PF Changs Gluten Free Menu-Restaurant Review and Feature AND Giveaway!!!

PF Chang’s, the pioneers in creating a great gluten free menu for a restaurant. Pf Chang’s was one of the first big restaurants to offer an amazing gluten free menu beginning all the way back in the early 2000’s. They have always had an amazing selection of gluten free items as well as understanding managers who are trying to educate their staff to best serve their gluten free guests. We were so lucky to enjoy the company of a great (and hilarious!) man who knows about just about more about PF Chang’s gluten free menu than anyone, Chef Gregg Piazzi, Culinary Operations Manager for PF Chang’s. I first met Gregg in 2010 when he sat on our chefs panel for our annual February Celiac Disease Foundation support group meeting of “Dining Out Gluten Free”. He was so cheerful and kind that we knew we just had to have him back in 2011. That event was just not enough though so we also asked him to be a guest judge at our annual gluten free bake-off event in May. He and Chef David Hall, another friend of ours who was also a guest judge, just made us laugh all evening. They are now on the schedule to be our annual May entertainment and judges. Chef Piazzi is such great company. Our evening at PF Chang’s proved that once an for all. Though we had to bring our two little guys along, he was patience and still made us laugh all night. He is always so personable and fun to be around. PF Chang’s is lucky to have a great representative like him on their staff. Some of the things we learned while dining with Chef Gregg was that over 100,000 gluten free plates were served by PF Chang’s last month alone. Can you believe that? Amazing! There are multiple International locations including those in Kuwait and Dubia. Many more are planning to open soon. PF Chang’s recently received the brand new Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce that has even more delicious flavor, I think. This should make the preparation of gluten free dishes even more similar to the regular menu items in flavor. Gregg was so kind to send us home with a bottle!!! We are set on soy sauce now for a long time I think. :) One final note before we get to the food is that PF Chang’s really tries hard to educate their staff on gluten and trying to do everything to avoid cross-contamination. One of the pre-cautions they use are to serve everything that is gluten free on a logo plate. I really love this extra step they are talking for their customers.

For the gluten free feature we reviewed many wonderful menu items. First we started off with the Egg Drop Soup. It was warm and comforting with excellent subtle flavors. I love this soup and could eat multiple bowls of it.

The signature Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps were the next thing up on the review. Cool, crisp lettuce created a great vessel for the delicious Wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts with crispy rice sticks. The ingredients married so well together. The flavor was wonderful. I love that the rice sticks also add another dimension of crispy to the dish. These yummy bites are served with a gluten free soy sauce, hot mustard and chili paste sauce that you can make as mild or as hot as you prefer. I enjoy mine very spicy so as to add just a little kick to the lettuce wraps.

Shanghai Cucumbers were something I had never tried before but Gregg suggested so of course, we didn’t pass up. They were a great little treat to snack on throughout the meal but especially between courses. With only four ingredients, these are very light and tasty. The mixture of gluten free soy sauce, cucumbers, sesame seed and sesame oil create an excellent balance.

We had multiple delicious entrees including this, the Ginger Chicken with Broccoli. It tasted very fresh and full of great ginger flavor while also not being too heavy. This dish is actually quite a healthy choice, especially if you eat all the veggies on the plate.

Mongolian Beef was another dish we had. It was actually my favorite (and always has been) on the gluten free menu. I love how the scallions are almost caramelized in the meat and sauce. They are a nice addition to great cuts of tender flank steak. This is such a tasty dish!

Chang’s Spicy Chicken is my second favorite dish. There was just enough spice to give it great taste without burning your tongue. I loved the perfect combination of spices and meat. Each piece of chicken was a nice, white piece of meat.

Fried Rice was our final entree and was served hot and oh-so-yummy! I love the combination of chicken, egg, gluten free soy sauce, carrots, bean sprouts and sliced scallions. The flavors are so spot on that you almost don’t need any sauce on top at all. Excellent taste!

For dessert, we enjoyed the chocolate mini dessert cups. With the flourless chocolate cake on the bottom, then chocolate mousse and chocolate topping plus mini chocolate chips this dessert is any chocolate lovers fantasy! We also got to try the full-size flourless chocolate dome cake which was rich and delicious. The fresh berries were a great touch to the plate that went well with the deep chocolate.

Our evening was absolutely amazing! We just loved having Chef Gregg Piazzi with us for dinner as well. He kept us entertained all night! The manager, Peter and his great team also made this night so great. The service was excellent and the staff could not have been more cheerful. We greatly appreciated their kindness.

