What is The PDQ Fresh Food Fast (Tenders) Restaurant in Tega Cay?

Update April 2014 – PDQ and Tenders closed. Location is now called Toast Cafe in Tega Cay.

Update Oct 2011 – PDQ is now called Tenders, same management and food menu. See new Post at PDQ-in-tega-cay-changes-name-to-tenders/

New Fast Food Restaurant in Tega Cay?

I imagine you, like me, are curious about the new fast food restaurant under construction at Gray Stone Crossing Shopping Center in Tega Cay (Hwy 160 between Dam Rd and Stonecrest Blvd). I have not found anyone directly familiar with PDQ. I know the Fort Mill Times sent out a Tweet a while back asking anybody for info on PDQ. Here is what I have been able to find about PDQ via my internet research.

PDQ Fresh Food Fast restaurant is a new concept restaurant developed and owned by the Captiva Restaurant Group together with Robert Basham (co-founder of Outback Steak House). Captiva’s partners Mike Vaughn, Joe Douglas and Chris Carlsen own and operate the small chain of 131 Main restaurants in Cornelius and Charlotte. Their always fresh concept (they don’t own a freezer) at 131 Main units is part of the PDQ’s fresh food concept claiming food is never frozen. The group decided to expand the PDQ concept after success with the first PDQ type unit in Cornelius NC called Tenders Fresh Food.

Info from a real estate marketing listing claims PDQ’s menu will be a simple offering of chicken tenders and sandwiches, turkey pork tenderloin sandwiches, fries, milkshakes, and fruit. PDQ estimates opening in September. As you can see in the first picture, a sign company was putting the last sign up yesterday evening.

By the way, the .084 AC PDQ site is being marketed for sale (ground lease) as an investment by Berkeley Capital Advisors LLC for $950,210.

PDQ is located at 2435 SC Highway 160, Tega Cay, SC 29708

Update Monday 9/13/2010

Ft. Mill High School Fundraiser – Join PDQ while they prepare for their upcoming opening! Thursday, September 16th 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. Any “Meal Deal” for only $3.00! All proceeds (100%) donated to Ft. Mill High School “Meal Deal” includes any entrée, fries and a soft drink! (Normally $6.60 plus tax)

Must bring coupon to PDQ Ft._Mill_Fundraiser_Flyer Limit one per Guest

2429 Highway 160 West, Tega Cay, South Carolina 803-548-6555

Below per your request is PDQ’s menu as of October 2010

Tried PDQ yet? Tell us what you think below


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  1. Lauren says

    Just ate there and they seriously have the best chicken tenders ever! They were so fresh and so well seasoned tasted like my grandma’s old recipe. And the french fries are skinny krinkle fries, which I have never seen before. They were excellent too! Taste like homemade fresh cut potato fries! Will definately be going back…very impressed!

  2. Michele M says

    They have great food there. My children love the Chicken Tenders they are so Juicy and mouth watering. The shakes are wonderful as well. They do sell the tenders for parties and such. The Manager is a great person to talk to all of the employee’s walk around and make sure customers need refills and they get them.There is no standing in line to get refills. They make the sauces there in the store. For $20 you can get 25 chicken tenders. Steve said that if you buy a large amount the tenders itself range from 89 cents a piece. The french fries are great. They are small but you get alot. Great place to sit down and enjoy a meal with family,friends and co-workers. Steve said they can do office Parties as well as long as they know in advance.

  3. Heather Todd says

    Just tried this place for the first time. Bad first impression… they forgot my kids meal at the drive-through and I had to go back inside and get it. Nobody even thought to say sorry for the inconvenience. There were like 5 people behind the counter and none of them seem to give a darn. So, we get home with everything (5 minutes away) and the fries are good but a little cold. I open my grilled chicken sandwich and it has MAYO- even though the menu says it comes with honey mustard. Since I hate mayo I am now forced to go back once again. My 10 year old starts eating and his chicken sandwich has a bone in it. Very discouraging… I don’t know if I will give them a second chance or not. The food was a little more expensive than most other fast food places in town and not worth the hassle I had to go through after a really long day.

  4. Heather Todd says

    This is a follow up in case you are wondering… I returned to the store with the two sandwiches in tow and the manager was super understanding. He offered to remake the entire order even though my daughter ate the kids meal. Then he also gave us three complimentary meals for a return visit. The food was great once we returned home with fresh hot food. I will definitely give it another try.

