P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.'s 40-plus restaurant chain, operating in 19 states, owes much of its success to founder Paul Fleming's unique idea of pairing oriental cuisine with American-style service. At the outset, when he opened the first of the restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fleming broke with the traditional Chinese restaurant format. With his collaborator, chef Philip Chiang, he devised a comparatively limited menu that featured far fewer dishes than the menus of typical, full-service, Chinese restaurants. Incorporating an American steak house dining style and a formidable selection of wines and cheeses, P.F. Chang's offers such additional oriental restaurant anomalies as espresso and cappuccino. Although P.F. Chang's China Bistros are stylish in decor, displaying motifs from the Ming and T'ang Dynasties and hand-painted murals, the dishes are moderately priced, partly because one of Fleming's aims was to provide high quality but affordable Chinese food for "the masses."

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Buddha's Dream Cocktail

BUDDHA’S DREAM
PF Chang's Copycat Recipe

3/4 ounce Malibu rum
1/2 ounce Bacardi light rum
1/2 ounce Myers’s dark rum
3/4 ripe banana
4 ounces pineapple juice
1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
dash grenadine
maraschino cherry, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except grenadine in a blender. Blend until smooth. Drizzle grenadine around the inside of a 14 ounce stemmed glass. Pour the drink into the glass, add a maraschino cherry on a toothpick, and serve with a straw.

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