The generous people over at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro sent me a $50 gift card. Awesome! They will also send a $100 gift card to a lucky reader of this dad blog. Double awesome!
As you probably can tell by their name, P.F. Chang’s is an Asian restaurant. Actually, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is a chain of 190 upscale casual dining restaurants. Upscale and casual? When I saw that on their website, I was skeptical too. When I think of upscale, I’m picturing a jacket, tie, and an experience far from casual. However, when we dined there, I was pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was indeed both upscale and casual. The restaurant was spectacular and no one even glared at us when my kids were a little too loud.
I’ve been to many Chinese restaurants in my life and I can tell you P.F. Chang’s is the most stunning Asian restaurant I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere was fabulous. It’s the kind of upscale restaurant a dad can take their spouse to for special occassions. It’s a shame my wife couldn’t go (she stayed home with baby and the Little Princess). She would have loved P.F. Chang’s. Too bad, so sad.
Here’s a first for me: P.F. Chang’s is the only Chinese restaurant I’ve been to with a menu specially designed for children. As a dad, I can tell you from experience that a kids menu is nice way to keep the kids entertained. Otherwise, the children might set each other on fire before their food arrives.
The kids menu offer a variety of games and puzzles to keep kids entertained:
- Warrior Wisdom
Color the warrior and draw a background scene
Connect the dots to finish the picture
- Lucky Cat Fortune
Make words from the letters in “Lucky Cat Fortune”
Best two out of three games wins
I was also surprised by how affordable the kids meals were. The kids meals range from $5 to $3. With prices like that, you can afford to take the entire family to P.F. Chang’s. The kids meals feature a kid-size entrée, a drink (with a lid), and an appetizer bowl (fruits and noodles). There are four entrées to choose from:
- Chicken ($4.95)
Served with Honey or Sweet and Sour dipping sauce
- Lo Mein ($3.95)
Egg noodles stir-fried with chicken
- Chicken Fried Rice ($2.95)
A kid’s favorite without the veggies
- Baby Buddha’s Feast ($2.95)
Snap peas, carrots, and broccoli served steamed or stir-fried
I was hoping my kids would each order something different so I could sample more dishes, but the Little Monkey and Spiderboy both ordered the Lo Mein noodles (they loved it). My son (age six) didn’t have any problem finishing his noodles, but the portion was just a little too much for my daughter (age four). I ordered Chang’s Spicy Chicken (General Tso’s). It was a little too spicy for me (I had to ask for water — I’m such a wimp when it comes to spicy food), but I still loved it. The chicken was tender and sweet.
The overall dining experience at P.F. Chang’s was wonderful. The waitress was nice, the service was quick, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was great. Note: tea isn’t free like it is at the mom and pop Chinese restaurants. The tea costs $2.50 and it comes in a nifty looking black teapot.
And now for the giveaway. To enter the contest for a $100 gift card to P.F. Chang’s, take a look at their menu. Then leave a comment telling me your favorite dish. The deadline to enter is Monday, December 14, 2009 and is limited to US addresses. The winner will be randomly selected. In the meantime, think about getting a gift card for the holidays. For every $50 in P.F. Chang’s gift cards purchased, you will receive a $10 Be Our Guest Card for use in 2010. Offer ends December 31, 2009.