Here's Panda Express' newest foray into the world of the nation's latest culinary trends. Not comfortable with sitting around and waiting for the orange chicken to get cold, the large steam-table chain is kicking things up a notch with Panda Express Innovation Kitchen, a concept store in Pasadena that soft opened last week and is already beating back the crowds. So what's different here? First off, a tea bar, much like what one would find in SGV with boba and grass jelly. Also, a Chipotle-style "wrap" and salad section where diners can build a meal from various Panda Express ingredients. Also, free WiFi and big screen TVs. It's actually a place you'll want to hang out in. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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