Noodles and Company?
One of these is opening in our town in a couple of weeks. The menu posted on their website has many yummy-sounding dishes, and their nutritional profiles are generally excellent. Have any of you actually eaten there, though? I'd be interested to know if you think it's worth a visit.
I have given Noddles many tries because of the raves it has gotten from some of my coworkers. But I am sorry to tell you, every single time I eat there I want to bang my head on the table. The food is downright awful, especially for the ridiculous cost.
Their Thai Curry soup is pretty good. I thought their noodle dishes were pretty bad however. And it is kinda expensive for what you actually get.
If you're hungry and around one, it's not bad. But it's not particularly good either, and as another poster mentioned, it's not particularly cheap. I go occasionally for lunch when there are no better options, I usually have the pad thai and add tofu. It doesn't taste like pad thai, but it's not bad and it's (a little) more healthy than a 1200 calorie burrito from the Chipotle next door to it.
I haven't been there in several months so I don't know if it's gone up, but their Trio (entree w/meat plus a salad) used to be $6.95 which I thought was pretty good, comparable to a combo fast food meal. I liked the Japanese pan noodles and the curry noodle soup, and my kids love the mac & cheese. It's a good family place because of the counter service, fill-it-yourself drinks and no tipping.
I really want to like this place; it’s the kind of chow I crave a lot.... But I haven’t had very good luck there. Every time I’ve tried it, the noodles have been overcooked and gummy. The kind of thing where you put the fork in and all the food comes up in on clump. To be fair, I’ve always gotten it to go, and while it’s only about 5 or 10 minutes away, maybe it’s better if you eat in.
Of course, it’s always busy so maybe they’re better then I think. It could just be that I’ve had bad luck.....