coca Cola, hard to explain but they mix the 
syrup with the 

On the side 
billboard it 
mentions the chili, hmm. Better order that next time. Yes, if you 
are looking for a good burger, I do recommend Pie N' Burger for 
sure!!!! I have read a few complaints about the price of the burger, 
but I think you get what you pay for. Sure you can get a $3 burger 
somewhere else, but have you ever had a good $3 burger, ok, maybe 
In' n out. The only thing I would change is the French Fries,(3.75) 
this would be the perfect restaurant if they made their own fries. 
Ahh. I can only dream.

Pie N. Burger 4 out 5 stars. 913 E. California Pasadena. (626) 795-1123

Email me your favorite burger spot

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2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound) 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

3 tablespoons orange marmalade 

1 medium shallot, minced 

1 green apple, diced 

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved 

Juice of 1 lime 

1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt, mixed well 

1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil 

1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds or cumin seeds 

1 clove garlic, minced 

2 teaspoons curry powder 

2 tablespoons roasted salted cashews, chopped 

Fresh cilantro leaves, for sprinkling


 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Put the chicken breasts on the foil 
and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub until coated. Pop the chicken in the 
oven and roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 150 degrees F, 15 to 20 


Switch the oven to the broiler setting. Brush 1 tablespoon marmalade on each chicken breast. Broil, 
brushing occasionally with the pan drippings, until the chicken is cooked through and golden, about 
5 minutes. Let cool.


Meanwhile, build the salad: Toss the shallot, apple, grapes, lime juice, yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 
the remaining 1 tablespoon marmalade in a large bowl.


Heat the canola oil in a small skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the mustard seeds 
and garlic; cook until the seeds stop popping (cover if they're popping out of the pan). Quickly add 
the curry powder; cook, stirring, 30 seconds, then pour the spiced oil over the yogurt mixture. Stir 
until combined.


Once the chicken breasts are cool, thinly slice them. Fold into the salad and adjust the salt and pepper. 
Top with the cashews and cilantro. 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills

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Contact: Maria Luisa Fabbri


380 South Lake #111

Pasadena CA 91101