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Pleasantly surprised by P.F. Chang's

I'm a guy who loves his Asian food. Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, Japanese or Chinese all make me happy.

I am also a local guy. Emperor of China has replaced the long-forgotten Eddy's Place on Farwell as my favorite. Dining in or taking out, I have never been disappointed.

This week my wife and I found ourselves out at Mayfair at dinner time and decided to tray P. F. Chang's. It's a chain restaurant, so I didn't have high expectations.

How wrong I was.

The place was busy when we got there but managed to snag a table in the bar where they had full menu service. That became a plus immediately. Then our server, who was doubling as a bartender, stopped by with menus and took drink orders. Nothing special there.

But a look at the menu convinced me that there was stuff here that I hadn't seen in all these years of Asian dining.

I opted for the pan seared lamb, which came out in short order. Nicely shaved pieces of lamb with shallots over a bed of shredded hot lettuce and I was in absolute heaven. It was one of the best Asian dishes I've ever had.

P. F. Chang's is not budget dining but it's not outrageous either. The best thing about it was how surprise I was that it was as good as it was. Even though it's a long way away, I wouldn't mind getting stuck at Mayfair at dinner time again.

Talkbacks

Tiger | Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:16 a.m. (report)

yes, we were surprised with P.F. Changs also. We have 3 great Chinese restrauants between 60th & 76th Streets on North Ave. We enjoy them all. But the food and experence at Changs was pretty good recently -no wonder they've been been in business for quite a while at that location.

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Hckyboy00 | Jan. 27, 2012 at 9:54 a.m. (report)

Actually it's a blog, not a dining review. But with it saying blog on top, i'm sure that can be misleading.

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Aardvark | Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:11 p.m. (report)

34650 I swore that I read this breaking story posted at onwauwatosa.com recently. Be careful not to get "stuck" 12 miles away again Begel. It's SO far away it's practically in Madison!

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milwdiner | Jan. 26, 2012 at 3:32 p.m. (report)

Honestly? This is a review? No detail, no prices, no pictures, and one dish? Great reporting.

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