A Visit to Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant…Italian Food Fast

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The first time i heard of Fazoli’s® was a couple of weeks ago. I’m always looking for great family-friendly restaurants in Southern California to share with my readers, and after reading about Fazoli’s, i thought i should take the family and give it a try. Fazoli’s is Italian food….fast! and i wasn’t sure what to expect until got there. what most interested me, was that as of June 19th, they’ve changed things at their restaurants to remove all artificial ingredients from the entire menu. this being part of the 0% Artificial 100% Delicious Naturally Italian initiative. i knew i had to check it out!

so we packed up the family and headed over to have dinner at Fazoli’s®. my kids love eating out but we only have “take-out night” once a week. and since we only go once a week, i need to make sure the food is good!

right away we noticed the daily deals. the prices were awesome…which for us is an extra bonus, especially now that we have 6 mouths to feed. we always appreciate a good value.Fazoli's Italian Restaurant Deals

there a 3 top things that my family does when going out to dinner. first of all, they argue. no one agrees on a single place, they always want to go to different restaurant. next, they whine. there’s always someone that doesn’t want to go where the rest of the family decides to go. finally, there is always that one kid that’s mad. they sit there angry that they didn’t get to go to the restaurant of their choice. UGH!!!! this is another reason why we don’t go out a lot. however, i knew Fazoli’s® would be different. all my kids like Italian food, so i was pretty sure everyone would be happy at this dinner. WIN WIN for mom and dad, because we both like Italian food too.

and this was just the case! everyone was happy, no whining. we ordered our meal….we decided to get one of the family-style meals where you pick two entrees and also get a salad and unlimited breadsticks. that’s right…unlimited breadsticks (when you dine-in). we also got an extra order of Fetticcini just because we wanted to try it. they brought the food out and everyone served themselves up a plate.

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so what does Fazoli’s® Italian Food….fast mean? that’s what i was wondering.

well, that’s just what it means….i would call Fazoli’s® “Fast-Casual” since it’s not a restaurant where you sit down and have waiters serve you the entire time. you order your food at the front of the restaurant, which then is brought out to you when it’s ready. there’s actually also a drive-thru where you can order from your car. so yes, the food is ready fast! not many places that have a drive-thru window have accomplished the significant milestone of clean food. especially not a chain store. way to go Fazoli’s®.

knowing that a restaurant serves artificial ingredient free food matters to me because i want to make sure that my children aren’t eating unnecessary chemicals in their food that could potentially cause problems in the future. there is no need for it, so if i can avoid it, i do. and Fazoli’s works with almost 50 suppliers to guarantee that all their food….a total of 81 artificial ingredients, colors and preservatives were eliminated from the food menu.

Fazoli’s® ended up being a hit with the family. good food. fast service. happy kids and happy parents. That’s really what we look for when we add a restaurant to our favorites list. And Fazoli’s® is the only brand that i know of, who offers an Italian dining experience for people who want a break from ordinary fast food, but without spending more. such a great value. plus we had leftovers!

even baby Dani wanted to get in on the action. she tried to steal mommy’s breadstick. yum yum

Fazoli’s® is a great place for family-friendly dining in Southern California. we visited the one in Chino Hills which is just a few miles north of the OC.

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{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fazoli’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

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Taking My Boys to Their First Chinese Restaurant | Spicy City Review

spicy-city-chinese-anaheim-hillsa few weeks ago we were invited to a Spicy City in Anaheim Hills. i thought it was a Chinese take-out place, so i figured my boys would love to try it out with me. however, when we arrived, i found that it was actually a nice Chinese Restaurant. it had more formal seating and traditional Chinese decor. i don’t think i have been to a Chinese restaurant like this since i was 10 years old, so i wasn’t sure what to expect….but i was excited for the new experience and to try the food!

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Spicy City has a wide variety of traditional Chinese options, from family dinners, lunch specials, appetizers, fish, poultry, chicken, beef, soup and fried rice and noodles.
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our meal was served family style, and all the dishes were placed in the middle of the table for all of use to enjoy. i like this set up…eating as family style at restaurants that is.

we started out with the Orange Chicken. this happens to be my oldest son’s favorite dish. he really loved it.

spicy-city-chinese-anaheim-restaurant-reviewhe also like the Shredded Pork with Peking Sauce, which you put on these puffy bread buns. i’ve never had anything like it.spicy-city-chinese-food-anaheim-restaurant-reviewspicy-city-chinese-anaheim-restaurant

my youngest boys loved the fried rice of course. whats not to love about fried rice!

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my best surprise dish of the day was the Walnut Shrimp. i actually don’t love shrimp and very rarely eat them. so when i had to try the Walnut Shrimp, i figured i would politely try it, and pass it along. however, i LOVED this dish. i have never had shrimp cooked this way. they were light and fluffy, and the sauce and walnuts were great. i think that i ate the most of this dish, and actually crave it now and then. i would go back just to have them again.spicy-city-chinese-anaheim-restaurant-walnut-shrimp

some of the other dishes we tried were the Broccoli Beef…YUM….

spicy-city-chinese-anaheim-broccoli-beefthis Fish Platter…which i wasn’t sure about since i am not a fan of fish, but actually liked…spicy-city-chinese-anaheim-fish-soup

Steamed Vegetables

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and Crispy Chicken Cubes.

apparently, Spicy City is a great place for spicy food. some of the the dishes we tried were spicy, but none were to spicy for my taste.

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what a feast we had. so fun to try some of the favorite dishes of Spicy City.

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all in all, i was happy that my boys got to experience a traditional Chinese restaurant. it was very different to them, but it was good for them to get to try and experience new and different foods than they normally eat. they even found some dishes that they now love.

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Spicy City is located in Anaheim Hills at the 91 freeway and Imperial Hwy. you can order family style, single entrée or have your order as take-out. since i haven’t had a lot of experience with Chinese food, so i don’t have much to compare it too. but i enjoyed everything i tried and would go back again when i am craving Chinese.

have a lucky day!

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{ Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were invited guests of Spicy City for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. }