Okay, so the food is phony by San Gabriel Chinese standards, and it’s a chain, if a local one. But we love Panda Inn anyway. The vegetables are fresh, the flavors are good, and the service is excellent. It’s the sort of place that non-Chinese families bring Grandma for a special occasion, and there’s not a darn thing wrong with that. We love the crispy calamari, minced chicken with lettuce cups and kung pao shrimp, and our kids actually eat all the broccoli in the beef with broccoli.
3488 E. Foothill Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.793.7300, pandainn.com, Chinese. L & D daily. Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$