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mish

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I'm not a mall fan - but, recently met a friend for lunch at a mall & was surprised to see the array of food offerings.

Wondered:
What foods are in your malls
Which stands/foods are you drawn to/favorites
If you could open your own stand/space, what delites would you make/sell?
What do you think of mall food in general
Do you think there should be more high-class (for lack of a better description) restaurants

I'm partial to Panda Express (?), & order the wontons/dumplings, comes with one each chicken & beef satay sticks & rice.
 

htc

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My local mall offers:

Sub Way
McDonalds
Orange Julius
Cajun Grill
Paradise Bakery
Indain food - forgot the name
Chick-fillet
Japanese food
Taco Time
Steak Escape
Orient Express

I don't tend to like to eat at the mall because I consider most of it junk food...which means it's food I never eat unless I am craving bad stuff. My choice is usually Taco Time because I like th artery clogging deep fried taco things. :)

If I could open my own stand of course it would be Vietnamese food. An array of soups, rice and noodle dishes.
 

htc

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Oh, I forgot, it does have one "sit down" place, a burger joint that is based on the old fashioned (think Happy Days) style rest. complete w/ mini juke box at your table and checkered floors and malted milk shakes. :)
 

mish

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htc said:
I don't tend to like to eat at the mall because I consider most of it junk food...If I could open my own stand of course it would be Vietnamese food. An array of soups, rice and noodle dishes.

I agree htc. Would love to see Thai/Vietnamese & Indian food. Thanks for the food for thought.
 

luvs

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we have a smoothie place, a french fry place, sandwich shops, a meat 'n potatoes place, a french fry shop, cookie place, and several more i can't think of at one mall. there's also an eat-in restaurant w/ actual meals, like planked salmon and filet mignon.

at the other, it's only a little dive that has the most awesome fries and gravy you could imagine.

and at the newest mall around here, there is a restaurant/bar, but that's not by the food court. all the usuals you'd expect are available in thier food court, too.
 

pdswife

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My favorite mall doesn't let food chains in...
it's all pretty great food.
There's sushi, Mexican, Greek, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Italian
plus many other international type places and a 50's diner type rest.
 

wasabi

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The Food Court at Ala Moana Shopping Center has EVERYTHING. Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, Thai, burgers, cookies, ice cream etc. etc.

I would open a Starbucks. There is always a line at Starbucks.
 

-DEADLY SUSHI-

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I havent gone to a mall in a couple of years. But they had many selections of cusine. Wasabi & Pdswife those malls sounds great! I love all of those foods! :D
 

Dove

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htc said:
Oh, I forgot, it does have one "sit down" place, a burger joint that is based on the old fashioned (think Happy Days) style rest. complete w/ mini juke box at your table and checkered floors and malted milk shakes. :)

Wish I were there...That was such a fun time..except for having to polish the juke boxes and wash all the soda fountian equipment after the night shift.
 

AllenOK

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I don't think the two malls here have a "food court". One of those malls has a small restaurant of some sort, but not sure what kind.
The other mall has an Appleby's, and that's the only restaurant, I believe.

I grew up Tulsa, OK. There are three big malls there. Those malls have definite food courts, with mostly fast-food-types and "snack shops" selling ice cream, cookies/muffins, etc. Of the fast food places, McNasty's, pizza-by-the-slice, Chinese, Chick-Fil-A, a Philly Cheesesteak place (that one may have since closed), Arby's, etc. There was even an Olive Garden Cafe, serving a light selection of the regular menu. Snack shops were TJ Cinnamons, Dipp-n-Dots, TCBY, a lemonade place, etc.

Of course, I don't usually go mall-hopping anymore, so I don't eat there anymore.
 

nicole

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Im not a mall person. I try to avoid it as much as possible. Ours do have Mc Donalds, Chick filet, chinesse, gyros, pizza a couple of other things. I haven't been to our mall since I was 16 I'm 23 :shock:, wow, I didn't think it ws that long. I don't think I would eat at any of the places there. Not a fan of fast food. Would rather have home cooked meal.
 

DampCharcoal

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We have a place called Easton Towne Center that's supposed to be an ultra-upscale "shopping experience" but it's basically a mall with expensive stores, expensive restaurants and a GameWorks. Ugh. That place is pretentious to the extreme. I'll take a Sbarro any day! :LOL:
 

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