I’ve been wanting to try the new PF Chang’s at Countryside Mall, but the wait has been outrageous since they opened.  We happened to be over there early today and were able to get a table in the bar area.  We started off with the salt and pepper calamari.


Definitely not worth the wait and we waited a long time for the appetizer to come out of the kitchen.  They don’t put the salt & pepper on it when it comes out of the fryer, instead giving you a container to sprinkle it on.  It loses its appeal because it doesn’t stick to the calamari properly.  As for the calamari, it was chewy.  The dipping sauce that came with it tasted like it came right out of a jar.  It was not good.  For his entree, Loren chose the sesame chicken.



He liked the flavor of it, but the veggies didn’t taste fresh at all.  The chicken was tender and the sauce was sort of sweet and spicy.  I tried the honey chicken.



Again, the flavor was ok, but the chicken wasn’t tender enough for me.  Overall, it tasted like overpriced chain restaurant food.  Nothing we ate had any sort of freshness to it.  It was all just very generic.  The wait was ridiculous for both the appetizer and the entrees.  It’s just not an efficiently run restaurant at this point.  When we got up to leave, a woman came barreling at us to grab the table since the wait for the dining room was so long.   Total bill with a drink was $41.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
27001 US Highway 19N #115
Clearwater, FL

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