P.F. Chang’s – Vegan China Bistro

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Offering Asian/American cuisine in a casual setting, now attracting the meatless crowd by offering delicious, plant-based vegan options in addition to their standard menu items.

Meatheads needn’t worry, P.F. Chang’s still serves their regular carnivorous menu items.

What we are posting about today (besides shamelessly phishing for ‘likes’, on our post – piggy – (dare we say) backing on the well-known and often Googled keywords; ‘P.F. Chang’s‘ or simply ‘P.F. Chang’s near me’).

Here at the Vegan Swamp we normally shun vegan recipe posts (“Shane, there’s too many”), however, this one, a Vegan version, is exempt because it duplicates so well my favorite P.F. Chang’s lettuce wrap appetizer. They do it by providing an even more flavorful (to me) VEGAN version of the original P.F. Chang’s lettuce wrap appetizer – from our friends at Well Plated!

After all, ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’

Not to be confused with copying, search engines don’t like it!

When P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Asian/American restaurant opened in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona at the new Kierland development, it was a very Big Deal for our Kierland neighborhood and for fans of casual Asian/American dining. We were hoping for better than canned chop suey on a china plate – and we got it!

Everything in Scottsdale is casual! A place where the waiters are dressed way better than the customers!

Fox News Alert! P.F. Chang’s is coming to the Desert

Great news! – at first,

Unfortunately, for the first couple of months there were long waits – and during tourist season, January thru March, forget about getting anywhere near P.F. Chang’s!

With the new Kierland Resort and Westin Kierland Hotel nearby, visitors to Kierland/Scottsdale could walk to fine dining establishments such as Mortons Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s. This was before Kierland Commons was completed with the trendy residential lofts and mixed retail moving in. The Apple Store was one of the first to open at Kierland Commons.

A Favorite joke among residents of Scottsdale, Arizona: If it’s tourist season why can’t we shoot them? Anyone living in a tourist destination knows what we are talking about.

We called them affectionately, SNOWBIRDS!

Snowbird sighting!

A group of usually very pale, dressed loudly in funny looking costumes, mostly older folks who are both loved and not-so-loved by locals. Loved because of the economic benefits that tourists bring to the community. You can make your yearly nut in just three months of non-stop tourism.

Not-so-loved because:

Wait times at all the good restaurants seem endless and not worth a two hour wait. IMO, NO restaurant is worthy of waiting two plus hours to be seated. If the good Lord himself came down and opened a (vegan) restaurant, I would not wait that long!

Traffic is a mess. (thousands of Mr. Magoo’s behind the wheel!) all those tourists driving rental cars so SLOWLY while other drivers behind them will make any maneuver necessary to get around them. Imagine a pile up of angry drivers left in their wake as they cruise down the road unaware of the mayhem they caused ala Mr. Magoo.

Hotels, golf courses, all are at their highest ‘peak’ season rates until the groundhog comes out and collapses from the heat!

When it’s 120 degrees or more planes can’t fly, birds won’t fly much either, and you can fry an egg on the hood of your car while listening for *’vinyl’ alerts on the radio.

But now you can get a table at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro!

P.F. Chang’sOne of only a few restaurants with ‘China’ in their name that still did ok during Covid!

When the Snowbirds have flown the Coup

After the snowbirds have finally departed, residents are treated to lowered rates at the hotels and golf courses, no wait times at P.F. Chang’s or at other fine Scottsdale restaurants.

Traffic is once again manageable. Mr. Magoo has left the building.

That’s the good news! The bad news is that after the tourists are gone, usually by the end of April, residents are faced with the coming ‘warm’ front, another season of ‘hell on earth’ temperatures for the next five-plus months!

Even ‘paradise’ has it’s off-season.

*A vinyl alert is issued on very hot summer days when your car has been sitting, parked outside in the sun with the windows rolled up. Bare skin touching the ‘vinyl’ of a seat after getting in your car can result in your bare skin sticking to the seat!

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