  5. admin says

    Heather, I’m glad PDQ took care of your customer complaint. It’s too bad you had to go back to take care of it.

    I made a stop at PDQ yesterday for lunch. No line at the drive thru. I ate a crisp turkey breast sandwich. Interesting taste and I liked it. Fries are the best. I thought the drink size for combo meal offering compared to other fast food places was too small.

  6. admin says

    An update note. I read a release the other day PDQ plans on opening 2 units in Tampa and is hunting for a site in Charlotte.

  7. Cliff Claven says

    PDQ stands for “Pretty Darn Quick”. It’s a common term used to describe displays by many retailers. Stores like Target and Wal-Mart want a display that their employees can set up “pretty darn quick”.

  8. Local says

    I tried PDQ for the first time today, after driving by it every day wondering what it was about. The concept reminds me of In-N-Out Burger on the west coast (minus the burgers). It’s totally In-N-Out Chicken. Small/simple menu, fresh/never frozen ingredients, slender fresh cuts fries (PDQ’s are crinkled), shakes and good service. I got the grilled chicken sandwich and fries, definitely fresh, definitely good. I’ll be back.

  9. says

    Just tried eating at PDQ for the first time. I must say that it is also going to be my last time. I didn’t know they had such a limited menu. Wow, six selections.
    I ordered the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with FF. Hopefully no one would serve turkey like that to guest in their home. Also the FFs were tasteless and cold.
    My wife and I threw away our meals and went to another place to eat.

  10. says

    FRESH FOOD FAST….It’s not FAST FOOD! Its real fresh high quality food cooked to order! BRILLIANT! I love the fresh cut Fries, the FRESH TENDERS are the best Tenders I’ve ever tasted, the flavor, crunch, juiciness and the fact that they are REAL TENDERS instead of what I get at the competition! I’m not spending anymore money @ PDQ and the food is superior.

  11. bill right says

    another chicken finger place great like zaxbys but zaxbys better but still not special either, mcdonalds and taco bell will advertise them to death especially since the food at pdq is not special anyway. hope they do good though good luck to them for sale for 950000 the land i reckon ok deal for investment maybe.people dont seem that trained and prices too expensive. best thing i thought htough thanksgiving turkey

  12. Jack says

    I go to the store in Fort Mill. Food is good. Buns are good. Spices and sauces are good. Fries are GREAT! Chicken is tasty. Shakes are very good. They put too much ice in the drinks though. Every time I go, I get 3/4 cup of ice and 1/4 drink. Next time I’ll order a drink without ice.

  13. Ryan says

    PDQ is bad ass. Service is top notch, the food is spectacular. The cost is a little higher but you can actually taste the difference.

    I love the crispy turkey sandwich….Very good

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  16. says

    I really like their salads, but they need to post some nutrition information on their products. I cannot just eat or let the kids eat without knowing how much fat or calories. p d q restaurant nutrition information is needed tokeep me coing back.

  17. Martin Manoso says

    If you are concerned about nutrition information and fat and calories ( not to nention peticides in fruit and veggies and antibiotics and medications in meat) then fon’t take your kito a fast food restaurant- period.

  18. Warren Lawler says

    I COMPLETELY agree with #26 Stan above! COME ON PDQ! You’re selling grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.. all of us to watch our calories and weight judiciously want to KNOW the nutritional info.. I can get ALL of the nutritional info from McDonalds, Burger King Subway and every other fast food place. ESPECIALLY the calories in the dressings!! #27 Martin Manoso.. I respectfully disagree.. I DO agree re pesticides, antibiotics etc.. in ALL processed chicken BUT as for fat and calories.. there ARE many fast food options. Subway.. and even McDonalds has a grilled chicken sandwich that if you hold the mayo comes in at 300 calories. I lost 180lbs 3 years ago and have maintained my weight of 180lbs (yes lost half my body weight) and I eat some fast food.. I’m just CAREFUL about calories and fat.

  19. Melissa says

    I just ate at pdq it was the best ! Loved the buffalo chicken sandwich & tenders . And the sauces are out of this world good too . I can’t wait for my kids to try it . Everyone there was so friendly & sweet . I can’t wait to go back . Keep up the good work pdq!!!

  20. Marleen & Rodgers Aiton and AJ (service Dog) says

    I have not as of yet eaten in PDQ, but there is one coming to Gainesville, Fl and I am looking forward to eating there, my husband is ill and a lot of times he will want Chicken Tenders and if he will eat them I will by them. Do you know the opening date for the Gainesville Restaurant?

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