I have recently become a huge fan of Noodles & Company, located at 2116 Green Hills Village Drive near the Mall at Green Hills. I’d never heard of the chain before, but I’m glad they’ve found a home in Nashville. My first thought was “How many ways can you prepare noodles? Big deal.” Well, apparently there are a variety of delicious ways, all nicely organized for you by American, Mediterranean, and Asian. I’ve been three times now, and I still have a tough time choosing what to order. So many bowls sound mouth-watering to me, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Along with noodles, you’ll find salads, soups, and sandwiches. Enough to keep you coming back for more without eating the same dish twice.
On my first visit, I had the Pad Thai with a side Caesar Salad. Noodles & Company has a great trio deal where you get a small bowl and can choose two more from soup, salad, or a protein. I chose shrimp with my Pad Thai. While you’ll find more authentic pad Thai in a Thai restaurant, the flavor was really good. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and were an excellent pairing with the pad Thai. There wasn’t a lot of sauce, which is the case for most of their bowls, but I grew to really like that.
The side Caesar was a nice portion. Even with the small bowl of noodles, it was a good-sized meal with the salad. The first Caesar I had was really good with just the right amount of dressing, but on another visit it had way too much and I couldn’t finish it.
My fellow diner, Denise, had the Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine with the Tomato Basil Bisque. She added meatballs for her protein and was nice enough to let me eat one. They are phenomenal! Not too greasy and full of flavor. The meatball sandwich is high on my list to try on my next visit. Denise enjoyed both the linguine and the bisque, reporting that the bisque was very tasty and not too heavy.
On my second visit, I had the Pesto Cavatappi on the recommendation of the cashier from my first visit. This is my favorite noodle bowl so far. I added shrimp again, but this time tried the house side salad. The cavatappi was served in this wonderful wine, cream sauce with garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, and parmesan. I had to refrain from picking the bowl up and licking it when I was finished. The shrimp was again cooked perfectly and a great addition to this bowl.
I didn’t care for the house side salad. It’s lettuce, a few chunks of tomato and cucumber, and a balsamic dressing. Too boring for my taste.
On my most recent visit, I chose the Pasta Fresca with chicken. I was tempted to add shrimp again, but thought I needed to change it up a bit. The chicken was cooked and seasoned very well, although I would prefer my chicken to be cut into bite-sized pieces instead of strips, call me lazy. You can choose between Parmesan and feta for this bowl, and I chose feta…with no regrets! This pasta is light, yet packs tons of flavor with the balsamic, white wine, red onions, tomatoes, and spinach.
I hope this post has you itching to try a noodle bowl for yourself. Well, you’re in luck! Thanks to the folks at Noodles & Company, I’m giving away 2 coupons each to 5 lucky readers! The coupons are good for one free bowl at Noodles & Company, valid at any Noodles & Company location.
To enter: Visit the Noodles & Company web site, then return here and leave a comment on this post telling me which item you’re most excited about trying. I’ll randomly choose five winners. This is the only requirement to enter the contest.
For up to three additional entries (please leave a separate comment for any of these you do):
- Follow So, How’s It Taste? and Noodles & Company on Twitter (if you’re already following, tell me)
- Like So, How’s It Taste? and Noodles & Company on Facebook (if you’re already liking, tell me)
- Tweet I just entered to win a free noodle bowl at @NoodlesCompany from @SoHowsItTaste! Enter here: http://bit.ly/mniLVi
I’ll randomly draw the winners on Saturday, June 4th at noon Central. Please make sure you leave a valid email address as an alternate winner will be chosen if I don’t hear from you within 48 hours. Good luck!
Congratulations to Rachel, Tonya, Shannon, Jill, and Denise! You are the lucky five! I hope you enjoy your Noodles & Company noodle bowls! (Winners were chosen using Random.org.)
Disclosure: Noodles & Company sent me free noodle bowl coupons, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.
I am interested in trying the pesto cavitappi.
I will be trying the Penne Rosa–it looks awesome 🙂
i also follow you both on FB
and I follow you both on Twitter
yay, good giveaway! i actually haven’t made it to noodles + co. yet but it’s on my to-try list. first up? either the indonesian peanut saute, the pesto cavatappi, or even the standard chicken noodle soup. =)
i follow you on twitter, of course!
I want to try the Indonesian Peanut SautÃ© with Shrimp. Yum!
I already follow both on twitter!
I like both on Facebook. 🙂
I am very interested in the Japanese Pan Noodles. I need to go soon, too. All the local vegans and vegetarians have been excited about Noodles and Company. Nice to see a place that subtly promotes meat-free dining. 🙂
I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/lesleyest/status/75947262886420480
butter noodles with meatbalss- yum!
The Japanese Pan noodles sound really good! I have to definitely try this place. Lady H LOVES her “noo-nuls” (that’s noodle in Lady H speak!!)
I like you and Noodles on FB!
I follow you and Noodles on Twitter!!
I follow you on FB
and twitter! 🙂
I’m going to be REAL honest, I didn’t check out the website only b/c you told me about the pesto. Pesto is one of my ALL TIME fav. sauces and I almost always try it first when going somewhere new and it’s on the menu. Thanks for doing this post, I work near the area and will have to go after one evening.
you guys are both officially liked on FB now
I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/abbeysez/status/75990762805936128
What I really want to try is the Pad Thai. Looks awesome. And I haven’t good really amazing Pad Thai in Nashville yet…
I would love to try the Bangkok Curry!!
I follow you on twitter!
& I tweeted!
I never been to that place..sound awesome!!! I love WHOLE GRAIN TUSCAN LINGUINE from their menu, look sooo good!!! Yum!
I follow you on twitter and Like on FB as well as Noodles & Company! What I great giveaway!!!I just twitted!!
I would love to try the Japanese Pan Noodles.
I’m starving just looking at your photos! Looks amazing! I will have to say the Bangkok Curry looks yummy.
Pasta Fresca…but with shrimp instead of chicken looks yummy!
The Penne Rosa sounds amazing! Fun giveaway 🙂
I’m trying to increase my chances, so I’m following Noodles on Twitter now (and I already follow you!).
…aaaand I liked them on Facebook (and already liked So How’s it Taste!).
I’m following Noodles on Twitter now…I already follow you!
Just tweeted for your contest!
I think I’m actually going to try the Butter Noodles next time I go to Noodles & Co.
I already “like” you & Noodles on FB!
I can’t wait to try the Pesto Cavatappi!!!
I love the mac & cheese, but the penne rosa looks fantastic!
I would love to try the Pad Thai – I’m getting hungry just reading about it!
And I follow you on Twitter 🙂
Not impressed….ordered the Indonesian peanut saute which promised that it had lots of veggies – the reality two very small bites of broccoli, a few small bites of carrot and if there is there was even one peanut in here I would be surprised. I guess that’s why it’s called “Noodles and Company” –because there is nothing else in the dishes. Very disappointed….the menu sounded so appealing