Recently a couple of PDQ restaurants have begun popping up in the Tampa Bay area.
What is PDQ? Well, before today I had no idea. The first location opened in South Tampa earlier this year and, while I had driven by it countless times on my way to swim practice, I’d never been inside. Was it fast food? Sit down? Quick service? – I wasn’t sure, but I was curious. The bright colors, fresh logo, and contemporary design was what had me interested. Without even knowing what food they served, or how they served it, I knew I waned to try it. I’m telling you, marketer’s dream. right here. Make something look pretty and I’m like putty in your hands.
After the location in South Tampa had already piqued my interest, I discovered they were building another location on my side of town. Perfect. The new location opened on Sunday and, when I realized I didn’t even have an inkling of a desire to cook dinner tonight, I suggested Derek and I pick up dinner to-go.
The restaurant was PACKED! The line for the drive-thru (yep, drive thru – we need to classify this as “upscale fast food”) was 8 cars deep and I had to wait for a spot in the parking lot. The line inside was crazy too – it started before I even entered the place. Even though we were bringing the food back home, I wanted to go inside to check the place out. The restaurant was cute – lots of light, open floor plan, and wood tables (instead of booths) for dining. There was a fresh vibe that’s missing from other fast food chains.
I was handed a menu in line that included three sections of tenders, sandwiches, and salads, with variations of those options listed below. After watching various trays of food pass me by, I decided to go with the tender option with fries. Seemed smart to go the “classic” route, plus the fries looked amazing. They had that fresh cut look, which was a nice change from the typical frozen look found at other fast food joints.
I put my order in and my name was called before I even had a chance to fill my fountain drink (LOVE the Coca-cole freestyle machines – I just got club soda). I grabbed my drink, grabbed the food, then headed home.
I like the idea of putting each meal in a box to keep it a “meal” in the bag, but it really makes stealing fries from the bag just that much more difficult. Just sayin’.
Yep, told you I was sucker for pretty marketing. How cute is this box? And they put my name on it! It’s not spelled right, but it’s there.
Now, onto the food.
I’d give the chicken tenders a 7 out of 10. They were good – crispy, nice size, and not too greasy – but nothing special.
However, the fries get a 9.5.
They were greasy (in a good way!), had a nice level of saltiness to them, and really did taste like they were fresh cut today. The fries sold me on the meal.
Overall I enjoyed PDQ. Not something I would order everyday, but I would eat there again. My side of town is seriously lacking a good chicken tender spot, so I’m sure PDQ will have no problem keeping the crowds coming after the excitement over the grand opening begins to wear off.
Do you have a PDQ where you live? Are you a fan?
Rewinding to earlier today…
Lunch was a beautiful snack plate of tofu, cheese, tomato, carrots, tortilla, and hummus.
My snack (nibbled on while packing!) was a peach with walnuts.
I have a super early flight in the morning – time to get some sleep!
See you in Boston!
P.S. I updated the wedding page! Check out the details on how we scored an awesome deal on our suits for the wedding!