365 Restaurants, 2 Kids, 1 Giant Fiasco
It’s a slippery slope, my friends. The suggestion by Ogre’s best friend, Dusty, was to go to Pei Wei…his treat, he received a $50 gift card for Christmas. Ogre’s argument, Mina and I went to PF Chang’s. Now, I am not going to deny my sweet little girl a restaurant because it’s chain-y. I tried to deny this one, but by the time, I raised an eyebrow, Mina had heard the “good news” and was up in Ogre’s face excited about going to Pei Wei. Ogre tried to backpedal, but it was too late. What could I do, but load ‘em up and head to Pei Wei with the rest of the crew.
It’s counter service, folks, so we went up and ordered our dinner. Don’t get me wrong, we come here often and I like the food. In fact, I like it more than I like PF Chang’s for many reasons. So, we can march right up, put in our order and settle into our booth in no time. Ogre, though, because of his DIET, ordered something different…a salad. Boring.
The counter guy think ahead enough to put the little chopstick trainers in the kids Styrofoam cups. I got our drinks while Ogre got the kids into the booth. Now we just had to wait for them to bring out the food. They bring it out as it’s ready. I talked Ogre into sharing the Hot and Sour soup. Benji loves soft tofu and was expertly picking them out with his chopsticks. I was beaming with pride.
Next out, I think it was Ogre’s salad and Mina’s Honey Chicken and Noodles. I divi’d that up between her and Benjamin and cut up some chicken for Benji as well. Mina also expertly handles her chopsticks.
Last, but not least, are my and Dusty’s Mongolian meals -he ordered chicken, I ordered beef. Mina immediately requested that she have some of my “meat.” Sure thing. When the guy brought out the last dishes, he offered to refill Ogre and Dusty’s drinks, which was a nice touch since this place is counter service.
We all ate our dinners. The kids love Chinese, so there was no need for prodding today. Benji got a little angry at the chopsticks. His own fault. He’d pull the chopstick out of the trainer and get frustrated that he couldn’t put it back. He refused help and instead chunked it across the table. Over and over again. Awesome. I let Ogre deal with that since I was sitting further away!
As of late, Benji has become quite the Papa’s boy. Always wants to be held by Papa, wants “Papa see” (Papa to see whatever he’s done). So, even when it’s Papa scolding him for throwing his chopsticks, this is the end result:
Dusty finished his dinner and started in on the cookie he picked up at the last minute. Those by the register sales tactics really getcha! He promised Mina a piece. Mina informed us that she had chocolate in her pocket. We told her to take the chocolate out of her pocket (to avoid the melting factor). She just giggled and pulled out FOUR ladybug chocolates.
Mina ate really well today! When she finished her dinner, she decided she didn’t want any of the chocolate cookie and even gave a piece of chocolate to Dusty and one to Benjamin, who had a piece of the cookie in his other hand. Without blinking an eye, he shoved that whole piece of chocolate in his mouth. And without stopping for a breath, in went the cookie. Sigh.
We read our fortunes and headed on back home…
I love the Hot and Sour soup here. It’s not too spicy, so if that’s a requisite for you, you may not like it. It does have a good hearty flavor and definitely has a sourness to it. I think it’s one of the better hot and sour soups out there.
I ordered the Mongolian Beef. I think this dish is great, also. The beef is usually tender and covered in a sweet and soy sticky sauce. Here, unlike at PF Chang’s, it comes with button mushrooms. Unfortunately, tonight they skimped on the mushrooms, but otherwise, it’s as good as it ever is and 5 bucks cheaper than PF Chang’s.
Ogre ordered the Spicy Chicken Salad. He said it tasted good. He says it’s semi-spicy with a warm sauce. He was impressed that even with the warm sauce, the salad stayed crisp. He also mentioned that the Styrofoam noodles are not a nice touch and he hopes to order without out those next time. I’ve never understood those noodles. Does anyone REALLY like those??!
I’ll call it counter service plus! Overall, good service when we interacted with the servers! And they cleared our tables when they saw we were finishing up!
Well, it’s a casual restaurant with kids menu items, so yeah, I’d say it’s kid friendly. There aren’t any kids activities, but the wait is not long at all for the arrival of food and I wouldn’t anticipate crayons and such for this style of restaurant.
The total: Well, actually it was free with Dusty’s gift certificate, but his gift certifcate was minus $40.48 (3 adults)
And the fortunes??
Childsplate.com chronicles our journey to find the perfect family restaurant. We are looking for restaurants with excellent food and a great attitude towards kids, even the whiny, cranky ones! We will be headed out to a different restaurant every single day to provide ourselves (and you) with some entertainment and good information about DFW area restaurants. We hope you will visit frequently and use our experiences to create some fun dining experiences of your own! Watch out, DFW, the Phipps family is going out to eat!