A sprawling landmark Pasadena Mexican with no-more-than-basic Cal-Mex comfort food, a family-friendly vibe, good margaritas and a terrific happy hour. Everyone in town seems to come here, even though no one raves about the food, but it does the trick, and the price is right. The Washington branch is a smaller café with a more limited menu and beer and wine only.
145 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena, 626.792.2763, mijaresrestaurant.com, Mexican. L & D daily. Full bar. MC, V. $
1806 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.794.6674, mijaresrestaurant.com, Mexican. L & D daily. Beer & wine. MC, V. $