PDQ: the diamond after the rough

Join Will and Kyle as they reward their Arby’s-battered taste buds with some delectable white meat relief

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10:30 on a Wednesday. Most regular kids would be attending school, beginning their lunch in all likelihood. Yet, Will and Kyle, affectionately known as the Powerful Pair, decided to celebrate their survival of some truly horrid restaurants with a treat: PDQ. This restaurant is so tasty due to its elusive mastery of a common food, chicken. The savory taste of their chicken is rivaled only by Chick-fil-A; however, PDQ is aided by its relative ambiguity, as it is not as widely known as Chick-fil-A and is more edgy. Perfect for our heroes. So Hasell and Cunningham, accompanied by the illustrious James Hasell, Will’s twin, left their comfortable habitation in East Lake and made the arduous journey to Clearwater, where the esteemed establishment is located. At 10:30, just as PDQ opened its doors, the boys rushed in, salivating already at the mere scent of the menu.

Both then decided to order the classic chicken, as it seemed as though doing otherwise would be a form of sacrilege. Kyle chose the tenders with buffalo sauce, yet Will chose the nuggets, and James went with a healthy salad, adorned with a respectable portion of chicken. With such diversity, the group was bound to find some discrepancies in their lunch. However, the meal had no flaws. The wooden tables and homey atmosphere bolstered the relaxed aura PDQ attempts to convey, which made the quality of the food all the more astounding once eaten. Each bite of chicken was better than the last until the bittersweet conclusion of the meal, at which point James was on the verge of tears. The delectable, juicy bites of chicken were perfectly complimented by their various sauces, spanning from creamy garlic to savory Sriracha. Will boldly mixed every sauce together, creating an ultimate puree to accompany his chicken. The temerity, nay, the audacity of this impulsive action was great, but the delicious result was even greater. The beverages were not to be scoffed at either; Kyle purchased a soft drink with his entree, while the twins went straight for the shake, a Blueberry vanilla to be exact. The taste of the soda was standard, yet the shake was superb. The group knew they must have more.

As the boys began to file out of the restaurant, the temptation to indulge in another shake was overwhelming. Subsequently, they returned to the cashier and purchased another shake, this time of  the Oreo Banana denomination. There was a long wait for the shake; that is unquestionably true. However, what the shake lacked in swiftness, it more than made up for in taste. The cream of the Oreo mixed beautifully with the sweetness of the banana and both were supplemented by the crumbling chocolate of the Oreo’s shell. The unconventional shake was a masterpiece, and was thoroughly enjoyed by the boys on their journey home.

After this experience, Will and Kyle seem to be hesitant to continue their pursuits in the world of restaurants. The Sassy Set, as the pair is known in some circles, is battle-weary from Golden Corral, war-torn from Arby’s, combat-ravaged from Celebration Station. Yet, both understand the importance of their endeavors, and with the heavenly finale they received at PDQ, they are both willing to renew their quest to unveil the hard truths about restaurants for next year, although they recognize that they will likely pay a price. Until then, though, the boys are content with sitting at home and reliving the wonder they experienced at PDQ.

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