Pie ‘N Burger…Great Food and Great Wine
Some of the world’s best burgers and pies in the front and great value wines in the back. Pie ‘N Burger is a Southern California institution know for its great food, but hidden behind the famous vintage diner is a hole in the wall wine shop called Chronicle Wine Cellars with terrific bargains on mostly smaller production, lesser known wines. Just like the restaurant, it’s not big and fancy, it’s just good.
I have been haunting this hidden gem for years. I usually left with a case of wine for under $200. I always felt like I had ripped them off. I would want to make a quick get-away with my stolen loot, but it can take a while to back your car out of the tiny parking area that’s filled with catering vans and equipment from the restaurant. They are located just off South Lake Avenue in the Cal Tech area of Pasadena, California.
This ain’t no Bev-Mo folks. Chronicle Wine Cellars is a tiny, honest shop with a friendly staff that know their wines and love to talk about the carefully curated inventory. Their buying policy is quite simple. “We seek out the best wines in each price range and offer them to you at the best possible prices”. No wonder I love this place, that’s my buying policy too!
Chronicle Wine Cellars began years ago when the stalwart Pasadena restaurant, The Chronicle closed it’s doors. The current location of the shop was actually the Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine cellar for the Chronicle Restaurant. Michael Osborn, the long time owner of Pie ‘N Burger, partnered with Gus Martin to retail the wines and the rest is history.
Michael told me that he is committed more than ever to his mission of providing great value wines to his customers that, as he says, “You won’t find at Ralphs or Costco. He has recently made some improvements to the space. But don’t worry, it still has all it’s funky charm.
My favorite part about this whole thing is that Pie ‘N Burger doesn’t charge corkage, so you can buy a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price and then go and enjoy it for free with one of the best burgers around. Just ask ZAGAT about that. ‘N don’t forget the pie!
Go to the Chronicle Wine Cellars website and sign up for the newsletter where you’ll get their weekly specials along with tasting notes and the story behind the wines.