Jason La / Los Angeles Times
2 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra
Open 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Sunday.
This cozy mom and pop spot doubles as a bookshop. Eat inside the restaurant or amid the Chinese comic books and magazines in the adjacent room. Most of the dishes hover under the $5 mark. For $3.95, you get a small bowl of rice, mince meat, egg and vegetables.
Pictured: Chinese chicken with rice ($3.95)