There was one last place I had to dine at before leaving Chicago. My brother told me about this fast food noodle restaurant, Noodles and Co. The theme of the restaurant is all things noodle or pasta from various regions. The food is not mind blowing but it’s pretty good, especially for a fast food chain restaurant. I had noodles on my mind and went to check this out. I went to the Chicago Lakeview location, at 2813 N Broadway St, between Clark and Diversey.
Their menu is divided into three categories: Asian, Mediterranean and American. The restaurant serves mainly noodle and pasta dishes, but also have a few soups, salads, and other side dishes. The place is very vegetarian friendly. Looking at the menu, most of the dishes are vegetarian or can be made vegetarian, with a few obvious exceptions. When you order your noodle or pasta dish, you can choose to add a choice of protein: braised beef, sauteed beef, chicken breast, parmesan chicken, sauteed shrimp, tofu, or meatballs. I walked up to the register and ordered a pad thai with organic tofu as my protein option and a serving of potstickers. They gave me a big plastic card with a cute picture and the number 28 and told me to take a seat at any table. I found a nice table and sat patiently waiting for them to bring my food to me.
The macaroni and meatball are so adorable! The restaurant’s atmosphere is like a super casual, modern, bright colored cafeteria. I like how they have a bottle of Sriracha hot sauce at every table. (Best spicy condiment ever!) The restaurant was very clean and the staff was very friendly.
Here’s my Pad thai with Organic Tofu. The basic pad thai contains napa cabbage, carrots, peanuts, scrambled egg, bean sprouts, lime, cilantro and rice noodles.
And here’s my side of potstickers
The food was pretty good and I had no complaints. It’s a very basic and simple pad thai that was just good enough to satisfy. The potstickers were decent, as well. Noodles and Co. would be a great place to go for a group of diners who are not sure of what kind of food to eat, but can agree on a common staple, noodles or pasta. I like how their menu is pretty healthy and their ingredients are fresh. The neatest thing is the fact that this place sells pad thai, curry, linguine, pesto, macaroni and cheese, and stroganoff all on the same menu. I really like the concept of the restaurant. Their website is cute and fun as well. They have many locations scattered across the US. There’s no location in New York. The closest Noodles and Co. would probably be in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC area.