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Oct 31, 2006 03:14 PM

Scenario: You're at the shopping mall during lunch/dinner hour. What do you eat?

Malls are not bastions of haute cuisine. The purpose of the food court is primarily a utalitarian one: fill the gullet fast

And answers like, "Well, Hoity Toity Cafe is just across the street so I would rather run over there for a meal," don't count. FOOD COURT!!! :)

My choices are:
-Orange Chicken at Panda Express
-Walnut Chicken Sandwich at Paradise Bakery

If I'm there for dinner, I grab a Chicken Ceasar Salad from La Madeline

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  1. If they have a Chik-Fil-A that's what line I'll be standing in. I love their chicken sandwiches.

    1. I can usually choke down some sushi collection at Wok'n'Roll.

      1. In the Boston area, we're lucky enough to have the very decent Gourmet India option.

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        1. re: gini

          Agree with Gini - Gourmet India is the spot I hit (Boston and Providence RI area).

          1. re: gini

            Yes indeed, our choice also.

          2. -Chick-Fil-A original chicken sandwich and a Diet Lemonade
            -Orange chicken from Panda Express
            -Pepperoni pizza from Sbarro

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            1. If I have to eat at the mall I go to Great Steak and Potato. They provide a halfway edible attempt at a steak sandwich.

              As for Panda Express, there food is terrible, maybe folks who eat here have no decent chinese restaurants near them..

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              1. re: swsidejim

                Panda Express is not terrible! It isn't authentic Chinese cuisine, but it hits the spot when looking for something quick and yummy!

                1. re: clarecat

                  like i said, if Panda Express is considered good, Id hate to eat at the local chinese spots where this is the case. They must be really bad..

                  1. re: swsidejim

                    Would have to agree here... We had a themed week going on at work and they brought Panda Express in one day and their dumplings were like bad McDonalds chicken nuggets (thats saying something..). Their rice wasn't cooked soft and their 'sweet&sour' sauce looked like red food dye with canned pineapple. It was horrifying.. I would most definetly wait until I got home before making this a quick snack.. egh.

                    1. re: andlulu

                      I like their eggplant and tofu but their rice is horrible, bone dry cheap rice.

                      1. re: kare_raisu

                        The white rice is gross; the sauces are gross. The orange chicken, the Mongolian beef and the kung pao whatever are the things to get... and they're not bad.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          Add to that list the Mandarin Chicken (which to me, anyway, is a "low-fat" version of the Orange Chicken).

                        2. re: kare_raisu

                          I'm Chinese and for some reason I love the dry rice they serve at restaurants...

                  2. re: swsidejim

                    I ate at Great Steak and Potato last week in the Phoenix Airport. They use this gooey yellow cheese on their baked potatoes - gag!

                    1. re: gini

                      never had a baked potato there. Not something Id get at a fast food place expecting to be impressed.

                      Did you try a steak sandwich? Not haf as good as a real Philly steak, but when you need some beef and cheese, and cannot stand to eat taco bell, or the other choices at the mall it eases the philly steak jones., at least for those of us not lucky enough to be in Philly.

                      1. re: swsidejim

                        Naw I had the grilled veggie sandwich with melted cheese. Not bad mushrooms and grilled veggies although the fries & bread were a waste of time.