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“Avoid - as bland & commercially overrated as it gets!”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s
Ranked #141 of 2,346 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chicago, Illinois
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“Avoid - as bland & commercially overrated as it gets!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2010

I have been to PF Changs in NYC, Chicagoland, LA, and in Indianapolis (both locations in Indy), each time it has been at the insistence of the majority of the group I was with, and at each visit I was consistently underwhelmed. I am bewildered as to the large following this place has. The two locations in Indy are always packed - lunch & dinner, the parking lot for the Keystone location is perpetually full & for love of god I cannot figure out what the attraction is! My visit to the Keystone location was for lunch (office occasion), the egg drop soup was bland and had the consistency of thick motor oil, it was soo flavorless that I sent it back in exchange for the hot & sour soup. The hot/sour was anything but hot & sour, it too had the viscosity of used motor oil (way too much starch!), it had cold spots and none of the flavor of a traditional hot & sour soup. The waitress suggested I add some of the house hot sauce, soy sauce, mustard sauce or some crazy mixed concoction of all three she prepared at the table! Yech!
I figure I’d order a ‘staple’ dish of cashew chicken to avoid any unpleasant surprises; I had to ask for extra rice to cover for the bad flavor (the sauce tasted like it was made from old soup bullion – salty with none of the flavor that comes from slow simmered broths). This place has consistently served some of the worst tasting Asian-themed food, apparently people are easily impressed by the happy staff (& the silly act of mixing sauces at your table). The Keystone location in Indianapolis has to take first place for the worst of all the PF Changes I’ve visited, the food here is bland and as commercially overrated as it gets. There are several decent alternatives in the area if you really want Asian – Benihana is about 300 yards away & although Benihana is certainly not a recommended choice it sure beats the sorry excuse of an Asian-themed restaurant that PF Changs at Keystone is. Avoid!

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“Waited for about 5 minutes before I ever...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2010

Waited for about 5 minutes before I ever saw a server. Ate 2 items off the $3-$6 menu that are offered from 3-6 pm daily. Both were great. The spicy string beans are a must.

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Springfield, Ohio
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“Good Experience at PF Chang's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2009

We dined at this restaurant since we have visited the ones in SW Ohio on occasion. It was exactly like them in that it was bustling and served up good food. It is not the usual stereotypical Chinese cuisine as they have things like salmon and sea bass for a couple of items. The appetizers are varied and I like the fact that they do not serve up an industrial strength serving of the rice like as so many others do. The waitress was knowledgeable took good care of us. Since we had made a reservation via internet, we got right in past others who were waiting. They are efficient.

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indianapolis
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“GREAT PLACE TO EAT!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2009

Every one is complaining about the wait at this restaurant, which obviously means it's a popular place to eat and they also take reservations! The portions aren't "Irresponsibly Huge" It is a CHINA BISTRO, if you knew anything about restaurants you would know that meant family dining so the portions are big because it is made to share. This is a great place to eat with excellent service. If you don't know anything about restaurants please keep your reviews to yourself so you aren't wasting any one else's time.

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indiana
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“loud and crowded spot on the northside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2009

Why are so many people waiting 40 minutes to eat here on a Friday night at 5:45? Yes the food is good, but not enough to warrant the long weight, and the service is sometimes slow, the portions are irresponsibly huge. Otherwise is OK for kids and families.

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