I live in Norfolk, Virginia, an area of Southeastern Virginia which is also commonly referred to as "Hampton Roads." A number of other Hampton Roads cities surround Norfolk, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth, Hampton, and Newport News.
At the present time, the biggest news on the culinary front seems to be the upcoming opening of a P.F.Chang's in Virginia Beach. I know this is a chain restaurant operation, with over 70 restaurants nationwide. However, I have never been to a P.F. Chang's.
When I was in Las Vegas last summer, P.F. Chang's was on my list of restaurants that I might want to try, based upon a few positive recommendations. However, there were other restaurants that were higher up on my list, so P.F. Chang's was passed over.
Overall, the quality of the Chinese restaurants in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia is pretty poor. There are about two or three that I consider "decent", but none of them can compare to some of the Chinese restaurants I tried in Vegas last summer.
I have just found a web site for P.F. Chang's and examined a sample online menu. The prices were not as high as I thought they would be. The Mongolian Beef, for example, is $10.95, which seems reasonable. I often order Mongolian Beef the first time I try a new Chinese restaurant.
So, tell me. If you have ever been to a P.F. Chang's, how do you rate the quality of the food? Is it, at the very least, above average? Was there any dish you tried there that you particularly liked? If so, then it sounds like a place that will enhance the culinary level of Chinese dining in the Hampton Roads area.
I understand that P.F. Chang's is not entirely authentic, with American influences and a little bit of "fusion" thrown in, but I can overlook that if the quality is there.
Any and all comments will be welcome. I will probably be taking some friends there when it first opens, so I would like to be a little "heads up" on what to expect before I go. Thanks.