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National Cheeseburger Day, September's Savory Shindig

Umami Burger has a give-back event, all Sept. 18 long, while IHOP and Farmer Boys both have delish deals.

What to Know

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18
  • Umami Burger has a fundraiser on for St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels
  • Farmer Boys and IHOP both have deals

Most foods? They get one national holiday named in their honor, if that, to be honest.

But some savory superstars are so stratospheric, so widely enjoyed, and so foodily famous — yes, foodily — that multiple days, and even weeks, are built around the edible's sheer power to please a whole bunch of eaters.

Take the cheeseburger, which, history has it, was invented in Pasadena nearly a century ago. It gets its own celebratory week, in the Crown City, with multiple cheeseburger-y events on the calendar.

And on the 18th day of September, a holiday devoted to cheeseburgers goes countrywide, in the form of National Cheeseburger Day.

Several spots hold specials, or deals, or the occasional freebie, but here are a few you might take bun-yummy part in, in Southern California, on Tuesday, Sept. 18:

Farmer Boys: The Big Cheese is rightly a big deal at this restaurant, but snagging one for a buck isn't a possibility on most days of the year. Of course, National Cheeseburger Day isn't most days of the year, so swing by your local participating FB and mention the offer. Good on, you got it, Sept. 18.

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IHOP: The breakfast-famous chain has become known for its burger selection in recent months, but Sept. 18 will be all about the cheeseburgers... and pancakes. Purchase a cheeseburger and, lo and behold, you'll receive a complimentary side of flapjacks. Could cheeseburgers and pancakes be the next peanut butter and jelly? Discuss.

Umami Burger: Dine at the boutique burger chain on Sept. 18, mention that you'd like to support St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels, and the "No Senior Goes Hungry Campaign," and two dollars from your bill will go to the organization. The company will be raising money for St. Vincent's through September. Update: The St. Vincent fundraiser concluded on Sept. 18.

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