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REVIEW w/ pics: Wolfe Burger in Pasadena

Having driven by Wolfe Burgers for a number of years now, I finally decided to check it out for lunch. Once inside, it took me awhile to order just because the menu had a good bit of variety. Finally, just because I love avocado, I settled for the avocado burger and chili cheese fries.

When my food arrived, I dug into the chili cheese fries first. There were two things I was disappointed in. First, the fries themselves were too mushy. Granted, fries topped with hot chili may lose some of its crispness, but even the fries that were to the outer side of the paper tray were softer than I would have liked. Second, the chili was bland. Not that was I expecting it to be fiery, but some oomph would have been nice.

Now on to the burger. At first glance, it looked impressive. It was served open faced and right away, you can see that they weren't shy about giving you enough avocado. It looked like a whole half of an avocado resting on the cheese.

So than I put it all together, cut it in half to make eating easier and took my first bite. I was very underwhelmed. The burger itself was dry, but what really bugged me was how the avocado kept sliding out of the bun.

The cheese on the burger was a little bit greasy and the avocado was resting on that oil slick. I'd take a bite and some part of the avocado would come out. It was really annoying. Finally, I just removed the avocado and just ate it on its own. As for the burger, I only finished half of it. I didn't like it enough to even finish it all.

To be fair, I've only been there once, so maybe, a different order would make for a tastier meal. But with so many other really great burger joints out there, a repeat visit to Wolfe Burgers won't be happening anytime soon.

To see pics, go to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

Wolfe Burgers
46 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-7292

Thanks,
Abby
http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/

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  1. Very nice photos, they make we want a burger. Like you I have also driven by there for years but never seem to be driving by when it is time to eat. Besides the avocado and greasy cheese, it looks like a lot of liquid on the lettuce also contributed to your slipping and sliding. The burger does look dry in your photo (very good detail in your photos), but if it were me, I would give them another chance, and try a different burger, I would really be pulling for an independent burger joint as opposed to all the fast food crap out there.

    1. I used to really like Wolfe Burgers. Went there before Old Town Pasadena got crazy. They had really good Onion Rings. Haven't been there in years, but I would give it another try.

      1. Hi Abby! If you decide to go again, definitely get the onion rings (I always order them well done - the onions almost melt into a mush and are delish)! Also, I love their hot dog. Not sure if it is any better than most (although I believe it is all beef) but it is huge, grilled, split in half and with that assortment of condiments from their condiment bar, prefect for my tastebuds!

        1. This post isn't about Wolfe Burgers per se, but right behind that place is a real cool wine shop. You would never find it unless you know about it. It looks like an apartment, but they have very interesting selections at reasonable prices. It's called Chronicle Wines, I think. A real funky place. If you like wine, do check it out.

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          1. re: Fearless Eater

            I think you may be thinking of the place behind Pie N Burger on California. Maybe?

              1. re: Fearless Eater

                That was the wine shop that led me down the Garden Path toward a life of new appreciation for all things flavorful. A young, broke college student, I tasted the 1998 Domaine de Font de Michelle Chateauneuf du Pape -- spicy, jammy and smoky, it's still the measuring stick I use for all Rhone varietals.

                I started a thread on the Wine board paying tribute to that moment:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444332

            1. re: Fearless Eater

              Chronicle wines is the cellar of the late, lamented The Chronicle restaurant that was in that neighborhood.

              1. re: ChinoWayne

                The Chronicle restaurant used to have a wine storage location on Green street in old town. They used to have a big sale once a year. Now, that was my intro to really good wines.
                The current Chronicle wine shop is much more eclectic and a bit removed from the selections of the original Chronicle restaurant. But the current shop has some old bottles from the original Chronicle, they say they've stored them properly and you basically buy at your own risk.

            2. Not a bad breakfast at Wolfe's in fact. Much overlooked.

              1. Agree with you about the fries, kind of soft and boring. I had a turkey burger with cheese and it was pretty blah except for the raw onions that I added. But I would go back and try something else, to give it another try and to support a Pasadena institution.

                1. Does anyone know if Mrs Wolfe is still around and running the joint?

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                  1. re: Dig T

                    Are you talking about Josephine?

                    I believe they sold the place a couple of years ago.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Oh I see, it sounds like the new owners aren't doing a great job.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I recall reading here or ? somewhere that Josephine passed away. I haven't been for quite a while but the last time that I did go she took my order. I always had a Big Bad Wolf (burger) Rare with a side of Onion Rings, both always very good!