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Panda Express Innovation Kitchen, A Swanky New Fast-Casual Concept With Custom Wraps and Tea Bar

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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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