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Jul 12, 2006 07:30 PM

Panda Express

Anyone ever been to one of their stand alone locations? I've only had Panda in mall food courts...

I'll be going in a few minutes. Any suggestions?

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  1. Orange chicken and crab ragoons.

    1. The food is one hundred percent identical to the food in the malls. I'll get the occasional crave for their Orange Flavored Chicken (which tastes absolutely nothing like oranges).

      As a side note, the only place I have found that does standalone restaurants better than food court locations is Chick-Fil-A. I have never seen a friendlier staff than at standalone Chick-Fil-A locations, and the food is better too.

      Then there was the time I saw a Sonic in a food court. Something about that just did not compute.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        That is only true on the west coast. The mall Panda Express on the East Coast don't hold a candle to the stand alone ones in L.A.


      2. Black pepper chicken, bbq pork and chow mein!

        1. Didn't see the black pepper chicken when I was there, but ther BBQ pork was quite tasty. So was the chow mein. I had chicken but they didn't put any sauce on it, so it wasn't so great. Neither was the spring roll. Wish they had a salad option. Overall: B-.

          1. Panda Express also owns a small chain of stand-alone "sit down" restaraunts called Panda Inn. Just a few locations in California, I believe. Anyway, I used to frequent the Panda Inn at Horton Plaza in San Diego, and I can confidently state that while neither aunthentic nor excellent, it's pretty good for chain food, and definitely better than PF Chang's.