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Jan 21, 2013 05:28 AM

Noodles & Co. coming to East Brunswick

Slated to open in May in the former Baja Fresh location, which probably means October. It's a chain, but at least one not easily found. Closest locations are Wilmington DE and Hartford CT.

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  1. Thanks for the info eb! Something different would be nice.

    Just don't look at the nutritional info on their website. Most of the things I might order are over 1000 calories for a regular serving and even on the lower cal items, most are over 1000 mg of sodium or more.

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    1. This looks like the height of mediocrity. No wonder they are in Hartford and Wilmington. A place that serves mac & cheese, meatballs and spaghetti, pad thai and Japanese noodles must be catering to the lowest common demoninator. Why would anyone eat there when there are so many asia and and Italian restaurants in Mddlesex county.

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      1. re: BigGeorge

        Wife and kid will probably love it. I can't eat gluten.. already crossed off MY list. :)

        That space certainly got filled fast! Former site of Pollo Tropical still remains empty, though.

        1. re: MarlboroMan

          Well it's been my experience when you see a move like this....the lease was coming due....Baja didn't want to pay the new rent....the landlord let them stay under the old terms until he got the space rented at his price.

        2. re: BigGeorge

          If it wasn't East Brunswick I'd agree, but chain restaurants seem to thrive there.

          1. re: ebchower

            Got there at 5. Line around the building to the back. 4 year old decided she was hungry for pancakes instead of noodles. Wife didn't want to wait estimated 40 minutes, so instead of a free meal (free entree + soft drink), we spent $30 at IHOP across the street.

            Noodles menu is intriguing though, and I like the gluten free options. I will be back after the fervor has died down.

            1. re: MarlboroMan

              I got there prior to 11 this morning and was fourth or fifth in line. Had the "Wisconsin" Mac & Cheese. It was decent, but I found myself quickly reaching for the pepper grinder to give it a flavor boost. Some of the other entrees looked worth giving a try.

          2. They're supposedly opening a bunch in NJ by next year. I'm actually looking forward to trying them, as I loved Wild Noodles, which now appears to be erased from everyone's memory, but they had a virtually identical concept and very similar menu.

            Hope this place is decent and fares better.

            1. I gotta tell you, for those that have a feel for me by now, you should know I'm not impressed easily. I'm also not a big "fast food" fan. I was driving around aimlessly trying to decide what to do for lunch (I was in the mood for a good soup) and I passed this place on 18. I saw the sign Noodle and Co. and figured, they must have soup!!

              First the place is aesthetically pleasing, very open, very clean very nice space. The menu is pretty direct, a dozen pasta dishes, half a dozen sandwiches/wraps and a few soups. Some other starters and sides which I didn't pay particular attention to.

              They say their "signature soup" is good ole' chicken noodle, when your in a soup mood, you can't go wrong with chicken noodle. The worse case scenario is it's a canned version but that was ok with me. For my lunch I decided to go middle of the road and try their Pad Thai. You order at a counter they give you a number to place on the table and they bring your food to the table.

              I ordered an un-sweetened ice tea as a beverage, as I'm not a big soda guy. Although they had fresh brewed tea dispensers, they had the most sophisticated, space age, soda dispensing system I have ever seen. Like a child I had to play with it. It has a touch screen computer monitor with all the beverage choices available, which numbered easily in the two dozen range. You select your primary beverage, then it gives you the sub selection of available flavors etc. You then make your selection hit the pour button and out comes your soda. (I opted for a root beer, but played with other options just to check it out. lol)

              Less than a 5 minute wait and the waitress brought out my soup and pad thai. The soup was homemade, and very tasty. I added a lil spicy thai cilli sauce to it to give it a little kick, but the soup alone was a very good chicken noodle. Hearty with the noodles veggies and chicken pieces.

              The pad thai was very good as well. I'm not going to say the best I've ever had, but certainly far from the worst. It was all "fresh" too, not microwaved, as demonstrated by the few crisp noodles from sticking to the pan or wok a few minutes too long.

              Soup was a nice cup sized and the pad thai was a decent lunch size portion, along with the unlimited beverage refill's at $8. and change you really can't beat the value either.

              They even clear the plates between courses, removing my soup bowl once finished. All in all a very pleasant surprise from a place that seemed a little gimmicky upon my initial observations and other comments made in this thread. I'm actually glad I didn't' remember this thread because it probably would have turned me off from trying it, which I am now very glad I did.

              If you find yourself in the area I do suggest it for a nice alternative to the normal burger etc. fast food places. I will be back!

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              1. re: jrvedivici

                I have eaten there a few times now, my daughters like it. The Thai curry soup is excellent, sometimes I just let my daughters eat, and then order the $1 side soup portion, and it really gets my taste buds going.

                The Pad Thai is ok, but the indonesian peanut noodles are even better, with a little bit of spice to it and I think some curry. For Pad Thai, the best I have ever had is at River Thai in South River.

                1. re: jracpa

                  I had those Indonesian peanut noodles, and I was surprised by how spicy they were. Also, the portion was very generous. I had the tomato basil soup, and thought it to be very good, considering I really couldn't taste anything that day. Looking forward to going back now that I have my sense of smell and taste back. :)

                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                    One of my daughters gets the Penne Rosa, and the tomato type sauce on it also has a nice spice to it. It is always easy to criticize chain restaurants, the do fit the bill at certain times, and this place lets me get a pretty decent curry fix when I need it.

                    1. re: jracpa

                      I wanted to try the Thai curry soup, but several bad experiences with Indian food, has left me very apprehensive of curry.

                2. re: jrvedivici

                  I've often stopped on 18 at various pizzerias for a spinach salad. Lately I've been opting for the Noodles rendition. Those space age soda machines are popping up at a number of places.

                  1. re: ebchower

                    That is another feature at Noodles. It used to be that I would only see these machines in the Atlanta area. Now they are popping up here and there in NJ. Moe's also has them.

                    1. re: jracpa

                      It's the first time I have ever seen one. It's pretty funny when you think about it, I'm 43 yo, and soda dispensers haven't really changed since I can remember as a child. This is like the moon landing in technological advancement in soda dispensing! Lol

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Here's a locator if you want to find other restaurants that have it. Seems like they are becoming standard at Burger King.


                        1. re: ebchower

                          lol thanks EB. That's kind of funny, while I enjoyed the updated technology I'm pretty sure it's not going to weigh in on my decision where I want to eat.

                          Actually while moving my daughter into college this weekend, I noticed the first digital snack vending machine, very similar in nature to this.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            The most low tech snack vending I've encountered was a guy who supplied offices with a box of various snacks with a slot to put money in that he later collected. He discontinued our service after finding the box both empty of snacks and money on more than one occasion. One of those business ideas that sounds good, but hard to execute.