Food on the Run: Noodles & Company

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/13/2009 6:00 AM   :  133 comments

Noodles & Company provides fresh wholesome and balanced meals at a predictable price in a fast friendly atmosphere.

You select your noodles from the Asian, Mediterranean or American fare. You can also select a protein to make your combination complete. They also offer smaller portion sizes in a package deal called the "trio" that allows you to select your noodles, protein and a side salad or soup.

Regardless of the selection or combination you make, the price is the same. How does this wholesome new approach to dining compare nutritionally?

Unfortunately this new approach to fast food dining is only in limited areas throughout 17 states and the D.C. area. I'm sure this is one chain that will begin to show up in more neighborhoods very soon. Even though there are not a lot of restaurants, I wanted to review it for our ongoing Food on the Run series so you could look one up and give it a try when you are traveling in the coming months.

Cautions to Consider

One of the biggest cautions for this fresh, wholesome, balanced restaurant is the large nutrient intake because of large portion sizes. All the regular size servings are high in most of the key nutrients we review and then when you add a protein to them – they can get quite high. One of my favorite dishes is the Penne Rosa with Shrimp. While it is made with healthy and fresh ingredients like mushrooms, tomato, spinach, olive oil, parsley and penne pasta, it also provides over 800 calories and 26 grams of fat largely because of the cream that is also included. It is delicious and healthy but takes a real bite out of my recommended intake for the day. Remember that our ongoing goal remains to select entrees that are around 250 calories and less than 10 grams of fat per serving. When having a complete meal, 350-500 calories with 10-15 grams of fat is a good guideline.

If you have allergies, you will want to use caution when visiting this restaurant. They use the Big Eight (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat) in their meals and cross contamination is highly likely. There are some lower sodium options but care must be taken as you combine to make a meal if you need to limit your sodium intake.

Noodles & Company

Asian

Japanese Pan Noodles - Small
Calories – 350
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 1080 mg
Carbohydrates – 66 grams
Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 10 grams

Pad Thai - Small
Calories – 350
Fat - 10 grams
Sodium – 920 mg
Carbohydrates – 59 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 6 grams

Bangkok Curry – Small
Calories - 250
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 430 mg
Carbohydrates – 42 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 5 grams

Thai Curry Soup – Small
Calories – 240
Fat – 10 grams
Sodium – 790 mg
Carbohydrates – 35 grams
Fiber – 2 grams
Protein – 0 grams

Chinese Chop Salad - Small
Calories – 150
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 180 mg
Carbohydrates – 11 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 3 grams

Mediterranean

Tomato Basil Bisque - Small
Calories – 210
Fat – 12 grams
Sodium – 1760 mg
Carbohydrate – 23 grams
Fiber – 7 grams
Protein – 0 grams

The Mediterranean Salad - Small
Calories – 150
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 480 mg
Carbohydrates – 19 grams
Fiber – 2 grams
Protein – 5 grams

American

Buttered Noodles - Small
Calories – 310
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 790 mg
Carbohydrates – 42 grams
Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 17 grams

House Marinara - Small
Calories – 330
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 360 mg
Carbohydrates – 53 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 13 grams

Chicken Noodle Soup
Calories – 300 (Small – 150)
Fat – 4 grams (Small – 2 grams)
Sodium – 2290 mg (Small – 1150 mg)
Carbohydrates – 44 grams (Small – 22 grams)
Fiber – 10 grams (Small – 5 grams)
Protein – 20 grams (Small – 10 grams)


Proteins

Seasoned Chicken Breast
Calories – 130
Fat – 2.5 grams
Sodium – 720 mg
Carbohydrates – 0 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 22 grams

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Calories – 190
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 620 mg
Carbohydrates – 17 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 17 grams

Braised Beef
Calories – 190
Fat – 10 grams
Sodium – 370 mg
Carbohydrates – 0 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 28 grams

Sautéed Beef
Calories – 210
Fat – 12 grams
Sodium – 480 mg
Carbohydrates – 0 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 25 grams

Sautéed Shrimp
Calories – 35
Fat – 0 grams
Sodium – 190 mg
Carbohydrates – 0 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 8 grams

