This McDonald's is the closest to my home, and though we don't go often (maybe once every 3 weeks or so), pretty much every time we do, the food is mostly decent, and by decent I mean fresh. It's McDonalds, so I don't expect a five-star meal. I do however appreciate 5-star service, and sometimes the folks who work the drive through are absolutely rude. Once, AFTER being asked for my order at the drive-thru, I was then brusquely told to "Wait a minute!" Apparently the cashier was having issues with the order system/register and the order wasn't going through. On another visit, I ordered a Sprite but was given a Diet Coke at the pick up window. I told the server I was allergic to cola (not joking at all) and instead of giving me the Sprite in a fresh cup, she poured out the Diet Coke and filled it with Sprite. She was so annoyed with me that she pretty much shoved the drink into my hands. On both occasions listed above, the server in question was a teenager, and likely they hadn't yet learned not to give customers "lip" or attitude, even when frustrated. On the flip side, I've encountered some very professional young people here, and had no problem at all. It's convenient, mostly cheap, and sometimes works in a pinch - or when you just HAVE to have McDonalds' fries. I guess you get what you pay for:)
14. El Pollo Loco
262 S Rosemead BlvdPasadena, CA 91107
From Business: Founded in 1975, El Pollo Loco is a chain of quick-service restaurants that specializes in serving flame-grilled chicken. It operates more than 380 restaurants in C…
Finally! A Panda Express in mid-town Pasadena! This one is close to Pasadena City College, and while small, it seems to have a pleasant enough set up. I visited around 8 pm on a Wednesday evening and the place was pretty empty, save one or two other patrons - likely students. Some of the entrees were completely wiped out, and the overall selection seemed a bit smallish compared to other locations, but the food was fresh and tasty. I did notice that the cut of meat used for the BBQ Pork was fattier than normal - and this stuff is already pretty fatty anyway - but other than that, we were satisfied by the quality of the food and service.
Pasadena has a lot of good hamburger joints, but when you want a good ol' Double-Double with cheese, In N Out can't be beat. I think this location is one of the originals to this chain. It's a tiny little shack that cooks up a whole lot of grub. Other places try to claim they have the best fries, or even the best "cheese paper," but they can't compare to this California Classic! Plus, you can still get a cheeseburger, fries and soda for about $5! The staff here is quite nice as well, and though the drive-thru lines can be nearly a block long, the service is always great!