For National Cheeseburger Day, Head to Mackie’s in Old Town

There seems to be a day for everything. Why not cheeseburgers? This year September 18 has been designated as National Cheeseburger Day. We expect there will be lines at many restaurants and taverns famous for America’s famous sandwich.

According to the website, National Day Calendar (there has to be an entire website devoted to keeping track of all these celebrations, the  cheeseburger dates back to the 1920s.  One tale has Lionel Steinberger, working in his father’s sandwich shop in Pasadena, California, placed a slice of cheese on  burger while on the grill. Voila! the cheeseburger was born.

The cheeseburger, according to the website, first appeared on an actual menu in 1928 at O’Dell’s in LA. It sol for 25 cents. (Think about that when you’re shelling out $20 for the same thing today.)


If you happen to be in the Washington, DC area, head to Mackie’s Bar & Grill at 907 King Street in Old Town. We were told many times that Mackie’s has the best burgers and cheeseburgers in the area. And after enjoying one, we have to agree. Mackie’s uses dry aged beef for its steaks and burgers. It makes all the difference. The cheeseburger we enjoyed was juicy and flavorful. Besides the cheeseburger, the drinks at Mackie’s are well prepared and delivered with a big smile by the bartender. Our Cosmopolitan was the best we had ever had, too.

Wherever you choose to dine today, enjoy cheeseburger.

Photos by Charlene Giannetti