Noodles & Company
Carmel, IN and 150 other locations
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This chain is on fire. N&C started 13 years ago in Denver. The menu and N&C is divided by Asian, Mediterranean and American. There is a signature soup and salad for each division and about 4-5 noodle entrees.
What I Ate: Trio Japanese Pan Noodles/Sautéed Beef with Tomato Basil Bisque. $7.50
Japanese Pan Noodles are udon Noodles, soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, shitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame, and cilantro. Overall taste is pretty good. Well balanced, the noodles are tender and the veggies are crisp. The sauteed beef lacks taste, but it is very tender. It indicates spicy on the menu, but that must be just for kids. I like to add a little Saracha on it (pictured). Portion size seems a little smaller than the last time I remember, though it looks big in the picture.
Tomato Basil Bisque was passable. I thought that it was really salty and tasted like any out of the box Tomato Basil soup at your grocery store, except saltier.
Would I Buy It Again? Maybe. I had a coupon for buy an entrée get one free. For my wife and I, it was $9.75 total. At that price for the family, yes. At full price, my visits would be less frequent. However, it is kid friendly and they have Fresca on tap so you might see the WIBIA family there a little more in the future.
Abbreviated nutritional information is on the website. Japanese Pan Noodles 350 calories for a small, add beef about 200 calories. Dare I say somewhat healthy for a quick fast casual meal?