I had so much fun doing a “Fresh Tour” at the PDQ in Pompano with the location’s Operating Director, Patrick Jorcin. I didn’t know what to expect walking in the there but knew from looking at the menu that amazing chicken was their forte. According to their site, PDQ which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a fast casual restaurant specializing in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes, and fresh salads. But I was introduced to way more than I anticipated. And they have the best chicken tenders!
There was so much to take in during this tour, besides having the best chicken tenders, but ten things stuck in my head. They became the ten things I love about PDQ.
1) The smiling faces that greeted me when I walked through the door.
If I walk into a place, whether it’s a retail store or restaurant, the first impression is the only thing that counts for me. If I get a negative response, I might stay, out of desperation (I can get pretty desperate when I’m hungry) but I’ll never go back again; and I will tell all my friends.
As I walked through the restaurant to get to the kitchen, it looked like people working there were genuinely happy. You don’t see that very often in a restaurant kitchen in South Florida. To me, it says that PDQ is a good company to work for. Their employees are happy and it shows.
I would let my children eat off the floor, it was so clean. Everything was organized in boxes, bags, and cups with lids. There were labels on everything and the chicken was in a separate place in the refrigerator as to not have any contact with anything else. It was like walking into the container store, only with containers full of fresh food. I know food regulations require it to be done this way, but you rarely see anyone truly following the health department’s rules. PDQ really does.
The chicken is amazing. Juicy tenderloin tenders and nuggets made from the breast. When you taste it, you will see the difference. AND it’s never frozen and sits only for 15 minutes as opposed to a competitor who allows their chicken to sit for 45 minutes before discarding.
I’m not sure that this is a good idea for someone with a little ADD mixed with OCD. I just can’t make a decision! I love Cherry Coke but how about mixing it with Cherry Vanilla? What about Raspberry Sprite mixed with Hi-C? If you find something you don’t want to forget just download the App so next time you can just scan it (your very own personalized code)!
Would you believe that it takes almost nine hours to make the fries? You would if you tasted them! They are ah-maze-ing! Wow. I got a chance to see exactly how the process works. First the fresh potatoes are cleaned about four times before they are cut. Then they are cooked for about a half hour. After that they are put in the refrigerator to cool for four hours. Repeat!!!!!! Then cook again. Not only are they fresh and crispy, they are also sitting for only two minutes before they are removed for new, fresh, fries. You really can’t get any fresher than that! The portions are big enough for two and you won’t want to leave a fry behind after seeing what they go through! Haha!
There must be someone British that is in the works of PDQ. Because they use the best soap: Yardley!!!!! Good call, fer sure.
Now there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for not cleaning up before and after eating. You have everything right under your nose; a beautiful cleaning station. Or bathing sink for newborns….I kid I kid. Ha Ha. Or a splash station for your toddlers…you better make sure you walk your child up to the sink and walk them away before they get splashing! What an amazing concept.
“And on the 8th day, God said, Let there be PDQ shakes.” Oh boy. I would drive to the ends of the earth for these shakes. I have nothing else to say because I am speechless, except that on St. Patricks Day, stop by for $1 Mint Oreo shakes all day. ALL DAY! Oh, and those wide straws…genius.
8. The buns.
I am not a “bun” type of gal. But Boy are these Brioche Buttered Buns Brilliant! I wasn’t going to eat the bun, just try out the club sandwich insides, if you know what I mean. But I was at PDQ to review and keep an open mind (and an open mouth). Those will be the only buns I ever eat. Worth every carb calorie.
9. No freezers. No microwaves.
The sauces are made fresh daily. My favorite was the Ranch but the Buffalo Blue Cheese was a winner too. All of the sauces are good, and you can purchase them separately if you need to impress anyone at a dinner party or barbecue.
Go check out a PDQ near you!