So how many of you would LOVE a gluten free night out at PF Chang’s? Let us help you get started with a gift card! ONE (1) lucky winner will win $20.00 in gift cards!!! To enter, just leave a comment here telling us what your favorite gluten free menu item at PF Chang’s is.
For extra entries
(#1) Post about this giveaway on your Facebook and/or Twitter page.
(#2) Visit PF Chang’s Facebook page and thank them for their gluten free menu and link them to our review.

*Giveaway ends Monday, October 31st at 11:50 PM, MST. Good luck and BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR ENTRY OR YOU WILL NOT BE CHOSEN. THANKS! :)

*This is our opinion and our opinion alone. We do not take any responsibility for the gluten free dining experience of others. As always, eat at your own risk as this is not a dedicated gluten free facility.

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740 S Mill Ave. #140
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 731-4600

Comments

  1. The Spicy Chicken is our favorite, but the fried rice is a very close second!

  2. Ginger Chicken with Broccoli is definitely my favorite! I've never tried their dessert, but those look incredible!

  3. I love the lettuce wraps.
    allisonallen82@gmail.com

  4. I have only eaten there once before and that was years ago! So, I would love to try their Gluten Free menu!!!

    Wendic22@yahoo.com
    Btw,
    I love your restaurant reviews!!! It really helps me in knowing places I never would have thought are Gluten Free Friendly!

  5. I love their organice agave margaritas!! Oh, and for food, the Spicy Chicken!!

  6. I also tweeted about this giveaway.

  7. I know the first person who comments never gets picked But I do love PF Changs GF menu (especially the lettuce wraps), and knowledgable staff. I never have to worry about cross contamination there which is sooo nice. My email is dealsilove at gmail (dot) com .

  8. Just posted on of changes on FB thanking them and this link http://www.glutenfreefrenzy.com/2011/10/pf-changs-gluten-free-menu-restaurant.html

    Dealsilove (at) gmail dot com

  9. I love their fried rice! So yummy! thriftyrocks AT yahoo dot com

  10. We LOVE P.F. Changs! I love, love, love their lettuce wraps… And the lemon chicken… Now I have to try the Mongolian Beef! :)

  11. I really like their Mongolian Beef, Lettuce Wraps, and flour-less chocolate cake. YUM!

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  12. I tweeted about the giveaway @inloveindc.

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  13. I love those cucumbers!

  14. Love, love, love Chang's Spicy Chicken!
    stacywlane@gmail.com

  15. Love PF Changs! Love all the GF food, but Mongolian Beef is the best! alkirkwood@sbcglobal.net

  16. PF Chang’s is amazing! I love all their gluten-free dishes, but my favorite is the GF Singapore Street Noodles. It has the most delicious blend of flavors with fresh grape tomatoes, scallions, lime, sautéed onions, rice noodles, meats, and spices. Yum! I order mine without shrimp and the staff gives me extra chicken instead. The flourless chocolate dome is the best dessert ever! With all that delicious taste, who needs gluten?

  17. I love the lettuce wraps and their fried rice. They used to have a beef dish that had snow peas in it that I really liked. The Mongolian Beef looks really good too.

    Kbills@adoniram.net

  18. My favorite is the Mongolian Beef! (Your recipe is a lifesaver when a craving hits). My husband loves the Spicy Chicken and adds shrimp to it.
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  19. I love the lettuce wraps and the flourless chocolate dome!!!!

    caralg520@gmail.com

  20. I posted on my FB page about your review with a link and on PF Changs FB page thanking them for their menu.

    kbills@adoniram.net

  21. I LOVE PF Changs!! Lemon Chicken is my favorite. I hope they will still make it even though it is off the menu :(

    sydneygirl.2000@gmail.com

  22. The lettuce wraps were delicious!

  23. I’m glad that most of you have a good experience at Changs. You need to know however, that around the country there are a lot of Celiacs who get sick from eating from what is supposed to be their gluten-free menu. I don’t know if the staff is not as careful as they used to be or what is going on, but when people are looking at a website such as this, they should get the whole story. Be warned.

    • Chandice says:

      Jill,

      Thank you so much for your comments. I worked directly with the former Culinary Operations Manager for all the PF Changs and he reviewed with me their training and that if it doesn’t come out on a PF Changs labeled plate, do not eat it as it may not be gluten free. They have quite a procedure for avoiding cross contamination but I do understand like you have said that the workers are human and mistakes may happen.

      Chandice

  24. irene cahill says:

    on dec.7th , we had reservations for 4 at 6:30 with a BOOTH. we arrived at 6:25 and guess what no BOOTH
    we sat at the bar a good half hour. what put a damper on my birthday was a comment made by your mgr. when we first arrived with regard to the booth. “our food will taste just as good no matter where you sit” that
    like saying take your plate and sit by the dumpsters. I don’t think so. everything was great food and service.
    everything but the mgr.

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