By Peter Covino
I am not sure I like the name so much, but the food is pretty good at Teriyaki Madness.
This place has been called the Chipotle of Asian cooking, and from a menu stand-point, it certainly is.
Located at the Crosswinds Shopping Center in Kissimmee, the åmenu at Teriyaki is very simplified, hence the comparison to Chipotle. There are not a million choices, only nine entrees, but with five different custom options and a few more add-ons, it will still take some time to figure out just what you want at that first visit.
There is no table service here, just like Chipotle. You go to the counter, look over the menu, order and find a table if you are dining it. Your selections are brought to your table.
Entrees start at $7.49 for the Chicken Teriyaki and Tofu Teriyaki, while Chicken Breast Teriyaki, Spicy Chicken, Orange Chicken, Chicken Katsu are $7.99. Beef Teriyaki is $8.99. You have your choice of bowl or plate (plate includes a fresh green salad or macaroni salad, for $1.50 more). The bowl comes with your choice of options white or brown and stir-fry veggies. Noodles and fried rice also are available for $1 more.
I opted for the Spicy Chicken (with brown rice) and stir-fry veggies. It was spicy as promised and the bowl was filled to top with good-tasting ingredients. Fountain drinks are $1.99 with free refills, so my lunch visit was about $10, plus tax.
Teriyaki Madness also features a combination plastic fork/chopsticks device, which is a fork on one end, and chopsticks on the other. The more conventional bamboo chopsticks also are available, as well as a plastic fork if you are not feeling ambitious.
Another thing that sets Terriyaki Madness apart from your normal chain restaurant, the Central Florida restaurants, including Kissimmee, are owned by the non-profit Brevard Achievement Center. Net proceeds from each of the area restaurants will be used to supplement the programs and services at the center, located in Rockledge. It serves people with disabilities.
In addition to the entrees, the Teriyaki Madness menu includes appetizers (Egg Roll, Chicken Potstickers, Krab Rangoon and Edamame; and Yakisoba Noodles, which look to be a meal in itself, and available in Chicken, Beef, Tofu and veggie options, starting at $8.99.
The youngster menu consists of Kids Bowl at $6.49, featuring kid-size portions of six of the regular bowl options. A fountain drink is included in the price.
Teriyaki Madness is located at 680 Centerview Blvd.
For more information, to call ahead, phone 407-530-5800. You can find the restaurant online at teriyakimadness.com.