Read this article to find out how to eat gluten-free at Noodles & Company.
As a mom with two young kids, I don’t fine dine much as evident by this post about a family favorite fast-casual restaurant, Noodles & Company (“Noodles”). We love going to Noodles because everyone is happy there, even the celiac mom! It’s a place I know we can all get a good meal, for a reasonable price, and everyone will be happy.
There are plenty of ways to be gluten-free at Noodles & Company, you’ll just want to make sure you have a conversation with the cashier or ask for the manager so they get your order right. Also consult the Noodles & Company website for nutritional information.
I highly recommend the gluten-free fusilli at Noodles & Company. For those of you who know me, you know I miss eating noodles. It was a staple in my pre-celiac diet. Now I can’t stand most gluten free noodles and avoid them as much as possible.
However, I really do enjoy the gluten-free fusilli noodles at Noodles & Company. They have a great texture and taste unlike most grainy gluten-free noodles. Kudos Noodles for getting this right!
You can order the gluten-free fusilli noodles with many of the dishes including Penne Rosa, Pasta Fresca (my favorite), Pesto Cavatappi and more.
The Pad Thai dish is made with a different gluten-free noodles – a rice noodle – and requires no modifications either. Please note there is an upcharge when you order the gluten-free fusilli – add $1.50 to any regular dish and $1.00 to a small dish.
I always like a protein, so I usually order the beef even though I prefer the chicken. The chicken is prepared in the same pans as a crusted chicken and there is a high risk of cross-contamination.
If you really want chicken, ask them to bake the chicken in the oven vs. pan fry it – they can usually accommodate if they have an experienced cook that day (note, you’ll have to wait an extra 10 minutes for baked chicken). They also offer shrimp, which can be safely made gluten-free. Inquire within.
It’s evident that Noodles & Company is trying to become more accommodating to people with special diets, and that the company, as a whole, is paying attention to where its ingredients are sourced.
Check out this photo of a sign I saw hanging prominently in the restaurant.
Overall, I highly recommend Noodles & Company as a family-friendly, inexpensive and easy lunch out with the family. It really is quite easy to be gluten-free at Noodles & Company.
The gluten-free member of your dining party will be happy (me!) – and as my family says, “When Mom is happy, everyone is happy.” Amen!
Don’t forget to read my article, 10 Gluten-Free Fast Food and Fast Casual Restaurants.