A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the new Noodles & Company in Franklin. My mother and I did some shopping at the Wrentham Outlets and then headed up one exit off 495 to refuel with some delicious noodle bowls! Newer to the New England area, Noodles & Company offers a little something for everyone– from Penne Rosa to Bangkok Curry! Started in 1995, with the mission of serving fresh food fast, the company now has 472 restaurants in 35 different states!
As soon as you walk in the door, you see a large menu with all of the different options. You choose your dish and which type of protein you would like– you can choose from naturally raised pork, parmesan-crusted chicken breast, grilled chicken breast, marinated steak, sautéed shrimp, oven-roasted meatballs, or organic tofu. There are regular and small size bowls.
There are also a number of tasty soups, salads, and appetizers that you can pair with your noodle bowl. We tried the potsticker with lunch, and they were DELICIOUS! My mother chose the Bangkok Curry with organic tofu, and I opted for the Indian Peanut Sauté with organic tofu.
We both LOVED our meals. I was impressed with the portion size and the freshness of the vegetables in the dish– all dishes are made to order and it shows! 🙂
What really sold me on Noodles & Company is how kid-friendly it was. Each child receives a large activity mat with crayons to keep them occupied. The kids’ meal choices are not your standard chicken nuggets and hot dogs. While macaroni and cheese is on the kids menu, it’s not the kind you find in a box! Each kids meal comes with an Honest Kids beverage or Horizon milk.
We had my youngest (18 months) along with us, and he went for the grilled chicken breast with dipping marinara. Kids can choose from a variety of healthy sides– we went for broccoli and fruit. I was quite pleased when W’s plate arrived with the chicken cut up into perfect bite sized pieces, fresh steamed broccoli (also cut to the right size) and fresh strawberries. He loved it!
Other reasons to love Noodles & Company include their invitation to adjust your dish as you wish–don’t like a certain ingredient in the meal? They will happily leave it out. They have menu options for everyone, whether it’s vegan or gluten-free!
To learn more about Noodles and Company, and to find a location near you, click HERE.