So we just moved to South Pasadena and are really excited about how many good restaurants it has for the size of the city. But since we're now on a budget (accommodations in this city aren't cheap), can you all recommend any budget places in the area for us to try? I'm thinking specifically of El Sereno, Highland Park since Alhambra and Pasadena are so well covered in other posts.
Oh yeah, a friend of ours from Hong Kong is also visiting so I would like to take him someplace great but not too budget busting. And, no Chinese or other Asian for obvious reasons.