A friend is coming to L.A. to visit soon, staying with friends in Pasadena. He is searching for "inexpensive dining recommendations in the greater LA metroplex...not a big list, but if there's a few really good places friendly to vegetarians, I'd like to know. Especially interested in taquerias and Asian food..."
Beyond suggesting a Pupuseria in Pasadena and Potato Tacos in San Pedro, I am out of ideas. I know I could send him deep into the San Gabriel Valley finding exsquisite restaurants, but he should have time to play tourist as well. With this in mind, what can you, the fine members of Chowhound, suggest?