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“The Mothership”

Panda Inn Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 741 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Rosemead Blvd.
Description: Panda Inn is the source and original inspiration behind the nationally recognized Panda Express restaurants. Andrew Cherng and his father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng, opened the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, California in 1973. Their goal was to share the culinary arts of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines with their local community by emphasizing the Chinese art of balancing tastes and textures to provide a dining experience that delights the senses. Today, still family-owned with five locations in Southern California, Panda Inn honors over 40 years of heritage and takes great pride in serving delectable cuisine with attentive service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Reviewed 25 October 2013

This great looking friendly restaurant is always packed. It's the source of many Panda Inn's around the US And the Panda Expresses. The next generation continues to explore new recipes - for a awhile they got quite trendy -but now they have returned to a more traditional menu with some nice new touches. My husband loves the sweet and sour soup, the three flavor taste and the moo shi pork, I love the garlic spinach, sesame asparagus, and the eggplant Szechuan. My kids grew up on the beef and broccoli, Mongolian beef, cashew chicken, and steamed dumplings. They have great specials, the original orange chicken is grand and the upside down crispy noodles . Good quality ingredients make the meals special. Have a Tsingtao beer and enjoy....

Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Most people thinks gourmet Chinese food is an oxymoron but this place will prove them wrong. This place always been on my favorite place. Courteous and fast service, very consistent in taste. Everything in the menu is guaranteed to please your tastebud. My favorite appetizer are either mushu pork or fried calamari, although everything else a must try. My favorite main dish is their signature Panda Beef, crisp and not overly slathered in sauce.They also serve cocktails which are a nice complement to the dish.

Thank Argonaut72
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Great food and great service. The panda beef is the best! Other entrees are your typical Chinese American fare. Nice casual atmosphere but also good for groups and special occasions. Sunday brunch seems really popular with lots of appetizing dishes.

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This was a night out with our friends who know the owners personally. Food was fantastic. These are the people who also own all the Panda Expresses, although I don't think the food at the Panda Expresses meet up to the quality of this location. Highly recommended.

Thank Jane D
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We eat here at least once a month. The delivery is weak, better go get it yourself. The food is good and always hot. I dont care for the bar, but they make a good mai tai

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