discovered that president thai (at the rosemead and del mar intersection) has a new branch at colorado and mentor. it's upstairs above the subway sandwiches.
the place is pretty crowded since it's a caltech staple, so even though they opened up only recently, they're taking all the thai business from taste of bangkok.
4.99 for lunch special. they've a few choices, we tried the chicken and basil, the pork and garlic, and the savory vegetables. the pork and garlic's ok, the rest i wouldn't recommend. the main menu's better.
don't drive from outside of pasadena for it. it's another local lunch option if you're tired of the usual.
it has pretty menus.