PDQ Chicken has made quite a name for itself in the ‘fast-casual’ restaurant scene and the PDQ location in South Tampa does a brisk business with a packed house during peak lunch hours. I decided to skip the drive-thru and head inside to eat. The inside of the restaurant is sleek and modern with bright green, blue and wood accents. They have some counter seating as well as some booths and tables. The outside patio looked really nice as well, with more additional seating.
The menu at PDQ Chicken centers around, you guessed it, chicken. Fried chicken tenders are the star here, with other grilled chicken options as well as salads. Hand spun shakes and fries add to the comfort food options, which should make any adult and kid quite happy.
Ordering is quick and friendly. The person taking my order was very thorough and repeated the order for accuracy. They take your name for the order and when it’s ready, they announce it over the overhead speaker to pick it up at the counter. Food prep was speedy and by the time I had gotten my soda, my name was called.
Three piece chicken tender meal ($7.29) – I liked that the Freestyle Coke option is included in the meal price. The endless flavor combinations really make picking a soda fun. The chicken tenders were so hot, I had to start with the fries.
Fresh-cut in appearance and more shoestring than most, I found them fresh and really tasty. They went great with the side of honey mustard I requested.
The chicken tenders are probably some of the freshest I’ve had at a restaurant. Lightly coated, they were full of flavor and so juicy, I didn’t even need the honey mustard.
PDQ Chicken is a great spot to get fresh food fast at a reasonable price. While PDQ means People Dedicated to Quality (according to their website), we also thinks it means Pretty Darn Quick. I was in and out and totally satisfied in maybe 20 minutes. PDQ Chicken has expanded to 38 restaurants around the U.S. and has plans to add more locations soon. Our PDQ Chicken is located at 2207 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33629