Noodles & Company

Been waiting forever for this place to finally open. They have several locations, but I’ve never been to Noodles & Company, so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was an Asian noodle place, and boy was I wrong – well, sorta.

It’s a fast food noodle place where you choose your main dish, regular ($5.89) or small size (just under $5), and then you have the option of adding meat (because almost none of the dishes come with meat, except the uniquely priced items) or a side. After adding a meat, the price of the dish essentially equals the price of one of the uniquely priced dishes, so it’s actually not as cheap as it seems unless you’re a vegetarian.

I was disappointed by the options. I expected more. The selection also seemed very random. They have Asian dishes like Pad Thai, Spicy Korean Beef Noodles, and Bangkok Curry. They also have Italian dishes like Penne Rosa, Pesto Cavatappi, and Spaghetti & Meatballs. I felt very confused and unsure of what to order. I had a Small Alfredo MontAmore (spaghetti noodles, Alfredo, roasted mushrooms, tomato, spinach, and Parmesan chicken, $7.49). The chicken was too salty, but the rest tasted alright. Portion size was perfect. Also sampled a Regular Pad Thai ($5.89) with Shrimp ($2.99 extra) plus a side of Thai Curry ($1.50). The rice noodles in the Pad Thai should have been cooked longer. The eggs were very ribbon-like in texture, which made the dish look different than typical Pad Thai. The Thai Curry was bland, except for the mushrooms. The aromatic scent was there, but not the flavor. It was as if all the flavor had absorbed into the small slices of mushroom and nothing else. Very small bowl.

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Alfredo MontAmore

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Thai Curry

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Pad Thai

It’d be awesome to be able to customize your order, like a noodle version of Subway or Chipotle, but overall, not bad for a fast food noodle place.

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