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Panda Express introduces Honey Walnut Shrimp


Mandarin chicken (top left).  Photo: Jade Clark 

There is not a Panda Express location in Grand Prairie... but it's close.  Less than half of a mile west from Highway 360, on SE Green Oaks Blvd., is the nearest place that Grand Prarians can enjoy the tasty entrees of Panda Express.

The latest addition to the restaurant's menu is the Honey Walnut Shrimp.  Some folks are wary of shellfish from a fast food establishment, and not without cause.  Shrimp are delicate and need to be prepared and handled properly.  However, the present-day fast food industry apparently has a grasp on that concept.  After all, McDonald's has had the Shrimp Burger in Japan for 5 years.  Panda Express seems to have the same procedures that a Chinese buffet would have.  So, if you eat buffet shrimp, you won't worry about the Honey Walnut Shrimp (which, by the way, is sweet and succulent!).

Orange and sweet & sour chicken. Photo: J. Clark

Ordering your meal at Panda Express is done in the cafeteria tradition.  Locate the trays (on the left at this location), then check out the menu.  If you're not sure that you will like the taste of a dish, ask for a sample.

When it comes to chicken, they have most take-out joints beaten, hands down.  The quality of the meat is like that of the nuggets at Chick-Fil-A.  There is no grisly, fatty filler, or inedible bits.  The veggies and pineapple that come with the sweet and sour chicken are juicy and taste fresh.  A disappointing exception, however, is the Mandarin chicken, which is a more fatty, dark meat.

Panda's rice is not top notch, but it is probably as good as your local take-out.  The side cups of sauces are hot and potent, so beware.  Don't look for the soy sauce packets near the plastic forks, because it's not there.  Ask for those packets before you pay.

An average meal for two, including fountain drinks and egg rolls, will cost about fifteen dollars for lunch portions, and twenty dollars for a dinner-sized feast.
Looking for a casual dining experience at a Chinese restaurant in Grand Prairie?  Click here for a review of Jade Dragon.

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