Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Resturant Review: Teriyaki Madness

My husband and I haven't had very much luck eating out at non-chain restaurants. We always say lets try that new local place and then get scared and take a pass and end up somewhere we've eaten before. Teriyaki Madness is a chain of restaurants but new to me. I love teriyaki and I wanted to try a new restaurant and I was able to convince my husband that going out for dinner was a good idea despite the pouring rain and the fact that this place is miles away from our new place.  We had other errands in the area so it all worked out but I hate driving in the rain.  Thankfully the fearful in the dark rain driving was worth it.

Teriyaki Madness is located near the Loop but across John Young in a new shopping plaza that has gone up near BJs.  I guess it's the Loops competition because it also has an Outback Steakhouse, Cheddars, Hoppy Lobby, PetSmart and many other great shops. There is still construction going on and we noticed a couple other new eateries to be open soon and something called a Fresh Market to be open soon. Wish I lived closer!

Teriyaki Madness has a very simple menu. You pretty much pick a protein and a base of veggies, noodles or veggies (or a combo) and there are some appetizers and side items to choose from as well. I don't recall seeing any dessert items being available which was kind of sad since Menchii's is all the way over by the Loop.  Like I need the extra calories, lol!

The really neat thing about Teriyaki Madness is that it is a franchise run by the Brevard Achievement Center (BAC), a nonprofit agency with headquarters in Rockledge Colorado that offers programs and services to assist people with disabilities. According to the signage in store these restaurants are a revenue source (obviously) and can provide on-the-job training, not to mention employment, for people with disabilities. Pretty awesome, right?

It was pouring down rain so it wasn't very busy in the store. The few people we saw looked like employees from the surrounding stores. This location was also hard to see from the road and when we tried to get directions via our phone it insisted that this location did not exist. It's a small building really. I couldn't get a picture of the exterior due to rain but it's just grey with a large lit sign with the Teriyaki Madness in black in red. I love the color and the madness, lol! The store was clean and all teh tables came well stocked with teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and sriracha. They offer the typical fountain drinks and some bottled items as well.

I did feel like we waited quite a long time for our order but since everything was made fresh and the staff was uber friendly I didn't mind over much. I think their might have been some to-go orders holding up service as well.

I ordered the teriyaki chicken bowl with rice and stir-fried veggies. I also ordered an appetizer of crab rangoon. I received a ton of food. I honestly could not finish it all. I had so much rice leftover! The chicken was delicious and the crab rangoon? OMG! The best I have had in a long time. It came with some sort of dipping sauce that was just fantastic. I ordered 4 but next time I'll do the order of two. I couldn't eat everything and ended up taking 2 of mine home to eat later.

My husband ordered a bowl with katsu with yakisoba noodles and stir fried veggies (half of which I consumed because he doesn't like squash or broccoli). I tried some of the chicken and thought it was delicious. I wasn't a big fan of the noodles but they were okay.

I can't remember if my husband was able to finish the whole bowl. If he left anything it was veggies. He said he really liked his meal too.

Our final bill total was a bit pricey but I don't think much more than ordering Chinese take out and I really feel it was better tasting than any of the Chinese food we have ordered recently.I think the bowl I ordered was around $7.00 and includes the chicken, the rice and the veggie side. The crab rangoon only comes 4 to an around and was around $4.00.Next time me and the hubby will split an order. Hubby's bowl was a bit more because yakisoba noodles are $1.00 extra. The menu does have vegetarian items (like tofu)and also salads. You can also save carbs by ordring all veggies and no rice/noodles.

By the way, my husband's dish came with a sauce to pour on his chicken which I didn't much care for. It reminded me a bit of A-1 steak sauce with cinnamon added to it. It comes on the side so you can control how much to put on your food. My husband really liked it but guess what? He's a more adventurous eater than I am.

I will definetly be eating at Teriyaki Madness in the future. I'm not sure if I'll take my husband with me though. Unfortunately he could see that PetSmart from were he was seated and he decided it would be a brilliant idea to go look around at all the little critters. We ended up bring home one of those little critters:

Her name is Onyxia and she is currently a rambunctious brat. Well, she is a kitten still and I guess that is to be expected. She's a cute one and I couldn't say no to my husband's puppy dog eyes asking if we could take her home. So welcome home Onyxia.

Teriyaki Madness
680 Centerview Blvd, 
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 530-5800