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View Wolfe Burger's Menu

Restaurant: Wolfe Burgers

Where: 46 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

Phone: (626)792-7292

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: Beer and Wine

Service: Fast Food Style - Counter

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, , Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $3.35 - $10.45

Wolfe Burger, ordered with no lettuce

Fried Zucchini

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

Tiramisu

 

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Pasadena’s Big “Bad” Wolfe Burger

 

By Bill Coburn

 

I wrote about Wolfe Burgers back in June of 2004, but it has been a long time since then. Long enough that there has been a change in owners.  Dino Georgeopoulis took over about a year and a half ago, or so.  Recently I got a call that he had changed the menu a little, added a few items, and so his web page needed to be updated.  I decided to take the opportunity to stop by and turn our visit into a spotlight.  Wolfe Burgers has an interesting history, and I wanted to see if the new owner was upholding the long tradition that has made Wolfe Burgers a favorite Pasadena dining spot since 1979.  The story goes that Dan Wolfe, a photographer for food magazines, took lots of photos of gourmet foods, but preferred a good burger, smothered in chili.  Then there was Josephine, who wanted to own a restaurant, and made killer chili.  She was working behind a counter at a dry cleaners.  According to the story, Josephine was providing chili for a party put on by a wealthy friend named Georgia Sloan, when Dan showed up by accident, mistaking the party for a bar mitzvah he was supposed to be attending.  According to the legend, he went straight to where he smelled the chili cooking, gave it a try, and proceeded to try to buy Josephine’s chili recipe.  She declined to sell, but suggested a partnership, and Wolfe Burgers was born, or so the story goes.

 

I can’t vouch for the veracity of the story, but I can vouch for the food. In previous visits, I’ve tried the chili cheese burger, with the hot chili, the fries, fried zucchini, and a Wolfe Hound, aka a hot dog.  Everything we had, we enjoyed, and one of the nice things about Wolfe Burgers is the condiment bar, where you can dress your burger, dog or sandwich with whatever dressings/condiments work for you.  Wolfe Burgers also features a variety of sandwiches, including a Gyro, Philly cheesesteak, pastrami, steak sandwich, BLT, chicken, avocado sandwich, and several others.  Their Mexican menu includes tacos, burritos, tamales and more, including chili with and without beans.

 

I have also enjoyed breakfast there, having tried a bacon omelet that was quite good.   Besides omelets, Wolfe Burgers offers breakfast plates, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, “Woofles” and French toast.

 

Another thing I like about Wolfe Burgers is that unlike most “burger joints”, Wolfe Burgers has a beer and wine license, so you can enjoy a nice cold beer while munching on your burger.  There is a nice covered patio area, and weather permitting, a good-sized outdoor patio dining area, as well. 

 

So Katie and I went by for lunch, and she ordered a chili covered tamale, which they call a lobo.  She’d tried it on one of our previous visits and said it was every bit as good as she remembered.  She also, again, had the fried zucchini, and was, again, frustrated because I don’t eat them, and the order was just way too much for her to eat.  I had a pretty tasty double quarter pound cheeseburger, charbroiled, and cooked nice and juicy, not dried out like so many places overcook them these days.

 

A couple days later, we went back, with Keelan and took the camera.  Katie ordered a steak sandwich, smothered with grilled onions, and served on a toasted roll.  She again had the fried zucchini, sans the frustration, since Keelan was there to help her this time.  Keelan had the Big Bad Wolfe Burger, (no lettuce, that’s why it looks so plain in the picture), and I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich Combo, which came with fries and a 22 oz. drink.  BTW, they are a Pepsi house now, not Coke, as they used to be.  I know that’s important to some of you.

You know, I’m pretty much a burger guy, but the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich for some reason sounded good that night.  A grilled breast of chicken with ham and Swiss cheese, served on a sesame bun.  It was so good, I decided I’m going to start trying grilled chicken sandwiches more often.  Probably won’t make my cardiologist happy, but I think I’ve probably built up some credit with all the double and triple burgers I’ve had throughout the years.

 

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the award winning rice pudding or some flan after your meal.  I had flan after our lunch, and it was really good.  After our diner, Katie tried the tiramisu, which she said was good, and noted that the coffee was not overdone as sometimes is the case.  I tried the rice pudding, and while nobody makes it as good as my Mom did, this was still pretty tasty, with a healthy smattering of cinnamon over the top to give it just that little extra something.  Of course, I would have preferred they added some raisins (my Mom’s had raisins, so all rice pudding should have raisins, right?)

 

You can view the entire Wolfe Burger menu by visiting their web page at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/wolfeburgers, or go directly to www.wolfeburgers.com

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

 

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