Noodles & Company
4545 La Jolla Village Dr
San Diego, CA 92122
http://www.noodles.com/

It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten in the food court of the UTC mall. It’s something I used to do a lot as a student, but the food court pretty much lost all appeal in the last few years.

I’d heard that there are a few new options now available at the food court, including a place called Noodles & Company. Then last month they sent me a coupon for a free entree.

I had been planning on checking it out for weeks, but never got around to it. The coupon was about to expire, so while doing some Christmas shopping this past weekend, I stopped in to redeem my free entree. Since we had already eaten lunch, we just chose an entree to go.

Noodles & Company is a chain restaurant that offers noodles “from around the world.” They offer a selection of noodles under “Mediterranean,” “Asia,” and “America.”

I asked BF what he wanted and he chose pad thai. I had a feeling the pad thai wouldn’t be good. The fact that BF chose it only reinforced that feeling (It’s long been established that BF is really bad at choosing dishes at restaurants and will always choose something bad from the menu. He often calls me from restaurants I haven’t even visited before to help him decide what to eat when I’m not with him.) But I have to confess, I was really curious as to what their version of pad thai would taste like even though I didn’t think it would be good. So we went ahead and ordered it.

The quantity was a decent size. At first glance, things looked right. They used flat rice noodles, the sauce was brownish orange color, and there was a fried egg on top.

After I bit into it, I realized the “fried egg” was actually a big piece of grilled chicken which they hadn’t sliced up properly. The chicken had obviously been cooked separately and not with the noodle dish. I thought the chicken was salty and pretty tasteless.

As for the noodle dish…I don’t know how they got the sauce to resemble the pad thai sauce because this dish did not taste like pad thai at all. I don’t like to be too harsh in my reviews because I know everyone has different tastes, but I did not enjoy this dish. Neither did BF. It was pretty much the worst pad thai I’ve ever eaten. I believe I’ve had slightly more believable version made by the students at the UCSD dining halls back when I was a student.

Maybe we’ll be back some other time to try the other dishes. I heard a few good things about the mac n cheese.

   

7 Responses to “Noodles & Company”

  1. Niki — December 9, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I love Noodles & Co. I don’t like pad thai in general so I can’t comment on that, but their mediterranean options, like the pasta fresca or whole grain tuscan linguine, I love. And yes, the mac and cheese with the parmesean crusted chicken and broccoli added, yum. I don’t much like the plain chicken, but the parm crusted one is way better flavored. And I like that you can substitute whole grain linguine in any of the dishes b/c it is made to order.
    For fast food, it is good and hello, rice krispies treats as big as your head? yum!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 9th, 2010 @ 9:23 am

      Thanks for the recommendations. Yeah, I realize it’s fast food so I’m not expecting too much. I’ll try one of the other dishes next time. There’s a lot more Christmas shopping to be done, so I’ll have many more opportunities to grab a bite to eat there.

  2. Faye — December 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    There’s always a long line for this place. I don’t understand why. Your pad thai dish looked so sad. But hey, it was free so yes! I think it’s funny how the bf always orders the worst dishes on the menu!

    Nice post :)

  3. caninecologne — December 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    hi kirbie,
    that pad thai looked awful. i like the stroganoff at noodles. their mac and cheese is pretty good too. their pan fried udon noodles are okay – kinda sweet but i like the texture of the udon noodles. they used to have a noodles and co in east chula vista but it closed a few years ago. went to the one in point loma recently and liked it.

  4. Mary — December 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I had a coupon for a free entree for my birthday, but I never went. I kept meaning to go but just never got around to it. I’ll try it someday, but I’ll be sure to not get the pad thai!

  5. Liz — December 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Aww… a little harsh on BF. The noodles do look … ehh. Surprisingly Pick up Stix has some decent pad thai although americanized.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 10th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

      Interesting. I don’t usually eat at Pick up stix, but if I do, I’ll try the pad thai.

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