Thank you P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion and for the tasty date night!
Mathew and I have had incredibly busy schedules the past 2 weeks. We went on a babymoon to Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, stayed at the Hotel Derek in Houston a couple days later so we could go to Texas Children’s for our fetal MRI on Addison, and just a couple days after that found ourselves in Dallas for the night at P.F. Changs.
We vowed after Houston that we wouldn’t be traveling any more until Addison arrived, but somehow I was able to convince Mathew to take me on one last big date night at P.F. Chang’s to try out their new Small Plates and their Wine Flights menu items that are exclusive to Dallas locations. Mathew had never been to P.F. Changs, and I’d only been once before, so although he was hesitant to drive to Dallas on a weeknight, he took me.
We arrived at the Arlington Highlands location and didn’t have to wait at all to get seated. I am SO thankful for that because we’d gotten there a little after 8 and were SO hungry. Mathew will even tell you that he got pretty hangry on me. Um, aren’t I supposed to be the crazy, hormonal one? We were greeted by our awesome server, Ashlyn, and the manager, Elroy. Can I brag about them? They were AWESOME and made sure we loved everything. Ashlyn was incredibly knowledgeable and told us all about the Wine Flights menu. Since I’m the pregnant one, Mathew decided to try the Small Bites and Wine Flights, and I had my eye on a couple of the new small plates on the menu.
We didn’t have to wait long at ALL (maybe 5 minutes) and all of our food started coming out to the table. I’m not going to lie- our whole table was COVERED in food- it was a pregnant lady’s dream. The Small Bites and Wine Flights included Edamame Hummus served with crisp plantain chips, crunchy and creamy Crab Wontons, and a spicy Tempura Shrimp Hand Roll. Each of the 3 “bites” came with a glass of wine that Mathew said were paired PERFECTLY. He’s kind of a wine snob because he used to taste and sell wines when he worked at H-E-B, and said, “Whoever created this KNEW what they were doing.” Um, duh! His Small Bites and Wine Flights also came with a paper that talked about the food and wine pairings, and Ashlyn informed us that there were QR codes on the paper so we could learn even MORE about the wine pairings. I’m a technology nerd, so that made me excited!
I also ordered Handmade Pork Dumplings (not pictured) and these delicious Jicama Pork Tacos (above) to add to our tasting. We just chatted, shared the 5 plates tapas style, and agreed that this was some of the best food we’d had at a chain restaurant! My particular favorite was the Edamame Hummus with the plantains. I enjoy hummus from time to time, and I like the occasional edamame with my dinner, but oh my GOSH it was DELICIOUS. P.F. Chang’s twist on hummus is a signature blend of fresh edamame, sesame seeds, ginger and a hint of chili. I kept telling Mathew it was “terrible” so he would let me eat it, but he wasn’t buying it. Did you see my excitement about it on Instagram?
We literally cleaned off EVERY plate on our table, and ordered a Vietnamese Cinnamon latte from their new Lattes On The Go menu, and were practically converted from Starbucks fans to P.F. Chang’s latte fans. HOLY COW! I’m not lying- it was SO good, and went amazingly with the Banana Spring Rolls we ordered for dessert. Everything was delicious and we were thrilled that it all came out pretty fast. It’s not often that we travel somewhere JUST for dinner, but this was well worth it. It was so worth it, in fact, that when we left, Mathew said “Ok I have something to say to you….you were RIGHT.” P.F. Chang’s for the win!
Not only can you try the Wine Flights on Wednesdays at P.F. Changs, but to further showcase its new dishes and décor, P.F. Chang’s is enticing guests to stop in and experience the flavors of its menu with an extended happy hour and free sushi sampling. To make things even BETTER, P.F. Chang’s is hosting a contest called “Spark Something New.”
The contest will run from July 29th through September 15th. A winner will be chosen at the end of the campaign. Each participant will have the opportunity to win a 4-course pairing dinner including new small plates and sushi for 8. Participants must be 21 or over to enter. To enter, visit the P.F. Chang’s contest page and submit an original fortune sharing your love for happy hour.
• “A wise man once said: Asian food craves craft brews.”
• “The object of your desire lives on the P.F. Chang’s happy hour menu.”
• “You will have a pleasant surprise when pairing beer and Asian food in one delicious bite.”
• “Now is the time to try something new, like Sam Adams Seasonal and Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s.”