Lunch Date to P.F. Chang's at Farmington Station Park

Our kids started preschool last week and and my husband had a few days off work, so we took advantage of the time for a little lunch date. We were going to go to one of my very favorite restaurants, but then I remembered that P.F. Chang’s recently opened at Station Park and we decided to try it out. I’d heard varying reviews from other people who had been, but we knew they had good gluten free options, and we love Chinese food, so we wanted to give them a try. In short, I was thrilled with our experience and we will definitely be going back!

Where: P.F. Chang’s at Farmington Station Park. On the south side of the fountains, just west of the theaters.
Cost: $10-$15 per plate

p.f. changs farmington utah

If you are looking for high end Chinese food, perfect for date night, P.F. Chang’s is the place to go! The atmosphere and the food make it perfect for a lunch date or dinner date. I was impressed with the detail of all of the decorations in the restaurant. Our server was friendly and super helpful, and I noticed the same with other servers at the tables around us. All of the staff was great, our wait time wasn’t long at all and even though the restaurant was busy while we were there, our food came out quickly.

I had the hardest time deciding what to order, I wanted one of everything on the menu. I have a weakness for spring rolls however, so I couldn’t resist starting with one to see how theirs were. I think it was the best vegetable spring roll I’ve ever had. The wrapper was crispy and the inside was fresh and light, not dense or soggy, like some that I’ve tasted before. And they’re served with a sweet chili dipping sauce which I also really love.

p.f. changs favorites

We took advantage of a daily special and ordered Chicken Fried Rice to share. I’m not generally a big fan of fried rice, but I couldn’t get enough of this one! The bean sprouts and green onion were my favorite additions, but really the entire thing was delicious! It’s an added bonus that it is a gluten free option that my husband could enjoy. I was a nice wife and let him finish off the leftovers for his lunch the next day, without even asking for a bite.

My husband ordered off of the gluten free menu. While it seems really limited, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options. He chose the Mongolian Beef and he said other than the garlic (he doesn’t like garlic), it was really good! I know there are a few other things on the menu that he’d enjoy, even though they’re not the dishes that the rest of the table will be enjoying.

p.f. changs gluten free

I’d heard good things about their signature Crispy Honey Chicken, so even though I was really tempted by the Orange Peel Chicken, I decided to give it a try, with brown rice. I really enjoyed it and think it’s a classic dish that anyone would like. It’s not spicy at all and doesn’t have a really strong flavor that would potentially deter anyone. Because I ate so much of the fried rice earlier in our meal, I had enough to take home and enjoy for another meal later in the week.

I’ve heard amazing things about so many of the items on P.F. Chang’s menu, and I want to try them all. On my radar right now is the Orange Peel Chicken, Mandarin Crunch Salad, Crispy Avocado Spring Rolls, and Chicken Pad Thai. I’m also really excited to try some of their desserts! The Banana Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Chocolate Lava Cake are calling my name.

favorite p.f. changs dishes

We will definitely be back for more dates at P.F. Chang’s in the future, and it may become our new go to for Chinese takeout because it’s close, has options everyone in our family would enjoy and it’s really good quality food! It’s just another reason for us to love Station Park as a destination for our date nights.

Our Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants in Davis County

September is Family Mealtime Month, and to celebrate, I wanted to share a few of our favorite places to go eat as a family! With two young kiddos, eating out hasn’t always been fun. I still remember vividly, the first time we took them both to dinner with us. My oldest was two and a half and our baby was just over a year old. We went before the dinner rush, hoping that getting them there before they were hungry would be a success. It was so far from a success that we didn’t take the two of them out to eat with us, even to a fast food restaurant, for over a year.

Now that our kids are a little bit older and we’re a little more experienced, we’ve made a habit of going out on a family date at least once a month. The kids love eating out and being out on a special date with the entire family, and we love not having to cook or do dishes. I’ve really started looking forward to our family date nights out and think about where we’ll go to eat all month long. I wanted to share some of our favorite places to go out to eat as a family, and why we love them, as well as a few tips for making family dinner out less chaotic and more enjoyable for everyone involved!

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Family Friendly Restaurants in Davis County

Joy Luck

The reason I really love Joy Luck is because of their fast service and family dinner style of ordering. When you order family dinner style, everyone picks and entree and they bring out a platter of the dish, big enough that each person can taste some of everything that was ordered. They’ll even add a lazy susan style top for the center of the table to help you avoid having to pass things if you have a bigger party. Everyone gets to enjoy appetizers, soup or salad, and a taste of each of the entrees.

Red Robin

This was one of my family’s most frequented restaurants growing up. We loved getting kids meals with the take home cups and getting to see the Red Robin mascot while we were eating. We love to take our kids here now because of the number of families that go there to eat and because they have great gluten free options for my husband. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy and it’s a restaurant that we’ll frequent for the rest of our lives.

Chick-fil-a

One of the greatest places to go eat as a family is a fast food restaurant. You know they’ll bring your meal quickly, and they often have a play place that can entertain your kids while they wait for their food or after they’ve finished eating. We love Chick-fil-a because they’ve done so many things to make their restaurant family friendly. From being able to order ahead of time and have the food delivered to your table without having to stand in line, to the great play places they have at their restaurant.

