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PDQ's Cedar Park Restaurant Serves Up Fresh Food Fast in a Family Friendly Atmosphere
My daughter, Zeyda (11), and I recently had the opportunity to check out a restaurant offering a type of "fast food" new to the Austin area. PDQ serves up fresh food fast in the form of tenders, sandwiches and salads. The distinctive word being fresh.
"Did You Say 'Fresh and Fast'?"
When the company says fresh, they aren't kidding. We had the special opportunity to view not only the main kitchen (which by the way is openly viewable from the dining room by anyone), but also the walk-in fridge and potato prep area. My daughter, in fact, sliced a few of the potatoes destined to be french fries herself. The walk-in fridge--yes 'fridge' not 'freezer'--housed the vegetables for salads and sandwiches, meats, cooked potatoes and seven made-in-house sauces (I suggest you try them all). Back at the main kitchen, we looked on as orders were created as they were placed. Behind the assemblers were the cooks who worked tirelessly breading, frying and/or grilling the chicken and turkey used for every dish.
Let's Talk About the Taste
Now that we've established that ingredients are really fresh, let's talk about the menu. PDQ keeps it relatively simple, featuring tenders, chicken or turkey breast sandwiches and hand-tossed salads with chicken. Even with only that, we still had a tough time deciding what to order. In addition, you can add sides including fries, blueberry coleslaw and one of my favorites, fresh apple slices with toffee dip. You can also add sweet treats like traditional or specialty shakes and baked cookies. Of course, they've also got kids meals for kids 10 and under that feature grilled or crispy chicken tenders, fresh-cut fries and a drink.
Zeyda and I wanted to get a good idea of what the restaurant had to offer, so we went a little crazy and ordered the grilled tenders, the crispy turkey breast sandwich (which features the sweet heat sauce) and the grilled chicken salad. We also had an order of fries, the sliced apples, two hand-spun shakes, and the fresh-squeezed lemonade. The portions were generous and the flavors bold.
The crispy turkey lived up to it's name with a nice crunch as we bit into the juicy filet which was accented beautifully with the sweet heat sauce and really delicious pickles -- these weren't your burger joint variety. We dipped the tenders and fries into the various sauces, which are all made in-house and kept fresh in a large refrigerated box behind the counter. I think our favorite was the sweet heat, but they were all tasty -- sweet heat, creamy garlic, chipotle bbq, list, list list. The salad was beautiful and bursting with color and flavor. It had a bit of a gourmet touch with the addition of craisins and roasted almonds (which are roasted in house). PDQ serves their shakes with very wide brightly-colored straws. After one sip, you realize why. They are thick and delicious and if you've ordered the specialty version, are necessary to keep the chunks of chocolate or cookie or other ingredients from getting stuck. My daughter had one word for it, "Yum!"
PDQs staff delivered a warm, helpful, family-friendly atmosphere, making us feel right at home. And yes, even though the place was packed, we had our food in less than 2 minutes after ordering.
It is kid- and family-friendly? Extremely. Your kids will love it, especially when they don't have to wait forever for their food.
What was our favorite thing? It's a toss up between the apples with toffee sauce and the crispy turkey sandwich.
Since there were quite a few, I've placed them in my sidebar under "What Makes PDQ Different."
Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. The partners spent more than two years developing the concept behind the brand and quality of the food and establishments. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its door and the concept now has 31 locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
PDQ prides itself on delicious sandwiches and salads made with the finest ingredients and their signature sauces and dressings are homemade every day. Restaurant Business Magazine recently named PDQ as the #1 fastest growing small chain in America, Nation’s RestaurantNews chose PDQ as a 2014 Hot Concepts recipient and QSR Magazine named PDQ its July 2014 One toWatch. All menu items are under $10 and combo meals start as low as $7.69. PDQ will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with dine-in seating and a drive-thru. Catering is also available for events and carryout. PDQ Cedar Park will be located at 2920 S. Lakeline Blvd. Cedar Park, TX 78613. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.
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2920 South Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613, 512-222-1503
PDQ serves lunch and dinner. Hours are M-Su, 10:30 AM - 10 PM.
WHAT MAKES PDQ DIFFERENT:
1) PDQ offers fresh food fast -- menu items are served within two minutes and made in-house with the freshest ingredients.
2) PDQ makes their 11 signature sauces and salad dressings dailty to guarantee quality and taste. Since they don't have preservatives, the sauces are kept in a refrigerated box behind the counter.
3) PDQ provides a hands-free wash area which is amazingly convenient for busy parents and kids.
4) When ordering by drive-thru, PDQ customers speak directly to a person as opposed to an electronic box.
5) With the open dining/kitchen area design, customers can see PDQ's food being prepared before their eyes.
6) Turkey is included on the PDQ menu.
FOR MORE INFO:
PDQ offers convenient fundraising options for schools and organizations. Contact the store for details.