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Good alternative to P.F. Chang's: Stir Crazy


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Good alternative to P.F. Chang's: Stir Crazy

boagman | Dec 24, 2006 03:23 AM

As much as I don't like chains for the most part, I have to give a decent grade to Stir Crazy, though it isn't available throughout the country. Basically, it's east of the Mississippi (10 stores in 6 states, 4 in Illnois), but I've found it to be consistently good. You can do it one of two ways: order off the menu, or make your own in the style of Mongolian BBQ, though I don't think I've ever bothered to do that. The menu selection is pretty darned good, from the Thai Curry Chicken (or the very similar Thai Curry Bowl), to the Sweet & Spicy Chicken, to the Wasabi Salmon, to the other things I've had or sampled from people I've dined with. As well, worth mentioning, is the handmade ginger ale, which is also good.

Anyway, it's cheaper than P.F. Chang's, I've never had to wait for a table at the Michigan location, and while service can sometimes lag, the food is quite good.

For those that like it, they offer a variety of starches with their entrees, from the traditional white rice, to brown rice, to several different types of noodles, all of which work well.

Good place in its own right, and for a chain, that's saying something, especially coming from me.

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