Noodles & Co

We generally grab this one as takeout, but we’ve eaten there without any problems as well! The kids meals are a great size, so our little ones usually share one, and we get two rice krispie treats then add a fruit or vegetable when we get home. I love the variety of dishes they have, so no matter what type of food you’re craving, you can find a bowl for you here.

Johnny Rockets

I love the atmosphere at Johnny Rockets and think it’s such a fun place to hang out! Every so often, they’ll play a song on the “jukebox” that signals the entire staff to line up and dance, which is always entertaining for the kids. They serve their ketchup in a design, most often a smile, which adds another element of fun for kids and adults. I love to see the creativity that goes into some of their ketchup art and almost feel bad using it to dip my fries in because it’s so good!

Anywhere that kids eat free!

If kids eat free at a restaurant, you can almost guarantee that they’ll be family friendly! And the best part about kids eating free is not having to spend as much money when you go out. I really liked this list of restaurants in the area from Kids Out and About.

restaurants with kids

Tips for Keeping Kids Entertained While You’re Out to Eat

My favorite part of eating out is the time we have to connect and talk and enjoy being together. I know a lot of families rely on electronics to help them with the kids when they’re out to eat, but I try to use that as a last resort. Electronics are great if your kids finish eating before you, are tired of sitting, and there isn’t a play place they can go to or if you’re out with a big group and know that you’ll be chatting and sitting there for a long time. But when we’re out for a family date, I treat it like a date and we put the electronics away! Instead, we look for ways that we can connect with the kids and have fun as a family, making the meal more enjoyable for everyone.

Bring card games to play

Card games are really easy to pack in your purse or a diaper bag and they’re perfect for pulling out and using at the restaurant table while you wait for your food to arrive. If you have younger kids like us, Go Fish or Old Maid are great games. For older kids, something like Uno can be a lot of fun. Just be sure that you keep the noise level down if your family tends to get more competitive, so you’re not bothering the other people eating around you.

Bring a few novelty toys

I’ve seen some great ideas online for little bags of toys and games and other items that you can bring with you when you go to a restaurant. Bringing these out only when you’re out to eat as a family will make them more exciting and they’ll want to play with them for longer.

Play ‘I spy’

This is a fun game that can be played with kids of all ages! You might set parameters that they things they spy have to be inside the restaurant or can’t be on other people to avoid too much awkward staring. This is also a fun way to practice colors, shapes and recognizing numbers or letters.

Take advantage of the kids meal and crayons

The last time we went to Red Robin, we really loved the activities they’d included on their kids meal place mat sheet. There were things the kids could color, items to look for on a big picture on the back, mazes and crosswords and a variety of other activities. Make use of that free resource that the restaurant provides and use it to pass time until your food arrives.

family mealtime eating out

Take advantage of Family Mealtime Month and plan a day out to eat as a family! Change up your regular routine and try a new restaurant, and make sure to use the time to connect and bond together, like you might during your daily mealtime routine at home. If you watch our Instagram stories, you’ll see us taking advantage of this month to eat out a couple extra times and make it a fun experience for the entire family.

Where is your favorite place to eat out together?

Brunch at Tortilla Union

A few months ago, Tortilla Union announced that they would start serving brunch on weekends, and it’s been on my to do list to go ever since. It took us a few months to find an opportunity when we could go on a date, but we finally made it happen and now I want to have brunch at Tortilla Union every single week! The menu isn’t extensive, but what’s there is phenomenal, so you don’t need a huge variety. If you haven’t been to Tortilla Union yet, I’d strongly suggest going to brunch and dinner, and go a few times because there’s a lot of goodness on their menu, you’ll want to taste it all!

tortilla union brunch

From the moment I saw Tortilla Union’s brunch menu, I knew that I needed to try the Candy Pancakes first. There was no second guessing when we sat down at our table, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat. My husband however, had a few things to choose between. He eats gluten free and we were glad to find some great gluten free options on their menu. He ended up ordering the Carne Steak and Eggs and said it was really good. I can’t stop raving and dreaming about those Candy Pancakes I ate, and felt really bad that my husband couldn’t try a bit because they were amazing!

The pancakes themselves were the perfect texture and a tiny bit crispy on the edges. The batter is sprinkled with cinnamon and pieces of Tortilla Union’s candied bacon are mixed in the batter as well. They come out topped with chipotle honey butter and a horchata crumble and the entire concoction topped with Tortilla Union’s syrup is mind blowing! I always love the unique combination of flavors in their dishes, but this one tops it all! It’s sweet, it’s savory and it has a little kick to it as well! I was in heaven the entire time I ate them, couldn’t wait for my leftovers and immediately wanted more as soon as they were gone.

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There are so many yummy looking dishes on Tortilla Union’s brunch menu. The Huevos Rancheros and the Smothered Breakfast Burrito sounded really good to me. But if I’m being completely honest, it’s going to be next to impossible for me to resist ordering the Candy Pancakes every time we’re there.