Organic Tofu
Calories – 180
Fat – 11 grams
Sodium – 220 mg
Carbohydrates – 4 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 16 grams

Trio Side Salads & Soups

Caesar Salad
Calories –160
Fat – 14 grams
Sodium – 390 mg
Carbohydrates – 5 grams
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 5 grams

Tossed Green Salad
Calories – 60
Fat – 6 grams (can ask for fat free dressing also)
Sodium – 140 mg
Carbohydrates – 3 grams
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 1 gram

Tomato Basil Bisque
Calories – 130
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 1100 mg
Carbohydrates – 14 grams
Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 0 grams

Chicken Noodle Soup
Calories – 110
Fat – 1 gram
Sodium – 780 mg
Carbohydrates – 16 grams
Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 8 grams

Healthier Options to Try

Japanese Pan Noodle Trio with Shrimp, tossed green side salad with fat-free Asian Dressing
Calories – 415
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium - 1410 mg
Carbohydrates – 69 grams
Fiber – 6 grams
Protein – 19 grams

Bangkok Curry Noodle Trio with Shrimp, tossed green side salad with fat-free Asian Dressing
Calories – 310
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 760 mg
Carbohydrates – 45 grams
Fiber – 4 grams
Protein - 14 grams

Have you tried Noodles & Company? If so, what did you think? If not, is this an option you would try if you had the opportunity?




