February 21, 2018

Noodles & Company

The tag line for Noodles & Company is “Noodles, Salads & Sandwiches from around the world.”  The restaurant serves up a variety of comforting food that ranges from healthy, leaner fare to the indulgent with its mac ‘n cheese dishes. Each dish is around $7.  I was invited to test out their grown-up macaroni & cheese at my nearest location and here is what I found.

I have been to a Noodles & Company before and had always stuck to the same food genre- Thai.  I love it, it’s simple with complex flavors and can be a bit healthier than a bowl full of macaroni and cheese or other pasta dishes.  I feel like if the place is called Noodles & Company then that is what I am going to have when I eat there.

This time I brought a friend and we tried the Chili Mac and the Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger.  My first thought was that it sounded a lot like a boxed one dish meal.  However, each dish is topped with a large amount of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, green onions and more.  The green onions adds zip and is the best part of both dishes, I think.  The crispy bacon on the Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger is perfect too.  Both dishes are pure comfort food.  They are substantial in flavor and fill you up.  Great for a cold or rainy day and for sharing.  The Chili Mac is loaded with red chili meatballs that are crumbled over the cheesy pasta that is al dente and not mushy and overdone.  The kick in this dish is spot on and the combination of cheddar-jack cheese and green onions kept me coming back for more forkfuls.

I don’t normally think of going to Noodles & Company when I am out because my closest location is not in a path I typically travel but I think after trying more of the menu I will head over there now for a nice change.  The kids loved the place and the staff was friendly each time I have gone.  It’s casual and a good place to grab a bite, catch up with a friend and take the kids. They also have a nice variety of Vegan and Gluten-Free options.

MPR Rating:  Three Stars.

Disclaimer:  MPR was not paid for this post.  Meals were given by Noodles & Company for review purposes only.  Opinions are MPR’s own.