An added bonus to brunch at Tortilla Union is that they also serve food from their regular menu during that time. So we ordered breakfast dishes but also made sure to get some Manchego Cheese Dip because no trip to Tortilla Union is complete without that miracle cheese dip and chips!

P.S. If weather is permitting, have brunch on the patio! It adds another element of fun to your date night.

The Best Food Truck Events in Davis County

I've come to love food trucks and enjoy the locally owned trucks in our community. Over the last year or two, different organizations in Davis County have put together food truck roundups that occur on a regular basis throughout the summer. These roundups give you a chance to become familiar with the different trucks in our area and try food from a variety of them at once. Food truck events are the perfect place to grab a meal for date night during the warmer nights of the year!

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By attending food truck round ups, you are supporting local businesses. If you have a hard time deciding where to eat for date night, you won't have to choose. Each of you can order food from different trucks, or you can grab something from each of the trucks at the event and share the food, trying a few bites of everything there is to offer. Here's a list of food truck events that can be found in the area on a regular basis.

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Davis County Food Truck Roundups

Monday Events

Fruit Heights - Monday Night Food Trucks at the Park is hosted at the Fruit Heights City Hall (910 S Mountain Road) from 5-9pm each Monday. For a list of food trucks in attendance each week and movies or other activities you can enjoy, click here.

North Salt Lake - The Food Truck League hosts an event at Legacy Park (1140 W 1100 N) on Monday nights from 5-9pm. For a list of food trucks in attendance each week, click here.

Syracuse - I recently learned about these food truck roundups hosted by the Intermountain Syracuse Clinic. They take place at the IHC Clinic (745 S 2000 W, Syracuse) on Mondays from 5:30pm-8:30pm. From their Facebook page, it looks like the events are only one Monday a month, but somebody told me that they're every Monday, so you might check. For details on each week's event, click here

Black's Sliders Food Truck

Friday Events

Layton - Through the end of August, you can find food trucks at Layton FEST (465 N Wasatch Dr, Layton). For information on each week's theme, activities and the food trucks in attendance, click here.

Bountiful - Another Food Truck League event takes place just next door to the Bountiful City Hall (761 S Main Street, Bountiful). For information on which food trucks will be involved each week, click here.

World's Best Corndogs Food Truck

Saturday Events

Kaysville - Every Saturday at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Rd, Kaysville) from 5-9pm you'll find food trucks, music and movies in the park. For information on what's going each week, click here

food truck roundups and entertainment

There are other food truck gatherings that can generally be found in association with large events throughout the summer. Free summer concerts and movies in the park are just a couple of the types of events that attract food trucks. You can always check our upcoming events page for information on events and whether you can find food trucks there or not.

Which local food truck is your favorite?

Food truck roundups and events in Davis County this year.

Where to Celebrate International Sushi Day in Davis County

International Sushi Day is this coming Tuesday June 18th and I wanted to give you enough notice that you could celebrate with a date night over the weekend if you want. Like most random holidays, there is a real purpose behind . The purpose of this holiday is to raise awareness about the truths and fiction surrounding sushi.

Location: Restaurants around Davis County
Cost: Varies - see price range by restaurant below

Confession: I've never been a huge sushi fan, but the truth is, I've only tasted it once and it was years ago. I made it a goal to try it again last year and couldn't do it. So if you have suggestions for what type of sushi we should try first, please send them my way!

International Sushi Day

Where to Find Good Sushi in Davis County

Mikkado - Bountiful (255 N 500 W) - $8-$15 per roll: 16 different sushi roll options as well as a variety of Tepanyaki options for those non-sushi eaters in your group. For a special occasion, try the 5 Course Dinner for Two ($68)

Fuji Sushi - Centerville (330 N Marketplace Dr) - $3.50-$14.50 per roll: Dine in or pickup. Fuji Sushi is an Asian restaurant known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and use of high quality fresh ingredients.

Sushi Monster - Farmington (935 W 100 N) - $11-$30: No menus are provided online for this restaurant, so I'm going to have to go here in person. The reviews and posts on social media mention great deals on sushi rolls and delicious food.

Davis County Sushi locations

Tony's Grill and Sushi Bar - Layton (22 N Main Street) - $4.50-$11 per roll: A wide variety of sushi and endless sushi rolls.

Osaka Sushi and Isakaya - Layton (918 Heritage Park Blvd) - $4.00-$15 per roll: So many different options for sushi and Japanese cuisine. Check out their menu on Facebook to see what all they have to offer.

Sushi Ya - Clearfield (1246 Legend Hills Dr) - $4.50-$13 per roll: All you can eat for $14.95 per person, select from sushi sections A&B.

The best sushi in Davis County, UT

At Home - Smith's Near You - Smith's has a sushi-to-go counter in their stores that I've heard is pretty good. If you have had experience with their sushi before, please leave your thoughts in the comments below for others to refer to.

'Where do you like to go for sushi in Davis County?

The best places to get sushi in Davis County, UT