PDQ speedily freshens up Carrollwood

The "fast casual" chain is renowned for its chicken tenders, and they seem to be a hit in the ol' Carroll-hood. Diner feedback was positive at a recent training just before the restaurant's grand opening on Aug. 12. The company's founders include Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham.


The menu isn't terribly elaborate; not as much variety as, say, Evos, but it does offer some staples with a healthy bent; items that aren't processed, fried in lard, frozen or packed with MSG.


Whole wheat buns, hand-cut fries and low-cal options help make a visit to the speedy, spacious eatery one that wouldn't get a disapproving look from your doctor.


PDQ opened its first eatery in 2009 as Tenders. Its approach to quality, friendly service and cleanliness ensured popularity pretty dern quick.

click to enlarge Operating Partner Andy Sansone (left) with World Series winning former player and manager Lou Piniella. - Brenda Nixon, PDQ
Brenda Nixon, PDQ
Operating Partner Andy Sansone (left) with World Series winning former player and manager Lou Piniella.

click to enlarge Operating Partner Andy Sansone (left) with World Series winning former player and manager Lou Piniella. - Brenda Nixon, PDQ
Brenda Nixon, PDQ
Operating Partner Andy Sansone (left) with World Series winning former player and manager Lou Piniella.
  • Brenda Nixon, PDQ
  • Operating Partner Andy Sansone (left) with World Series winning former player and manager Lou Piniella.

Sporting a snazzy updated retro look — think Arnold's from Happy Days on Mars — PDQ brings its vaulted ceiling, uber-friendly servers and made-fresh-daily fare to the strip-mall strip of North Dale Mabry. The third location in the Bay area, with others in Wesley Chapel and South Tampa, PDQ can be found near the Barnes & Noble on the corner of Stall, south of Fletcher Avenue.

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