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by Meghann on August 15, 2012

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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!

1 deva by definition August 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

We don’t have a PDQ where I live but it looks fabulous! I have a soft spot for chicken tenders – yum. Right now I’m into the fries from Five Guys – so good, like boardwalk fries ๐Ÿ™‚
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2 Becky @ runfundone August 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I have never heard of PDQ. I did have one of the best breakfasts of my life in Tampa though! I don’t know what the place was called, but I got Red Velvet pancakes and they changed my life forever! I hope you know where this is and go there on a weekly basis!

3 Alli August 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Did you find out what PDQ stands for? We have a PDQ gas station where I’m from, far far away from Florida, and they claim it stands for “Pretty Damn Quick.” LOL.

4 pluvk August 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Wow – I’ve never heard of this place before! I like the look of it, but I was hoping it was a fast food salad joint! Oh well, french fries are good, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Mary August 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I love PDQ! It is so inviting with those misters!! And their grilled tenders are super Yummy!

6 Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 16, 2012 at 12:08 am

I’ve never heard of PDQ, but it definitely looks like a step up from other fast food chains.
Do you know if the food is any “healthier” compared to similar places?
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7 Debbie August 16, 2012 at 5:50 am

I have not tried PDQ yet but if their fries are that good I am going soon.

8 Brittney August 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

We actually had one of these in my town for a while and I never got to try it before it went out of business. There still isn’t anything new in the location!
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9 Jessica August 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

The opened a PDQ close to my house too. I had no idea what it was until someone at my running group last night told me. I might have to make a visit soon.
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10 CampingGirl August 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I have never heard of PDQ, I will have to see if we have them in Canada.
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11 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

When I was 8 up until the age of about 12, 95% of what I ordered in a restaurant would be chicken tenders and fries. So they definitely have a soft spot in my heart – I prefer to make my own though!
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12 Emily N August 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Never heard of a PDQ, but those fries look AWESOME (I don’t think they are something that i could ever give up completely!)
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