Friday, June 28, 2013

Noodles & Company

Mr. K and I have eaten at Noodles & Company several times and I’ve posted about some of those visits. It’s quick, with reasonable prices, and very convenient when we are at the UTC mall.

Recently, we were invited to come preview their new menu items, and given our enjoyable past experiences, we decided to accept the invitation.

Garden Pesto Saute

My previous go-to favorite has been the pesto cavatappi, but I loved this new pesto dish even more. I was really surprised that this dish uses gluten free noodles. They were light and bouncy and I couldn’t tell at all that they were gluten-free. This dish is like a warm salad. It’s not too heavy and a good meal option, especially with the hot weather.

Ours was served with their parmesan crusted grilled chicken. I’ve never had the chicken here and really enjoyed it. The parmesan crust gave the chicken a slightly crispy exterior and a good flavor but didn’t taste too heavy. We will definitely be opting for the parmesan chicken addition next time we visit.

Springtime Flatbread

I think they now have a summertime flatbread, which is similar but with some different toppings. I actually wasn’t as big of a fan of this one. I thought the bread tasted like pita bread rather than the flatbreads I enjoy. Mr. K enjoyed it though and polished off the whole plate.

Asparagus stack

This was a pretty simple side dish. Lightly cooked asparagus, topped with feta cheese and bacon. It’s a good healthier side option, especially if you omit the cheese and bacon.

We also got to try some of their more popular dishes

Japanese pan noodles

I enjoyed the stir fried udon noodles and the steak option we added. My biggest issue though was that it was way too salty. If it wasn’t for the sodium issue, this would have been one of my favorites.

Garlic bread

Thick cut slices of bread, topped with melted cheese and served with a side of marinara sauce. This was pretty tasty.

Pesto Cavatappi

Still one of my favorites, though like I mentioned above, I prefer the new Garden Pesto. It was topped with raised pork, which I also haven’t tried. I really liked it. The shredded pork was nice and moist.

Wisconsin Macaroni & Cheese

I thought this was too watery and wasn’t creamy and cheesy enough. We prefer the truffle mac and cheese here which is Mr. K’s favorite.

We had a good time here and liked sampling some of the new seasonal dishes and crowd favorites. The service is always friendly when we visit, the food comes out fast. If you dine in, you can play around with their soda machine which has a million drink options. From this meal, we especially liked the pesto garden topped with parmesan chicken and will be getting that one again for sure.

Please note, as indicated above, we were invited to come preview these dishes and our meal was complimentary. I was not paid for this review and my opinion, as always, are my own.

Noodles & Company
4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122-1212
(858) 558-8511
http://www.noodles.com/

 

 

2 Responses to “Noodles & Company”

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    KY — June 28, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    My favorite dish there is the Pesto Cavatappi too. However, I haven’t been to a Noodles in a months, so i didn’t know there were new options! I’m definitely going to check out the Garden Pesto soon!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 28th, 2013 @ 9:10 am

      Yes definitely try the garden pesto! I really enjoyed the gluten free fusilli noodles they use in it. The overall dish tastes healthier and lighter but it’s still very flavorful.

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