By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
My wife, kids, and I wanted something quick but we also did not want any suprises. Given the requirements, we settled on the chain of chinese restaurants called P.F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro.
I have seen several P.F. Chang’s around the country, and hold them in same regard as Chili’s, Olive Garden, and the like. It should be consistent, it should have the expected menu items, and it should have a known price. Quality is another issue as it can be hit or miss with the massive chain restaurants. Luckily, P.F. Chang’s typically is of good enough quality and flavor.
We go on a warm summer evening and are seated off to the side, with no one around us. I’m pretty sure everyone bathed, so I’m not sure why we are given the isolationist treatment. Being alone on one side of the restaurant is fine though as our waiter shows up right away and takes our order.
We order the Orange Peel Beef and Beef Lo-Mein to split as the dishes are large enough to feed two people each. The food comes out after a reasonable delay and is warm to the touch. The Orange Peel Beef is a less than hot though and looks like it has been under a heat lamp for a while.
The Orange Peel Beef is a little overfried but I really enjoy the orange flavor mixed in with the chili sauce. It is sweet, spicy, and savory. It goes well with the supplied white rice and is something I would order again.
The Beef Lo-Mein is a little greasy but has plenty of flavor and is packed with slices of beef and vegetables. The noodles are cooked just right, with a slight bite to them. Overall I enjoy the dish and would not mind sharing it family style in the future.
All in all we enjoyed our time and the kids really liked the food. They offer a nice large-chain-style atmosphere, are clean, punctual, and of good quality. I am sure we will be back in the future the next time we crave American-Chinese food. I just wish there was an authentic but local place, like the Gourmt Dumpling House in Boston. I would go there any time over a chain option.