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Panda Express

 218 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA

Quick, Easy, Reliable Chinese Food

Panda Express is everywhere nowadays and their success owes to simple choices and quick service. This is still fast-food so don’t expect authentic or true Chinese food but if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat with good sized portions, you can’t go wrong with Panda Express.

The simplest way to order is to get a 2- or 3-item combo and choose from the many options. With any combo, you get to choose from Fried Rice, Noodles, White Rice, or Vegetables. This option does not count against your 2-/3-items so you can choose 2-/3- side items. The most popular item seems to be the Orange Chicken. Irregardless of the choices, try to get the items that were just recently cooked because like all fast-food, if it’s been sitting there a while, it just isn’t appetizing.

This Panda Express is easy to get to. They are located on the East side of Lake and there is plenty of parking in the back. To get to the parking, enter from either Cordova or Del Mar. You’ll find Panda Express about midway down the parking lot. You can park on Lake if you want as well but parking is a little harder to find on Lake.

This particular location is clean and large. There are lots of seats inside and a few tables outside. Lunch hours during the work week can be quite busy as the people who work in the area rush Panda Express but thankfully, they work fast so you don’t have to wait too long.

Orange Chicken - Orange Chicken at Panda Express

Orange Chicken

Yes, it’s fast-food style but it’s got a nice blend of tang and taste that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere. It’s good and it tends to be a staple in many people’s combo orders.

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