No longer Don Jose's
It's now Caliente's and is just as good. The steak fajita's are the best I've had in a long while. As good, if not better, than Don Jose's.
Great Mexican food that's served quick and at an unbeatable price. For prices comparable to high end Mexican fast food restaurants, you can get chips, GREAT hot salsa, and any of the standard issue Mexican-American entrees. I particularly like their fajita burrito (not really a fajita, but still quite good).
World Class Chineese Delight
Mandarin garden not only has the best Chinese food on the hill, but probably in Southern California. You can eat like a king on a pauper's budget. they have all the favorites like Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork and moo Shu Shrimp. they also have Peking Duck for a bit more but worth every penny! They have a really cool live lobster tank.
Easy to Reserve
The folks at El Palmar make the reservation process very easy. They are also good about giving clear details of their center.
Great Prime Rib
I used to love going to Lawry's Prime Rib, but now I can't bother to go the distance. They have great prime rib if you're looking to stay in Pasadena...