I’ve got two places I sometimes crave for from the mall food court:
Great Steak and Potato &
Now Panda Express has recently expanded in a major way in the Chicago area and it’s not as hard to find as it used to be. About 5 years ago, however, the only one I had ever encountered was at Golf Mill Mall in Niles, IL. I still like Panda Express but ‘it ain’t what it used to be!’ was never truer. The formerly spicy dishes seem to have been weakened and portions seem smaller. Also, when I worked at the mall for a while, a grrreeeat lunch was a regular fried rice ($1.99, IIR) and three sides of jalapenoes from the Taco Bell. MMMM…I could go for some of that right now. THey have steadily raised the price of a regular carton of fried rice at PE and I think it’s now about $3.50. I still eat there, tho.
And Great Steak and Potato is sooo good. The fries are superb but the sandwiches are teh Yum. The veggie sandwich saves a buck and is just as good as the meat one, IMO. Man, I might have to hit the mall tomorrow.