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Pie 'N Burger; old thyme SoCal


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Pie 'N Burger; old thyme SoCal

aliris | Feb 20, 2009 08:06 AM

I have always been curious about this place in Pasadena, though I gather it's rather like Apple Pan which I really don't care for (good egg salad though). Still I'm interested in it as an icon for SoCal before the masses arrived. I'm not sure if that's really warranted but it seems to have that feel. I've stopped in on a couple occasions but left, thinking the food didn't actually look all that good. Now, for some reason, I'm cogitating that stupid place again; it's under my skin. Yet I don't really eat hamburgers either, which is also part of the problem!

So my question is: is there anything else on the menu there worth ordering, or would that just defeat the "purpose" of the place anyway? Do they, for example, have turkey burgers or again, are they just so derivative that it's pointless to order that?

By way of example, I'd say Apple Pan's egg salad is sufficiently interesting, tasty and an arguably good deal (relatively), that it is in fact worth arguing and is in fact iconic -- that is, you don't really lose from the "authenticity" of the visit by ordering that. I hope these thoughts aren't annoying you all...

Anyway, that's my question: is it "worth" going to PieNBurger if you order anything other than "Burger"; what would you order if so? And also, I'd welcome suggestions to tone down expectations if necessary as I've come to believe enjoyment is not in the least ways insignificantly tempered by expectation so there's no point in erecting insurmountable barriers before ever you start.

Thanks for reading this far.

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