Food Porn: PF Chang’s

When I found out that PF Chang’s was coming to Buffalo, I was pretty excited and I barely knew anything about their restaurants.  I knew they were a national chain and I had heard a lot of kind words from my family and friends and I fondly remembered when they were mentioned in a hilarious South Park episode.  Even with my stance on “no chain restaurants”, I have already broken that rule with The Melting Pot and figured that I could bend the rules for another “upscale” national chain.

The problem with these new restaurants in the Galleria Mall is that Buffalo apparently goes nuts and EVERYONE tries to go at the same time.  It happened with The Cheesecake Factory, Bravo, and The Melting Pot.  Just for kicks, Alli and I tried to stop in (without a reservation) on a random Tuesday evening and found out that the wait was 3 HOURS.  I love food, and I love fine dining, but there really should be no reason to have to wait for 3 hours for food.  The following day I made my reservation, 2 and a half weeks later.

Egg Drop Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

We arrived on our pre-defined date and only had to wait maybe 10 minutes to be seated.  To start, the service was honestly great; our server was very friendly and constantly around to help with refills or to take our order.  She also mixed together her “signature” sauce (pictured below) which included some vinegar, chili oil, and soy sauce.  Apparently each server has their own thing and it’s a cute idea.  I didn’t really use the sauce for much but Alli enjoyed it.

We decided to go with their “PF Chang’s For 2″ Special that is a great deal for any couple.  For 39.99 we enjoyed two soups, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 2 mini desserts.  For our two soups, Alli ordered the Egg Drop Soup and I ordered the Hot and Sour Soup.  While the Egg Drop soup was pretty standard in flavor, the Hot and Sour soup was fairly lackluster.  To be fair, however, I haven’t enjoyed any Hot and Sour soup since trying out The Saigon Cafe’s this summer.  Maybe its the gelatin.

Lettuce Wraps

For our appetizer we ordered the one item we had been dying to try, the Lettuce Wraps (see above).  Literally every person who had been to aPF Chang’s made mention of how great this appetizer was.  So, naturally, I was pretty excited to try it out, and it definitely lived up to my high expectations.  Mixing in some of our server’s “special sauce” they were messy but very good.  If there was one menu item that I can recommend for anyone considering a meal at PF Chang’s, it would be the Lettuce Wraps.

Crispy Honey Chicken

Sesame Chicken

For our main entrees we chose the Crispy Honey Chicken (in part because of a twitter follower’s suggestion) and the Sesame Chicken (a long time favorite).  The Crispy Honey Chicken was pretty good, infact we ate the entire order fairly quickly.  It wasn’t as “crispy” as I was hoping…I thought it would have a thick crispy batter that was completely unhealthy but instead it was very lightly fried (I should have paid more attention to their description on the menu).  Still the honey glaze on the chicken was sugary sweet and quite delicious.  I wish I could say the same for the sauce on the Sesame Chicken.  It was really thick and tasted weirdly like BBQ sauce to me.  It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever eaten but I have had much better (and cheaper) sesame chicken from the cheap little Chinese restaurant down my street.

Overall, it seems to be that most of the entrees you can order at PF Chang’s are just prettier looking (and much more expensive) versions of what you can get at any corner Chinese place.  And to be honest, your local Chinese take out probably tastes the exact same if not better.  The Lettuce Wraps were the only menu item that I would go out of my way for.  The service was great, the restaurant was actually gorgeous inside, and the atmosphere made you feel like you were in a hip “LA Style” restaurant.  I’m glad Buffalo has gained another “high end chain” and that it gives us some weird form of credibility as a “real city”, but in my opinion the food isn’t that great and its definitely not worth a 2+ hour wait.

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4 thoughts on “Food Porn: PF Chang’s

  1. i also had a waitress who mixed her “signature” sauce and we had the couple deal for 40 bucks too… both soups and the same appetizer as lettuce wraps. you forgot to mention the LITTLE glasses of cake dessert they give you. i wanted more!

    great conclusion paragraph; i agree with everything you said

    • Alli Suriani

      the little desserts were terrible. i felt like the cake tasted stale and it was like two bites and it was gone.

  2. jesse

    I agree, I really think P.F. stands for poor food. the little cheap Hong Kong Kitchen on Seneca St. in buffalo Kicks P.F’s a** I spend $15 at Hong Kong kitchen and we have all sorts of delicious FRESH food that is actually steaming when it’s served to me. Oh yeah PF’s mini dessert, a shot glass and jello pudding, WOW!

  3. erin

    If you are going to eat at PF Chang’s YOU MUST order the chicken wraps, Chang’s chicken, Or the Ginger chicken, and for desert the GREAT WALL OF CHOCOLATE! Duhh!!!

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