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Panda Gourmet, Szechuan Specialists in the Langdon Days Inn - New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE

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37 minutes ago, Rieux said:

Now that they are on Amazon, going to try them through a delivery order.  Dan Dan Noodles sound like a must-order.  Has anyone had the scallion pancake?  How's the Ma Po Tofu?

A word of caution on Amazon Prime Now. @MichaelBDC and I ordered Panda Gourmet via Amazon again on Thursday and it took nearly 90 minutes to get to us. There was a disclaimer when we were ordering citing that the items we wanted would take a long time to prepare. However, following the tracker, it was clear that the kitchen prepared our order in a reasonable amount of time but the driver was making multiple deliveries (we are unsure if it was from one or multiple restaurants). Saw the driver drive past us (in Chinatown) to do one or more deliveries in the Palisades/Georgetown. The result was that much of our order needed a bit of reheating. Still a pretty good meal, but something to take into account when putting in an order. 

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5 hours ago, eatruneat said:

A word of caution on Amazon Prime Now. @MichaelBDC and I ordered Panda Gourmet via Amazon again on Thursday and it took nearly 90 minutes to get to us. There was a disclaimer when we were ordering citing that the items we wanted would take a long time to prepare. However, following the tracker, it was clear that the kitchen prepared our order in a reasonable amount of time but the driver was making multiple deliveries (we are unsure if it was from one or multiple restaurants). Saw the driver drive past us (in Chinatown) to do one or more deliveries in the Palisades/Georgetown. The result was that much of our order needed a bit of reheating. Still a pretty good meal, but something to take into account when putting in an order. 

Your post is very interesting.  My close friend owns a bar in Adams Morgan, and he participates in a number of these delivery services.  He gets complaints frequently from people that the food isn't good.  The bottom line is that he cannot control what happens when the food leaves his restaurant.  He also said that it often sits for long periods of time before being picked up and in those instances he makes a new order, but still cannot control when and in what condition it gets to the purchaser.

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Any recent thoughts, especially in light of the Xi'an opening?  We haven't been in quite a while and were wondering about overall quality, anything specifically better/not quite as good, etc. 

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No drop off 4 weeks ago for the things I order (Griddle Cooked Fish. The online menu is different than print. I get a chicken and rice dish from the print menu. Two of them look the same except one has peanuts in it. Dry cooked, I believe? You would have to ask when you see the menu. Need to return!)

I'd be sad if there were a drop off for even common things like their comfort food egg drop soup!

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Yes, the Griddle Cooked Fish and egg drop soup were good today!  Like most dishes you can get this with chicken or shrimp or pork or lamb or some other meat. Lots of vegetables (onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, celery, garlic, leek). The fish is fried in a batter. Be sure to mix everything well with the hot chili oil at the bottom of the pan it's served in.

The 2 chicken dishes I mentioned in my previous posts were from SC-07 Dry Braised Series and SC-08 Stir Fried Spicy Series (on the print menu). One of them has crushed peanuts in it.

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Hungover from New Years Eve festivities, I had the craving for Chinese food and convinced @MichaelBDC to roll the dice and order from Panda Gourmet via Postmates. We over ordered and ate throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Thankfully we did not have any major delivery issues that noticeably affected food quality. Altogether we ordered large hot and sour and wonton soups, steamed dumplings in red sauce, won tons in hot and spicy sauce, dan dan noodles, and liang pi noodles. The dumplings and wontons in sauce were a hit as well as the liang pi noodles, which were spicy, smoky, and overall very good. Hot and sour soup could have been better but really hit the spot for this hung over gal. Wonton soup was the only disappointment. The broth was very soy heavy. We didn't get to the dan dan noodles and are still in our fridge waiting to be reheated. We would order Panda Gourmet from Postmates again.

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On 1/3/2019 at 6:49 PM, eatruneat said:

Hungover from New Years Eve festivities, I had the craving for Chinese food and convinced @MichaelBDC to roll the dice and order from Panda Gourmet via Postmates. We over ordered and ate throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Thankfully we did not have any major delivery issues that noticeably affected food quality. Altogether we ordered large hot and sour and wonton soups, steamed dumplings in red sauce, won tons in hot and spicy sauce, dan dan noodles, and liang pi noodles. The dumplings and wontons in sauce were a hit as well as the liang pi noodles, which were spicy, smoky, and overall very good. Hot and sour soup could have been better but really hit the spot for this hung over gal. Wonton soup was the only disappointment. The broth was very soy heavy. We didn't get to the dan dan noodles and are still in our fridge waiting to be reheated. We would order Panda Gourmet from Postmates again.

Just a note that they're also available for delivery via Uber Eats. I actually didn't realize they were on Postmates as well. 

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First visit! Essentially riffed off @eatruneat's order strategy but ate in. Last Fri, around 1130am. I'd say half dozen tables seated.

Steam Dumpling in Red Hot Sauce / Dan Dan Noodles / Shaanxi Style Homemade Noodle / Grilled Lamb Skewers / Shredded Beef in Spicy Oil Broth (don't recall the name; my Chinese friend ordered off the printed menu and it came in a large white pot with choice of protein)

The Shaanxi noodles and the skewers were my favorite. The dumplings and Dan Dan noodles made for pretty decent leftovers hours later. My one nitpick on the latter, these struck me as overcooked and slightly mushy, not the springiness and chew with which I was familiar. Having only really had them at Hong Kong Palace (Falls Church) and Mala Tang (Arlington), I'm wiling to concede my limited experience here - flavor was still great.

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The rou jia mo and the Shaanxi Style Homemade Noodle are my go-to orders here. I just ate in on December 30th and everything was delicious.

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Quick lunch today. Just an order of Fiery Pot Lamb. I have had beef and fish before, this is my first time with lamb.  I just ordered it from the menu and did not specify hot.   The lamb is a little chewier than the beef but is also very rich. I would not have minded a few more slices of lamb. The broth is fiery hot, without being overbearing hot. But it is one of the spicier dishes I have had in a while. The broth comes fillled with bean sprouts and cabbage. As is typical in Szechuan dishes, there is a slick of oil on the top of the dish but the dish itself is not greasy at all. 

Panda Gourmet hit it out of the park with this dish. Need to go back with a group to get a good cross section of the menu. 

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Just want to gauge the interest in a dinner here. Probably under $30 per person. The menu will be pre selected with a balance of spicy and milder dishes. But if you are not into hot, garlic etc, this is not the best place for you. If there is general interest I will post an event in the events section

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Interest!  Especially with a curated meal.  Weeknights (other than Wednesday) work best for me, but I could be flexible, depending......

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5 hours ago, deangold said:

Just want to gauge the interest in a dinner here. Probably under $30 per person. The menu will be pre selected with a balance of spicy and milder dishes. But if you are not into hot, garlic etc, this is not the best place for you. If there is general interest I will post an event in the events section

I'd be interested depending on date/time!

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Thursday works for me most weeks, but I have (uncharacteristic! ;-) conflicts on Feb 27 and March 5.  But don't let that stop the group from going on either night.

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Hi, Dean! Huge fan of Panda, not a huge fan of the location. Having dined at both Panda and sister restaurant Xi'an in Rockville, and seeing no appreciable difference between the two from a cuisine standpoint, would it be reasonable to consider seeing which venue would draw the most interest? Just an idea I wanted to throw out there. Thanks for trying to get some group dinners going!

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Yhe event at Panda Gourmet is posted in events.

I want to do both. I think they each do different dishes well. I think that Panda does traditional sichuan dishes best. 

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