Wandered into a chicken sandwich fast food place in Schaumburg yesterday. I’d never heard of PDQ before, but Yelp reviews were encouraging.

Chicken dominated the menu, with a slightly higher nugget & strip focus than Chick-Fil-A. Service was extra-friendly and the place felt clean and fresh. The Cali Club was highlighted online, so I ordered the meal, selecting fries over tots. The woman taking my order asked if I wanted a dipping sauce for my fries. Ketchup was readily available in unique bottle pumps with the superior double-wide plastic cups rarely offered at fast food places. But you also get a free cup of dipping sauce at the register. I chose ranch over a variety of chipotle/sriracha/etc. inspired sauces. The coke machine was the modern version with the touchscreen and multiple flavor options for each pop. For instance, I could’ve selected pineapple Mello Yello. I went with regular. (Yeah, no Mountain Dew. This ain’t no fairy tale. But the Mello Yello turned out to be alright.) My order taker delivered my basket to the table as I gathered condiments and napkins.

Quality piece of chicken on that bun. The Club included guacamole, bacon & ranch. I used my ranch cup to dip the sandwich and stuck to ketchup with the fries. Chick-Fil-A might maintain the edge in French fries. But PDQ’s aren’t bad.

All in all, great day of personal discovery. There’s only three PDQs around so far: Orland, Schaumburg & Wheaton. Keep expanding, PDQ. That way we can all start to avoid that ubiquitous unresolvable craving for Chick-Fil-A on the day of our Lord.

At the end of your meal, waltz over to the hand-washing station – right out in the middle of the dining area. Complete with foot-activated water and moisturizing lavender soap – I’ve never seen anything like it. I felt cared for and well fed. Exited the restaurant without greasy, salty, fry hands.

I’ll be monitoring PDQ in the future to see if it pops up closer to my pad.