Nearby restaurant lives up to name, provides quality meals

Gabby Arzola // Columnist

Gabby Arzola // Columnist
During my weekly trip to Chipotle with my mom, I notice a restaurant in the plaza called PDQ.

What the heck is PDQ?

With my curiosity senses tingling (and my stomach rumbling), my mom and I ditch Chipotle and make our way to this mysterious restaurant.

Immediately as I walk in, an employee welcomes me with a smile and says, “Hi! Welcome to PDQ!”

As I look around, I notice that the restaurant doesn’t have a specific theme, but it is clean and welcoming.

The menu was very family friendly with chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, salads, shakes and eight homemade dipping sauces to choose from.

My mom ordered chicken nuggets and I got the grilled chicken salad with blueberry-ginger vinaigrette dressing.

Oh, and a Cheerwine!

As we were waiting for our food, we often take this time to go to the bathroom to wash our hands, but not this time.

Right before the hallway to go to the bathrooms, there is a large steel trough where guests can wash their hands with soothing lavender soap.

It may seem silly, but anytime when I can avoid touching a bathroom door handle, it means a lot to me.

Within minutes, the same employee who first welcomed me, goes on the speaker and says “Come on down Gabby, it’s PDQ time!”

As I get my meal, I notice a sign that explains what PDQ means: “People Dedicated to Quality.”

They weren’t wrong.

My salad had a generous amount of warm chicken and the blueberry-ginger vinaigrette was light and tangy. The cold and crisp vegetables like shredded carrots and lettuce made the salad refreshing and filling.
The nuggets were also tasty. Lightly battered and fried until golden brown, these nuggets were juicy, crunchy and perfect for dipping.

With eight homemade sauces to choose from, my favorite is Buffalo Bleu. A mix of bleu cheese and buffalo sauce, it has the heat, but is toned down by the cheese.

The Cheerwine is a perfect way to top off these meals. No, it’s not wine. It resembles a Dr. Pepper Cherry, but it is slightly less fizzy.

PDQ serves fresh, tasty and quick meals. This would be a perfect spot to go with family, friends or even by yourself. For those who don’t like chicken, there are also turkey options.

With “happy hour” everyday from 3-5 p.m., guests can get 50 percent off each milkshake. And now, they are serving their limited edition apple pie shake, so I’m definitely going back for more.
Beacon Bits is a weekly column about food for the college student on the weekends. Gabby Arzola was not given free food, she paid for it.

With my curiosity senses tingling (and my stomach rumbling), my mom and I ditch Chipotle and make our way to this mysterious restaurant.

Immediately as I walk in, an employee welcomes me with a smile and says, “Hi! Welcome to PDQ!”

As I look around, I notice that the restaurant doesn’t have a specific theme, but it is clean and welcoming.

The menu was very family friendly with chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, salads, shakes and eight homemade dipping sauces to choose from.

My mom ordered chicken nuggets and I got the grilled chicken salad with blueberry-ginger vinaigrette dressing.

Oh, and a Cheerwine!

As we were waiting for our food, we often take this time to go to the bathroom to wash our hands, but not this time.

Right before the hallway to go to the bathrooms, there is a large steel trough where guests can wash their hands with soothing lavender soap.

It may seem silly, but anytime when I can avoid touching a bathroom door handle, it means a lot to me.

Within minutes, the same employee who first welcomed me, goes on the speaker and says “Come on down Gabby, it’s PDQ time!”

As I get my meal, I notice a sign that explains what PDQ means: “People Dedicated to Quality.”

They weren’t wrong.

My salad had a generous amount of warm chicken and the blueberry-ginger vinaigrette was light and tangy. The cold and crisp vegetables like shredded carrots and lettuce made the salad refreshing and filling.
The nuggets were also tasty. Lightly battered and fried until golden brown, these nuggets were juicy, crunchy and perfect for dipping.

With eight homemade sauces to choose from, my favorite is Buffalo Bleu. A mix of bleu cheese and buffalo sauce, it has the heat, but is toned down by the cheese.

The Cheerwine is a perfect way to top off these meals. No, it’s not wine. It resembles a Dr. Pepper Cherry, but it is slightly less fizzy.

PDQ serves fresh, tasty and quick meals. This would be a perfect spot to go with family, friends or even by yourself. For those who don’t like chicken, there are also turkey options.

With “happy hour” everyday from 3-5 p.m., guests can get 50 percent off each milkshake. And now, they are serving their limited edition apple pie shake, so I’m definitely going back for more.
Beacon Bits is a weekly column about food for the college student on the weekends. Gabby Arzola was not given free food, she paid for it.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Gabby Arzola

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