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 Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 10, 2012 


If you have lived in Pasadena long enough you will remember 
there was no 210 Freeway, there was no Old Pasadena, or at 
least it was old. Back then center of attention was South Lake 
Ave. where Macy’s stands today there was Bullock’s where the 
who’s who of Pasadena and San Marino did there shopping, 
Jurgensen’ was the Gourmet Grocery Store, man I miss those 
Turkey Sandwiches. And around that time two brothers who 
just graduated from Blair High School decided to open up a 
restaurant. Burger Continental, the restaurant was small and 
had a garden shop that took up most of the back area. 

Today some 40 years later, Burger Continental still stands 
there tall as can be. While dozens of restaurants have come 
and gone is there. Sure a few face lifts threw the years. The 
Patio is now covered and the Fountain in the back has been 
covered, I remember many an afternoon on the back patio waiting to hear my number called so that 
I can get the food, all of us found some amusement in the number being called. Picture the Saturday 
Night Live Skit, where he says Cheese Burger CheeseBurger. 

Don’t let the name fool you, yes that do have burgers, giant burgers in fact. But the true charm here 
are the deals, Sunday Brunch, Breakfast lunch specials, seems like there is always some type of special 
going on no matter what time of day. 

What to order? On my visit, I had the Loin Lamb 
Chops “Salonica” with roasted garlic for $14.99. 
They were so good I wish they were all you can eat, 
happens that Gary one of the brothers was there 
and I asked him the secret. Gary told me that once a month he gets a secret supply of spices flown 
in from the Middle East and that only Customs Agent “Bob” knows what they are. My friend Kevin 
bartender extraordinaire from Parkway Grill joined me and was quite pleased with his Lula Kebab, at 
$11.99 he gave it two thumbs up. I am telling you that the pizza($10 range) here is about the best in 
town, I think the secret is that they have a really old pizza oven that adds a certain flavor to their pies. 

Check out the Sunday Champagne Brunch, it’s a buffet with just about every thing on the menu, plus 
on any given Sunday Crab Legs and Sushi. There is always fresh fruit and an omelet station. Its $19 
for adults and $10 for kids, great place for a large party and families. Gourmet? Maybe not, but a real 
value in these times when your dollar needs a little stretching.

Please join me on KABC Radio at 6 PM on Saturday Nights and on Charter Cable 101 at 7 PM Sat 
and Sundays

Burger Continental 535 S. Lake Ave Pasadena (626) 792-6634



1-cup ricotta cheese, strain off excess liquid

2 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

6-8 cannoli shells

2 tsp. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter*


1. Combine the ricotta cheese, Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter, and confectioners’ 
sugar. Mix until uniform. Chill in the refrigerator 2-4 hours.

2. Place ricotta cheese mixture in a pastry bag and pipe filling into each end of the cannoli 

3. Combine the granulated sugar with the pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle this mixture over the 
ends of the cannoli. Dust each cannoli with confectioners’ sugar.

*This recipe is compliments of

The Gourmet Gals


11 Kersting Court

Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Phone: 626.355.5153



TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills