Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Two weeks ago, the sky is big in pasadena posted a photo of the newly-opened Dena Burgers, on the corner of Los Robles and Orange Grove. (It's in the same shopping center as Baja Ranch Market, where I got the carne asada for Cinco de Mayo that several people have emailed me about.)
The menu was no big surprise: if I'd tried to guess what items were going to be on it, I probably would have been 95% accurate. But I knew I would still be trying it eventually. I mean, it's a new burger place in Pasadena, it would be silly not to.
Yesterday was the day. I hit up Dena Burgers just a couple of minutes before noon. There was not a single person in the joint. Undeterred, I studied the menu for a minute, deciding that a burger would probably be the safest bet.
The "Chef's Special" is a cheeseburger, fries and medium drink for $4.95. Unlike a lot of fast food places that call something a "value meal" but only give you a savings of a few cents (and sometimes don't save you any money at all), the Dena Burgers special represents a savings of $2.65 over purchasing the items individually. I didn't feel like a drink - watered-down fast food soda machines do nothing for me - but a burger and fries by itself would have still been more expensive than the special, so I ordered the special with a Coke.
I will not return to Dena Burgers. Fatburger is around the corner and yeah, they charge three or four dollars more for a comparable combo, but it is so much better. And a Double-Double at In-N-Out costs less than a single burger at Dena Burgers. It takes longer to get because, well, In-N-Out has other customers, but it's still worth it.
Dena Burgers doesn't really have anything going for it but the price. In a town like Pasadena, with a lot of burgers I like, that's just not a good enough reason for me to ever return.
Posted by JustinM at 10:33 AM