Pasadena >Food & Dining > Panda Inn
3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110734.149992 -118.078152
A higher end Panda Express. Meaning that your served here instead of ordering food that is already cooked. Similar taste to Panda Express since it is the same company.
Don't like – Not very good. Rice is not fresh and shrimp is not in the right sauce.
So yummy!! – Panda Inn is one of my favorites, much much much much better than Panda Express! I would reccommend the honey walnut shrimp and the combo lo-mein. Their brown rice is also very tasty. :)
Panda In is always Great!!! – One of my favorite restaurants of all time, reasonably priced. The bartender Gus is one of a kind. The Sunday Brunch is just over $20 and offers everything on the regualr menu plus two drinks. Check it out
Reliable--if safe--Mandarin cuisine in a chain-designed setting. – The Scene
Filled with families with grandparents in tow, this brightly lit chain is not the place for a romantic encounter. Nonetheless, with bustling servers, speedy yet courteous service and spare, geometric decor, the Panda Inn is pleasant for a quick meal.
While predictable standards such as sweet-and-sour shrimp, beef with broccoli and chow mein dominate the menu, steer clear of those choices for a more satisfying meal. Vegetarian moo shu is prepared tableside: The server spoons a steaming mixture of bean sprouts, shredded carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts and scrambled egg into a paper-thin pancake, drizzles it with hoisin sauce and rolls it up for you. Honey walnut shrimp is packed with flavor, the succulent crustaceans glazed with a mayonnaise-based sauce with an orange-citrus tang. A specialty, the orange roughy in black bean sauce is hearty, but not as spicy as the menu claims. Ditto the sauce-deficient crispy garlic chicken.
Awesome chinese!!! – My parents have been taking me here since I was a kid. Their food is incredibly consistent and very tasty. I would definitely come back!
Recommended – Went there for lunch with some co-workers. The food was typical chinese food, similar to P.F. Changs. If you are looking for something real authetic this is not a place to go.
go somewhere else for REAL Chinese food. – First off, I am pure-bred Cantonese, and I've spent more than 1/2 of my life in the city of Canton--so I am biased. This is my in-laws' favorite restaurant, but personally, I'd prefer Chinese food with more of a punch in flavor and smell. For authentic Chinese at a much lower price tag, go somewhere else in Monterey Park.
One of the best Chinese restaurants in L.A. – Yes, as one reviewer mentioned, this isn't the most authentic Chinese restaurant out there - it is quite americanized, very much like P.F. Chang's. However, if you like this type of Chinese restaurant - and I do - Panda is the king. The food is amazing - I recommend the Panda beef, sweet and pungent chicken, and orange chicken. I have eaten everything on the menu and almost everything is good. Service is usually attentive and friendly; only a few times have I received poor service. Portions are generous, and the fortune cookies are even awesome (chocolate dipped). I have taken every family member, friend, and relative that has ever visited me to Panda and every single one of them loved it. I recommend Panda to everyone; it is stellar in almost every respect. I go there once a week on average, and always will.
Awesome experience – Chinese food is Chinese food - it's supposed to be oily and greasy. If you want it real, that's the way it's gotta be. In any case, this is not an all-out Chinese food place. Definitely upscaled for the American population, yet the food is worth it! Before I went, I was thinking - upscale Panda Express: hellz no! Actually, their food is tasty - even for someone like me who doesn't eat fast food "Chinese." Portions are very generous as well. Service is good - not too in our face, yet available when we needed. Price is worth the up-scaled enviornment.
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