Fast food by the sort of still new Target

Last night we had several errands to run in the City Line/Main Line area, including a Target stop so my husband could pick up the special two-disc edition of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean.

Since I’m always starving after work, I suggested we try the new Chipotle right there. We were both excited for a little pseudo-Mexican food, and I had heard good things about Chipotle. Well, we never did get to taste that food. The restaurant is very poorly designed, with nowhere near as much seating as necessary to accommodate dinner hour customers. I can’t imagine what a mess it is at lunch. We could have ordered and eaten in the car, but why bother?

We ended up just a few doors down at the Pei Wei asian diner. It was also crowded, but had more seating and an effective number system. They turn tables very quickly, and the meal definitely feels rushed. The food is pretty decent, though and the service extremely friendly and polite.

I was also shocked to find, lo and behold, alcohol! They serve beer and wine right there, no bracelets, no 21+ room, everyone mixed in. Parents could have wine with their meal with a child on their lap. PFCCB (corporate overlords of said chain) must have done quite the job on the LCB.

5 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Chipotle is very good – you should try it. They have Margarita and
    Beer. Most of the time we get ours to go. (A bit messy in the car)

  2. Tim (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    “They serve beer and wine right there, no bracelets, no 21+ room, everyone mixed in. Parents could have wine with their meal with a child on their lap.”

    – Wow, it’s like almost everywhere in the rest of the civilized world….except the US, of course.

  3. jen (unregistered) on December 10th, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    yes, time, i was going to say something like that but it’s not just the rest of the world – it’s most of the rest of the states! the liquor laws/LCB are one of my biggest pet peeves about living in pennsylvania. i know it’s not a nice word to use, but they’re retarded.

  4. JP (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    That whole area is a mess. I shopped at Target over the weekend and had a hankering for Potbelly. I hadn’t been to that location before and boy was I shocked at the poor layout of the strip. You have to walk the whole way around the building to get to it (or maybe I’m just stupid and couldn’t figure out a way between the stores). There was barely seating at Potbelly either. Think, designers, think.

  5. Chuck (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    Odd, I have never been to a restaurant that had a +21 room. As far as I know liquor is served with your meal and your children are sitting with you. If you wanted a full dinner meal you could have gone to Fridays which is just 30 feet away. There is a stairway that leads to the lower level garage so you don’t have to walk down the hill from Target.

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