PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality. The fried chicken chain began in 2009, when founders Bob and Nick opened their first storefront in North Carolina, featuring a line of made-from-scratch chicken tenders. The company has always prided itself on a dedication to using local vendors and quality products, and to treating its employees well. PDQ franchises are involved in community initiatives, in order to give back to the areas in which they are located. Using the fast food model, they have sought to reframe the conversation around fast food. So far, they’ve been successful.
This week, Long Island got its first taste of PDQ chicken, as PDQ opened in Farmingdale—the first PDQ in the state of New York. The eatery opened officially on Sunday, to fanfare. The first 50 guests in line received a free $50 gift card, free lunch, and a swag bag. Custom Cakes by Kristy also fashioned custom cupcakes, which were given to the first 50 customers as well.
The PDQ Farmingdale menu includes hand-breaded chicken tenders, homemade sauces, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads, and hand-spun milkshakes. Specialty sauces include ranch, buffalo bleu, creamy garlic, honey barbecue, sweet sriracha, chipotle barbecue, and honey mustard. Did I mention the chili-lime corn with feta and scallions? Yeah, they have that, too. But if you’re feeling virtuous, you can opt for broccoli instead. The branch will be open seven days a week, for both lunch and dinner.