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Panda Express

cincodemayo1 Jul 12, 2006 07:30 PM

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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    LisaAZ Sep 25, 2006 05:44 AM

    I eat Panda Express a lot. One of the few options near where I work. I used to be limited to the Orange Chicken, but they have a new eggplant/tofu in a garlic sauce that is really yummy. I'd eat it even if I didn't have too.

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      antrobin Sep 25, 2006 02:51 AM

      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.

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        cincodemayo1 Jul 13, 2006 06:50 AM

        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-.

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          calabasas_trafalgar Jul 12, 2006 09:47 PM

          Black pepper chicken, bbq pork and chow mein!

          1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 12, 2006 09:21 PM

            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
              zGustibus Jul 16, 2006 10:48 PM

              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.


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              Kari Jul 12, 2006 07:40 PM

              Orange chicken and crab ragoons.

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