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Customer lunch in Alhambra tomorrow-one vegetarian

I'm taking a couple of customers out to lunch tomorrow in Alhambra and I know there's good food up there so what can you recommend? The meeting location is on Mission at Fremont.

Can anyone help me pare down the copious references posted on chowhound for San Gabriel Valley eats?

One customer is a vegetarian so there must be good no-meat options. Time will be a consideration as they won't have hours and hours but I'd prefer to sit down and talk.

Wahib's?
Triumphal Palace?

I've seen some references to bahn mi places (which I've never tried and would like to) but I know they are generally pretty inexpensive and I don't want to come off as cheap. Plus I don't know if there such a thing as vegetarian bahn mi.

I've found some chowhound sites that talk about good Cantonese, Muslim, Sichuan, etc. but I don't really know the differences between them and I don't know the area well enough to know how much time it would take to drive from Alhambra to San Gabriel or Rosemead, Temple City, etc.

There are so many. I'd like to find a place that we won't have to wait, is obviously open for lunch, can be downscale but not a dump, no slurping so no pho. Speaks some english so my customers aren't too intimidated.

I really appreciate your help. My customers have come to rely on me for good food.

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  1. Triumphal Palace is a good choice, esp. with dim sum there will be vegetarian options available.

    Also, since you are close to South Pasadena (Mission/Fremont), might want to consider Briganti (www.brigantirestaurant.com ) and Mike and Anne's (www.mikeandannes.com ). The former is Italian, the latter is updated American. Both very good and offer a nice, relaxing atmosphere.

    1. Here I am replying to my own post. Firstly, THANK YOU for your quick reply ipsedixit. You must have been waiting for my post:-)

      Secondly, as soon as I posted it I thought about Mission 261. It's on Mission in SG. Kinda nice place I think.

      I'm going to look at the Briganti and Mike and Anne's websites right now. Maybe I'll just print off some info and give my customers a choice. That way if they don't like it they can't balme me!

      1. Happy Family in nearby Monterey Park is good for tasty vegetarian Chinese and mock meats. Try their green beans (in XO if available), mushrooms, "chicken," etc. Reasonable and I think they also have lunch specials

        1. I haven't been to Green Papaya in Alhambra yet, but it has had some good comments on this board. Looks as though there are a number of vegetarian choices. Here is the website:
          http://www.green-papaya.net/

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          1. re: Babette

            Green Papaya is great for Thai. I like their pad kee mao (spicy noodles)

          2. These all look great, I'm sure one of them will do. Thank you.