Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Restaurant review: Panda Express in Arlington
Panda Express recently introduced Honey Walnut Shrimp.
There is not a Panda Express location in Grand Prairie ... but it's close. Less than half a mile west from Highway 360, on SE Green Oaks Blvd., is the nearest place that Grand Prairians can enjoy the tasty entrees of Panda Express.
The latest addition to the restaurant's menu is the Honey Walnut Shrimp. Some folks are wary of shellfish from a fast food establishment, and not without cause. Shrimp are delicate and need to be prepared and handled properly. However, the present-day fast food industry apparently has a grasp on that concept. After all, McDonald's has had the Shrimp Burger in Japan for five years. Panda Express seems to have the same procedures that a Chinese buffet would have. So, if you eat buffet shrimp, you won't worry about the Honey Walnut Shrimp (which, by the way, is sweet and succulent!).
Ordering your meal at Panda Express is done in the cafeteria tradition. Locate the trays (on the left at this location), then check out the menu. If you're not sure if you will like the taste of a dish, ask for a sample.
When it comes to chicken, they have most take-out joints beaten, hands down. The quality of the meat is like that of the nuggets at Chick-Fil-A. There is no grisly, fatty filler or inedible bits. The veggies and pineapple that come with the sweet and sour chicken are juicy and taste fresh. A disappointing exception, however, is the Mandarin chicken, which is a more fatty, dark meat.
Panda's rice is not top notch, but it is probably as good as your local take-out. The side cups of sauces are hot and potent, so beware. Don't look for the soy sauce packets near the plastic forks because it's not there. Ask for those packets before you pay.
An average meal for two, including fountain drinks and egg rolls, will cost about $15 for lunch portions, and $20 for a dinner-sized feast.
Pegasus News Content partner - Michael Clark, Grand Prairie Restaurant Examiner
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