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Comments

  • 133
    I'm really glad to see this article. We'd been waiting (and waiting and waiting...) for a Noodles & Co to come here to Wichita - Finally. Dec. 17, 2010. I've had the trio both times and the place has been so overrun with people that I just ordered "to go", just in case we couldn't get seats. As a result, I didn't feel obligated to eat it all in one sitting - and even though portions are smaller in the "trio", it's still very filling. So I just took the rest home and ate it for another meal!! - 12/31/2010   3:24:45 AM
  • PIXIEDUST22
    132
    This post makes me so happy! I love Noodles and Co but have been avoiding it since starting to watch my diet because I assumed everything there was full of fat and calories - I am very happy to learn that there are some healthy options there, and the japanese pan noodles were already my favorite! - 11/30/2009   11:46:13 AM
  • 131
    I love Noodles and Co. I ate there all the time in college, but my area now doesn't have them! They are so good! - 6/27/2009   2:39:10 PM
  • 130
    I love Noodles & Co., but we unfortunately don't yet have it in Northeast Ohio. I've always loved the WI Mac & Cheese, but I think it's about time to branch out to other options! - 6/16/2009   12:47:13 PM
  • 129
    I've seen this place in town. Nice to know what it is! - 6/2/2009   6:34:45 PM
  • 128
    Thank you Thank you Thank you. I love this series of articles. I love Noodles & Company and my kids love it too. This is such a big help. - 5/18/2009   10:22:51 AM
  • 127
    We're doing some home renovation and Noodles & Co. is right next door to Lowe's - I ate there 3 times last week! :) I rarely eat out during the week, but with work and a construction zone house, it was a great option for something quick and yummy - and a good excuse to escape. Love the Bangkok Curry with Shrimp! and they have Fresca! - I don't know of any other restaurant with Fresca as a drink option. - 4/30/2009   10:18:55 AM
  • 126
    i agree, i totally love noodles!! i usually get the small mac and cheese with regular chicken... mmmmm now i want to go there soon! haha. it's my favorite meal to go "out and treat myself" without actually being too naughty! haha. i also really like the pad thai, but the sodium on that one is a lot higher so i don't get it often. - 4/28/2009   11:11:56 PM
  • 125
    When I read this article just a few weeks ago, it didn't mean much to me, but now I found out we are getting Noodles&Company this summer. I hadn't plan on trying it because it is taking the place of a long time business, but after re-reading the article, it may be too healthy not to try and the price sounds about right. - 4/26/2009   8:14:02 PM
  • 124
    This is one of my favorite places to eat on the go! Great to know it's not too terribly horrible for us! - 4/23/2009   8:43:12 PM
  • 123
    I've never heard of this place, so I'm guessing it's not around where I live.
    - 4/22/2009   10:20:18 PM
  • 122
    I don't think we have this restaurant near us, but it sounds good and I would like to try it. - 4/22/2009   6:06:55 AM
  • 121
    I wish they used the Tofu noodles rather than pasta noodles - much better and way lower in calories (20 calories per serving!) - 4/19/2009   3:11:35 PM
  • 120
    OMG, I LOVE Noodles!!!! I usually get the Penna Rosa, or the Whole Grain Tuscan Fettuccine, both with Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast!!!! The prices are so reasonable....And if I want to reward myself, I get the rice krispy. :) - 4/17/2009   12:15:29 PM
  • 119
    I like Noodles and Company quite a bit. While I prefer the mac and cheese, I try to make it healthier by adding some broccoli and mushrooms. I also save half of it (even when having the "small" size) for another meal. - 4/17/2009   11:11:20 AM
  • 118
    I love Noodles& Company. My daughters love eating there, and I always know I can get a healthy meal if I choose to go along. My favorite is the Tomato Basil Bisque with the Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Yum! - 4/17/2009   2:11:03 AM
  • CRISPV
    117
    I'm so glad Noodles turned out to be so healthy! I absolutely LOVE the Japanese Pan Noodles! - 4/16/2009   9:37:13 PM
  • BELLABEAN04
    116
    We have them here in WI and I LOVE it:) My favorite is the Japanese Pan Noodle Trio with shrimp and tossed green salad with fat free asian dressing. It's low in calories and very filling. - 4/16/2009   7:08:21 PM
  • 115
    As far as I know, this food chain hasn't made it to the New England area yet. Not sure I need to add this to my repertoire, though. - 4/16/2009   11:17:41 AM
  • 114
    I've seen this restaurant everywhere around the DC area, but I've never been. Thanks for this, I will try one of these options one day. - 4/16/2009   9:19:57 AM
  • 113
    I freaking LOVE Noodles!!! Usually any place I dine out there's one thing that I get each time I go there. Noodles is the only place where I have a hard time deciding what to order!!! - 4/16/2009   9:19:36 AM
  • 112
    I wonder how the calories were calculated for the tofu? From what I understand, tofu comes in at about 20 calories per ounce. On a recent visit to Noodles I was told the portion size for tofu was 3 ounces which would equal 60 calories, not 180. Have I been eating more calories than I thought? ! - 4/16/2009   7:40:25 AM
  • 111
    Too funny- my husband came home and said "they are opening this new restaurant called Noodles & Co- I want to try it"...as I'm reading this blog...
    So yes- we'll be going! - 4/15/2009   9:04:43 PM
  • 110
    I LOVE noodles. it's the best and I don't have to worry about as many sabotages as my other favorite place, chipotle. - 4/15/2009   1:32:19 PM
  • 109
