There’s nothing I love more than a bowl of noodles! Probably because it’s the first meal I ever learned to cook, which consisted of plain spaghetti noodles boiled and cooked, topped with Kraft Parmesan cheese. No sauce, no other cheese, nothing else…just Parmesan. You’d think that might be a bit dry, but it didn’t turn me away. I ate this stuff for years! Clearly, I was not the health nut that I am now. Yet, a few years ago, when I found out about my gluten sensitivity, I thought my noodle days were over. But luckily, I came across Tinkyada brown rice pasta, and I was saved! From that point on, I was set at home, but trying to have noodles out at a restaurant? Not a chance.
But then I found Noodles & Company, a fast-casual style restaurant similar to Chipotle where you choose your type of noodle, sauce, and add-in (meat, tofu, or veggies) to create one delicious and fresh meal. Now, although they are famous for dishes like “Buttered Noodles” and “Wisconsin Mac and Cheese,” there are a few options for vegans and gluten-free followers alike. They are also very allergy-aware and fully disclose all possible allergy ingredients on their website, which is great if you have a very limited gluten-free, vegan diet like mine.
My delicious Noodles & Company dish!
Take one look at their nutritional/allergen chart, and you can see that if you have a gluten allergy, there is not much you can eat there other than their rice noodles (or “Pad Thai” as it’s recognized on the chart). Granted their salads, and meats are gluten-free too.
If you’re vegan, there are few options for you too: “Japanese Pan Noodles”, “Indonesian Peanut Saute”, “Pasta Fresca” (no cheese), “Penne Rosa” (no cream or cheese), “Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine” (no cream or cheese), and my personal favourite: “Spaghetti” (with no cheese). Don’t feel like looking at the nutritional chart? Check out this page for their “sorter”, where you can sort the dishes by dietary styles…such as “watching fat,” “watching gluten,” or “vegan.” this makes it much easier!
So as I said, the “Spaghetti” is my all-time favourite, but if I’m ever feeling adventurous, I might maybe try mixing and matching some of the veggies of the other dishes listed above with rice noodles and seeing what I get! By the way, I’ll sometimes take some vegan “Parmesan” with me to really add to that “Parmesan Noodle” dish of my youth- he he! ( :
I’m one noodle-loving green girl!
On top of delicious, fresh, made-to-order food, their prices are rocking as well, with a “Regular Bowl” costing $5.60 and a “Small Bowl” at $4.50. Add water to drink, and you’ve got yourself a great meal under $6! Sweet! Curious about other prices? Check out their full menu here.
Unfortunately, at present, Noodles & Company doesn’t have many locations across the US. You can click here to find the closest near you and if there isn’t one near your city or state, put it on your list of places to stop on your next road trip!
My neighbourhood Noodles & Company.
Want more specifics about my order? I say, “Can I have a Regular Size bowl of spaghetti with RICE NOODLES and NO CHEESE.” Now back when I was pregnant, I got the Regular Size bowl, and I figured once I had Avery, I’d drop back down to a Small Size bowl, but now I still get a Regular size bowl…sometimes I just have a little bit to take home with me.
I don’t have a problem polishing off a regular-size bowl!
So that’s how I eat gluten-free, vegan at Noodles & Company. Have you ever been there? What did you think about it? Or do you have any other favourite restaurants where you can eat gluten-free, vegan at? Post below! I’d love to hear about them! ( :