Bites Nearby: Pei Wei Asian Diner in Novi
This week's pick offers tasty Asian food prepared in a variety of styles at an affordable price.
Unlike your typical pie and sandwich diner, Pei Wei Asian Diner at 43170 Grand River in Novi serves Asian food from five different cultures. Owned by the same company as its full service sister restaurants, P.F. Chang's Bistro, Pei Wei offers many similar dishes in a more casual setting. After placing your order at a counter upon entering and seating yourself, your food is then brought out to you by a server. Because of this, prices are lower and take out orders are more common at Pei Wei.
Atmosphere: One of the first things you notice when entering Pei Wei is the bright red floor. This is apparently the signature color of the restaurant and adds to the warmth of the cozy kitchen-like atmosphere. Large illuminated menu boards are also among the first features diners encounter, giving them time to mull over the many food options and preparation styles before stepping up to the counter to order.
Bar: No alcohol is served at Pei Wei.
Food: Pei Wei offers a wide range of Asian dishes including spring rolls, lettuce wraps, salads and full entrees as well as noodle and rice bowls. When choosing a main dish visitors can pick from shrimp, chicken, steak or tofu and vegetables and then select from the assorted preparation styles including mandarin Kung Pao or ginger broccoli.
The sweet and sour preparation is one of my favorites and usually tastes great with the crispy chicken. The sweet and sour sauce includes red ginger, onions, green bell peppers and pineapple. The crab wontons are also a personal favorite here and come served in a sweet, sticky sauce. I like to eat them with the spicy mustard sauce. There's a counter in the back of the restaurant where you can get extra sauces. And don't forget a fortune cookie, which comes individually wrapped and yours for the taking following a meal.
Most entrees come with a choice of white or brown rice. Pei Wei also offers many gluten free entrees.
Price level: $3.75 for two egg rolls to $8.50 for a signature dish with steak.
Dress code: Casual
Reservations: Not accepted at Pei Wei, walk-ins welcome
Parking: Pei Wei is surrounded by a large parking lot and there are several handicap spaces
Menu link: Click here for the online menu
Website: Click here for company website
Online order: Click here to place an order online from the Novi location
Phone number: 248-675-0040
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.