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P.F. Changs

I just went for lunch today to the new one that just opened yesterday in Freehold, NJ. This was my first ever to this chain, and I must say WOW! Great chain!! I tend to never like Chinese food because here in NJ, it is so salty, all that damn brown sugar sauce on everything!! P.F.'s was such a difference! Fresh lettuce wraps with delcious chicken, wide noodles in a fresh cucumber mix...very tasty! An amazing lamb dish with cumin and mint, calamari nicely prepared, not over fried. The group of us ordered so many different things, that I don't think there was anything I did not like!!

Does anyone else have a favorite dish here?? ALl the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked great!!

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  1. My wife and I ate at the one in Lexington KY on Thursday night - it too was very very good. She had the chicken chow mein and I had the kung pao shrimp. Very tasty!

    1. P.F. Chang is a tasty place. I'm more afraid of the Jersey brown sugar sauce. What the heck is that and where are you eating?

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      1. re: sausagefinger

        Ha! Ha! I HATE that stuff, too!! Gross..it's on almost EVERY Chinese dish here in NJ. You don't get served that where you are? What state are you from? I think people just love that disgusting sauce. I asked one time for no sauce, no sugar...they told me that was impossible!

      2. I've liked the spring rolls, chicken with black bean sauce, orange peel chicken, and an asparagus dish. My husband likes the Mongolian beef, but I found it a bit too chewy.

        1. My girlfriend loves P.F. Chang's, and it has really grown on me too. We always split the salt and pepper calamari, which is perfectly crispy and rather light, considering it is fried. The duck dish is terrific, and I love the grilled lamb that comes on a bed of shredded lettuce (not the spicier lamb dish, which I haven't tried). We actually just tried the ginger-honey grilled lamb chops last time we went, and they were amazing (but small). I'm also partial to the chow fun noodles, which are the broad, flat noodles.

          Also, they just started offering great new desserts that come in shot glasses for $2 each, much like the Florida-based restaurant Seasons 52. These are all traditional desserts, not even trying to be Chinese or Asian-fusion, but you can't go wrong with them.

          1. I find this ironic that you would place these posts on Chowhound. PF Chang's is to Chinese as the Olive Garden is to real Italian. Chang's is a mall version of a Chinese ClaimJumper. I suggest you get out and find the real thing and support your local, family owned Asian restaurant that serves great food prepared with honest, loving care. They may not have a 28 page menu, but then, they don't have a CEO who knows nothing about Chinese food and everything about marketing to the masses.

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            1. re: Glassman

              Come on, isn't that overly harsh and judgmental? We are on the Chains forum, after all! I've never been to a Claim Jumper (we don't have them here in FL), but while the food at Olive Garden is usually mediocre and uninspired, Chang's is a chain that happens to have good food. Guess what? Lots of locally-owned Italian and Chinese restaurants aren't that good, and I'll take an above-average chain (they're out there!) over a below-average local joint any day.

              1. re: Glassman

                Sorry about the little guy in the business, but the Chinese around me here is NJ..the food is old, greasy, and disgusting. How can the little guy compete with this chain?? I don't eat at the Olive Garden EVER, that is not Italian to me. Here in NJ, it is very hard to find authentic Chinese food. The only time I actually enjoy it, is when we go over to our friends, who are Chinese, in Flushing, and eat their food, which is completely different than the crap they serve on their menus. Even our friends laugh at their menus.

                1. re: Angelina

                  Like Angelina, I live in the NYC-area suburbs and find much of the local Chinese food to be greasy. Sometimes a greasy fried dumpling hits the spot, but other times, it doesn't. If "honest, loving care" means giving me questionable chicken with tons of gristle, then we've got it in spades around here. The chicken at P.F. Chang's actually looks like a fresh chicken breast that I'd buy in the supermarket.

                  1. re: shellyesq

                    And as much as I agree with you and like it, I don't think P.F. Chang's food is close to "authentic" Chinese. That said, not everyone is looking for that "authentic" experience all the time, or perhaps ever...

                2. re: Glassman

                  I agree with Lou. This is a CHAINS board. And not being part of a chain does not guarantee good quality of food. I live within walking distance of at least four Chinese restaurants, two take-outs and two eat-ins where you can take out. Two of them are so bad that I just would not buy food there under (virtually) any circumstances and that's a shame, as one of them is directly across the street from the apartment building where I live and I sure could get food delivered more quickly from there than the place I do order from. That said, probably none of these places and definitely P.F. Changs as well, are "authentic," but that's not what I am always looking for, anyway.

                  As to your question, I recently had the shrimp with candied walnuts. Yum.

                  1. re: Glassman

                    What an old and tired comment. I guess that you are assuming that people haven't or just don't know good Chinese food. I'm Asian and eat great homemade Chinese food and support my local Chinese restaurants. I go to P.F. when I'm shopping in the mall downtown and wouldn't trade it for the world. There is nothing wrong with paying respect to places that you enjoy, regardless of authenticity.

                    1. re: Glassman

                      Well, I think everyone should be entitled to their own opinion and if people like PF Changs, then they like it... so what? Is there a hard and fast rule that chain restaurants must be poor quality? Maybe PF Changs is doing something right. Geez, give them a chance and quit being so judgmental of people.

                      1. re: Glassman

                        When someone posts about McDonalds here on the CHAINS board, do you jump in and tell them to patronize their local, family owned burger joint?

                        Not that I'm such a big fan of PF Changs, but if you're ever in Northern Virginia, let me know and I'll point you in the directions of some perfectly horrible family-owned Asian restaurants.

                        Sheesh.

                        1. re: Glassman

                          haha I'm sorry how many p.f changs advertisments have you seen? None they don't advertise it's strickly by word of mouth. And as far as it's founding one of the founds is philip Chaing. And they spend millions of dollars in the care of their food. I've never seen anything like it. So if dirty and lower quality food is better than sure go some where else but their food is very well care for. And part of the training consists of learning about the chinese culture. They also have an open kitchen so if you would like to go check all of this out go for it.