Well I've been reading around the threads and didn't see anyone talk about these two great places to eat on the southeast corner next to the Mobile gas station.
1428 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra (626) 284-0320
Local favorite for Taiwanese crowd. Greasy spoon type of place that's more authentic than Sinbala in Arcadia.
My favorite is the shrimp fried rice. It's extremely fragrant and seasoned with just the right amount of soy sauce. I know, simple dish, but nothing really beats it with a order of vegetables (Ask for what they have today and get it pan friend with extra garlic).
They have daily lunch specials (A,B,C,D dishes listed in english simply as Chicken, Fish, Beef, etc) Cheap and offered with two sides that often include bamboo shoots.
Another good option is any of their soups with vermicelli in it because theirs is always cooked with just the right amount of snap.
Ba Le Sandwich Shop (Deli/Sandwiches), 1426 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra (626) 308-3003
I can never get enough of that concentrated oversweetened french coffee. You can even taste the grounds. They have great Banh Mi sandwiches that were there years before the madlibs > Baguette stores started popping up around everywhere. The selection is better than most vietnamese shops because it's pretty popular and the food is then always fresh. I love the rice dessert dishes they have packed in styrofoam trays. Not too sweet and a serving of sweet coconut milk added to taste. Their french bread is fresh but Mr. Baguette with their sesame seed one takes the cake in the end.
Since I mentioned it earlier...
SINBALA DRINKING EXPRESS
651 W DUARTE RD, ARCADIA, CA 91007
Always packed for good reason. Order the sausage dishes because they're better than anywhere else. If you're feeling for some dessert, they have delicious shaved ice doused liberally with a dark brown sugar bursting with flavor.