Truffle Mac and Cheese
Thai Curry Soup
Japanese Pan Noodles
Penne Rosa with Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
If you haven't stuffed yourself silly on your noodle journey around the globe, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with their signature krispies or cookies.
Noodles & Company is a welcome addition to the strip of Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park that I often refer to as the "restaurant wasteland."
Second Thoughts from B
In the beginning, there was food. And the food was fresh. And then someone created the frozen meal and powerful preservatives, and today's fast food chain was born. Now the pendulum has swung back to grandma's garden fresh fare, accompanied by the condemnation of the places we all grew up loving as kids.
I understand the backlash, but I also miss the fried flavorfest found at every drive-through in the country. After all, we both love McDonald's enough to make it out Valentine's Day tradition. Unlike some people, I don't think that McDonalds & Company is the devil. But I don't want to be eating there multiple times a week either. As I get older (debatable if this means more mature or just slower metabolism), I just can't drop 8000 calories a day like I could in high school. That's why I'm excited that the health conscious fast casual restaurant concept is emerging.
Blending the convenience, affordability, appeal, and menu options of many fast food restaurants with an eye towards healthful living is a business model I can embrace. Admittedly, Noodles & Company doesn't make their noodles or sauce in house, but it was surprising how much consideration went in to buying from local producers, using seasonal ingredients, and cooking food to order. The fact that Chef Tessa was originally a dietitian and that the company is based in the very active state of Colorado comes through loud and clear.
So while I will always love the frozen and then fried McNuggets that may or may not be chicken, it is nice to have the same convenience in a more guiltless form. I'll never turn my nose up at my old friends Ronald, Grimace, and the Hamburglar, but it's good to have options like Noodles & Company.