Thursday, May 9, 2013

Noodles & Company Celebrates Spring with Asparagus

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

I couldve used the pic I took with my phone, but this ones much better.
  • Noodles & Company
  • I could've used the pic I took with my phone, but this one's much better.
The folks over at Noodles & Company are celebrating spring right now with a limited-time menu that includes one of my favorite spring vegetables, asparagus. They invited me in to try the asparagus dishes a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say, I was impressed. There’s the asparagus stack, a Garden Pesto Saute (with gluten-free fusilli), and the Springtime Flatbread.

Asparagus is often way overcooked for my taste, but the asparagus stack (garnished with feta, but minus the bacon in my case) was perfectly cooked and still bright green and delicious when it arrived at my table. If you’re a real purist, though, simply ask for them to skip the toppings. The flatbread features asparagus, but also has mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and bacon, which can also easily be omitted. It’s a true flatbread and really very tasty. The highlight of my visit, though was the Garden Pesto Saute, which has a lemon and sweet basil pesto that is the perfect complement for the asparagus. And the fusilli was some of the best gluten-free pasta I’ve had. You wouldn’t know it’s GF by its taste and texture. The perfect accompaniment to all this asparagussy goodness was a Dasani Sensations Lime, one of the more than 120 flavors available in the restaurant’s Coca-Cola Freestyle drink machine. It was actually better than the Fanta Lime I had first.

The menu at Noodles & Company helpfully includes information about fat and calories by portion and whether or not an item is vegetarian (I love not having to ask). The vast majority of the base menu is vegetarian (many are even vegan) with options to add proteins such as pork (cooked sous vide with herbs) and organic tofu.

And though it’s not quite obvious from the name, Noodles & Company also serves salads, sandwiches and soups. Noodle dishes, though, are the main event, and many dishes can be served with rice noodles or whole-grain linguine. Really, just about everything on the menu (except the soups) is customizable in some way to accommodate dietary requests/restrictions. And everything but the sandwiches can even be ordered in two different sizes. Smaller sizes for smaller people (toddlers!) or two small sizes for the indecisive. I like these options.

There are two Noodles & Company locations in the area. Stop by and try them out. If asparagus isn’t your thing, I can also personally recommend the Truffle Mac and the Japanese Pan Noodles. There’s really something for everyone.

Noodles & Company
Green Hills
2116 Green Hills Village Drive

Cool Springs
995 Meridian Blvd

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