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Aug 26, 2008 09:40 AM

PF Changs China Bistro [moved from Tristate board]

Looking for feedback on this place near Roosevelt Field? Is is good for romantic lunch or dinner? How is service?

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    1. I havent been to this one (but a few others) and they are all the same. I like the food, but they can be noisy and it not a place to linger and hold hands

      1. Crap food, high prices, dismal atmosphere. Avoid at all costs.

        1. PFC is a purely invented "Chinese/Asian" place that might be described as being to Asian food as Carraba is to Italian food or Cheesecake Factory is to American food. The "PF" in the name stands for Paul Fleming, the main founder, who is obviously not exactly Asian (he is a native of Louisiana who was previously in the oil business). All that said, the hoi polloi seem to like it, especially the chicken wrapped in lettuce from what I've read. The company has also won several "architectural awards," so presumably the fake Chinese decor/design in their stores is interesting. But don't expect a Chinese experience that would be recognized by a chowhound. Expect a sleek pseudo-Asian (Chinese American) experience that would appeal to the semi-washed middle class that has likely never eaten good Chinese food, and thinks Cheesecake Factory is the epitome of fine dining. In fact, the chain was founded on the concept of bringing "Chinese" food to the masses who are intimidated by an actual Chinese restaurant with a ...gasp... big menu. As to romantic, that is in the eye of the beholder.

          1. Some of the posters make it sound like this is one of the signs of the apocalypse.

            Can you find better and more authentic Asian food in any reasonably sized metropolitan area where a Chang's is located?


            Is the food bad at Chang's?

            No. It's just a more mainstream dining establishment. I wouldn't call it romantic by a long shot, but it's not offensive nor will you likely have a bad meal there.

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            1. re: ferret

              Not only can you find better Chinese food than P.F. Chang's, you can also find far worse. It falls right in the middle of my old mantra - I'm easy to please but difficult to impress.