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Embarrassing - I really like PF Chang's

I feel like like I'm in an AA meeting for bringing this up, but....My name is El Jefe, and I really like PF Chang's.

This is embarrassing for someone who has spent their culinary lives unrelentingly punishing chain restaurants of all types. To make matters worse, I like the most touristy of all dishes like Chicken Lettuce Cups and Kung Pao Chicken. Part of it is thanks to LA's dearth of good Chinese, I have to make a Homerian Odyssey to SGV for decent, authentic, Chinese. But it’s more than just that.

And yet, I feel like there are others like me out there. Others have whispered they have similar opinions on PF Chang's, in dark alleys, fearing that their cover will be blown as well. Anyone want to make any confessions?

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  1. My name is SouthernFoodie08, and I really like PF Changs!

    Whew! That does feel good. I actually don't mind saying that I like the place. Like you said, the Chinese restaurants in LA leave a lot to be desired. So, if you want some good Chinese food that is consistent and don't want to drive to SGV. . .it is the place to go.

    I like their Shrimp Lo Mein, Crab Wontons and Honey Shrimp (how is that for generic choices??).

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    1. re: SouthernFoodie08

      TT's been a Changster since '99! Chang's Spicy Chicken and Crispy Honey Shrimp anyone?


    2. I like a few dishes there, including the lettuce wraps, and I'm not embarassed to admit it. I think I'd be more embarrassed to say that I won't drive east of the 405 in search of good food ;)

      1. I'm not a fan but that's neither here nor there. Your post is about you liking it. I was torn to pieces this morning in another thread and have still not recovered. I stated some opinions and wham! And to make matters worse, my reply was deleted. Oh well. My mother loves PFC and I love my mother, so we go about once a month. It's a pretty restaurant. The one in Charlotte is in a lovely part of town.

        1. I like it too. My boyfriend lives right near the 3rd street Promenade. We like to see movies or just not venture out too far, and the 3rd street choices are somewhat limited. PF changs is never really a let down. The lettuce wraps are good, I like the won ton soup, and we change it up on our main entree. It may not be the most authentic chinese food, but it's still tasty... and that's all that matters. Also, sometimes it's just nice to know what you're going to get. Consistency is one of the main things that people like about chains.

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          1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

            Do you guys ever go to Musha? It's less than a block away and while I like some things at PF Chang's, the food at Musha is amazing and ridiculously cheap.

            1. re: mollyomormon

              Is Musha Japanese? The boyfriend doesn't like sushi (stupid), but I do. If they have hot entrees that aren't fish, he'll go.

              1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                Musha is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. And yes, its Japanese Izikaya, so doesn't fit my Chinese cravings.

                1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                  I would steer clear of the sushi there anyway since the other dishes are more their specialty. They offer tons of non-fish cooked dishes.

            2. I like it too. I really like the szechwan scallops, I don't care that they aren't authentic, they taste good. Its certainly no trip to Mei Long Village but I like it. There are others out there just like you!

              1. I have to confess, there's one near me at work and I find myself going there at least a few times a month! They may be chain-y, but their food is higher quality than the other two Asian-themed restaurants in the area.

                I especially like the Japanese eggplant and ground chicken dish. And the Dan-Dan noodles. I crave them.

                1. I like the pin noodle soup, and the lettuce wraps. I like my local 'joints' better for the old standbys. I crave that soup every time I get a cold - it's so yummy and spicy!

                  1. Another fan of PF Chang's here! When I used to visit my dad in California PF Chang's was one of places I had to go since at that time there weren't any locations on the east coast. I loved the chicken lettuce cups, the dan dan noodles and the iced tea.

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                    1. re: SarahEats

                      when i lived in burbank, we frequented changs more than a few times. am i in trouble? lol

                    2. You don't have to be ashamed...they do have really good lettuce wraps...

                      1. I only ate their once and had the orange garlic shrimp. It was pretty good. I live in Albany and never really go uptown to where one just opened. But if I do have to eat at the mall it is in, I would choose that over the other places.

                        1. thank god there are others out there who feel as i do. i actually really enjoy pf changs. i've never had a bad meal there! the lettuce wraps are great and i also love the mushu chicken. i have eaten my share of great chinese food, but sometimes i just crave those lettuce wraps!