    I love Noodles! I like to get the Med Salad with seared chicken. Go to their website and sign up for their e-club. You'll get free noodles on your birthday! Yum! - 4/15/2009   1:20:46 PM
  • BRANDIEY1
    108
    I would love to try this place, I'll have to see if we have any here in Southern California. - 4/15/2009   11:33:39 AM
  • SHELLYS09
    107
    I would try Noodles & Co if I didn't have any other healthy food options on the road. Most of their dishes are very high in sodium which doesn't help the waist line or blood pressure. I would eat there but would want to see the sodium and calorie count of their options prior to choosing what to eat. - 4/15/2009   11:33:07 AM
  • 106
    There is one in Kansas City, but I have not tried it yet. I need to find out if they have any good vegan dishes. - 4/15/2009   11:08:20 AM
  • SUZIEWE
    105
    i never heard of this place, but would like to try the place out... - 4/15/2009   10:58:21 AM
  • 104
    I love it!!! It is about a mile walk from my work and I go every Friday! I get the whole wheat tuscan linguine, which wasn't on here but it isn't too bad for you, I think the sodium is the problem but you just adjust for the rest of the day. - 4/15/2009   10:57:53 AM
  • KLCMBAT
    103
    Noodles and Co is a big favorite of ours! The nutritional info on the website is fantastic!!! It makes it really easy to plan a meal out . We have one in Bloomington, IL. An hour away, but we go there as often as possible! - 4/15/2009   10:51:37 AM
  • 102
    I LOVE Noodles and Company. I recently discovered it. The Bankok Curry is my favorite, so far. My husband will not eat there, though, because they cannot tell him wether there is MSG in the food or not. (He has a sensitivity to it.) - 4/15/2009   10:48:47 AM
  • HUMMINGBIRD1951
    101
    Noodles oh my, I love noodles for lunch, dinner and anywhere in between,I have never heard of this place. I would like to try one of these days. I also like the stuff potato place, in the Peoria Mall in Illinois. Come to think of it I best not go. I don't know if I can pass up the white sauce. :o( - 4/15/2009   8:45:52 AM
  • ANNIEMARIE6
    100
    We don't have a Noodles and Company in NH, but I wish we did I would love to try it. I went to my first Japanese restaurant in Florida aqnd I just loved it. - 4/15/2009   5:03:17 AM
  • 99
    Not familiar with this place. I do love to eat at the Japanese Restaurants in Pensacola. Loved grilled salmon and salad with ginger dressing. - 4/15/2009   12:49:33 AM
  • CLAWW855
    98
    I love this place!! - 4/14/2009   10:20:46 PM
  • 97
    I love this restaurant and am pleased that several are now open in my area. Thanks for posting some new trios to try. Although I don't eat seafood, I see some viable chicken options for me. My challenge at Noodles (and other restaurants) is the high sodium content of most entrees. I love the tomato basil bisque! I often go past 2300 mg of sodium on any day that I eat out. - 4/14/2009   9:59:03 PM
  • 96
    I don't have one where I live, but would try it if one came close by. Sounds good! - 4/14/2009   7:13:27 PM
  • 95
    Presently there are none around where I live. It sounds healthy so I probably would give it a try given a chance. - 4/14/2009   5:24:34 PM
  • AVERYZOR
    94
    The only problem that I have is with the sodium amount. What do you recommend for someone who also needs help with limiting salt intake? Anyone can answer. - 4/14/2009   5:16:38 PM
  • 93
    Noodles and Company is a great place to eat. We have several here in Madison, WI, but I never realized that the selections were so low in calories. Thanks for sharing the information. I will go there more often now and choose the lower calorie options. - 4/14/2009   4:18:20 PM
  • BLUEMYBABY
    92
    I love to eat at this restaurant. We don't have one where I live, however, whenever I visit my daughter in Minneapolis I try to make sure to get there. Thanks for sharing this information. - 4/14/2009   2:00:36 PM
  • 91
    I've never heard of this restaurant but looked for my closet location and will visit next time I'm in Charlotte. I think I'd really like the food, just hope I don't choose the wrong thing! - 4/14/2009   1:55:06 PM
  • SMILENKNIGHT
    90
    Loved the food there, my wife and I were looking for a healthy place to eat and found it nice. - 4/14/2009   1:09:05 PM
  • MICKEY2323
    89
    I tried it an liked it. I have learn to stay away from the white cream like alfredo sauce and do olive oil with garlic choices - 4/14/2009   1:06:10 PM
  • 88
    Thanks! I seee one is about to open in the Mall of America. I love pasta and make it once or twice a week. The Asian trio would be delightful to enjoy. - 4/14/2009   12:27:45 PM
  • WINTRLWOLF
    87
    Great place to eat - 4/14/2009   12:12:35 PM
  • 86
    Sounds yummy, but we don't have anything like that around here. I've made angel hair pasta with quick stir-fried shrimp with garlic, tomatoes, spinach, and a drizzle of olive oil - yummy! (and who needs cream sauce on anything? Not me! I'm a Sparker!) - 4/14/2009   11:48:37 AM
  • CHICKFORCHRIST
    85
    Some of this food sounds yummy and like something that you could make at home and take for lunch at work. - 4/14/2009   11:41:44 AM
  • ATLAONTHESHORE
    84
    Thanks so much for this article! I adore Noodles & Co., but I haven't even thought about trying it since I've changed my eating habits. When I'm in a pinch for time, it's always Subway, which gets boring. I tend to go for the Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine with seasoned chicken breast, so I'll probably switch it up, since I do like the Japanese Pan noodles. I guess I'll skip that ciabatta roll, though. ;) - 4/14/2009   11:31:06 AM

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