Noodles & Company + giveaway

December 10, 2011

Who says it isn’t possible to taste another country’s cuisine for lunch without visiting the actual country? Noodles and Co makes it possible to travel the globe without leaving your table. They have taken the best dishes from Asia, Mediterranean, and America and transformed them into delicious and indulgent dishes right in your neighborhood. Forget paper and plasticware, you’ll be enjoying a real meal served on real china with real silverware.

Noodles and Company.

Noodles and Co just opened it’s first three locations in the heart of Texas, Austin. The first location is located right across the street from the University of Texas. I was immediately intrigued when I saw the banner go up because I’ve never heard of this restaurant chain before. It was a pleasure to be invited over for their grand opening at the UT location with the food editor of the Austin Statesmen, Addie Broyles.

Tessa Stamper is the executive chef and registered dietitian for Noodles & Company. I was very excited to be able to meet and talk with Tessa because not many chefs that have a nutrition background in food. To create dishes that are both delicious and healthy is challenging. Being a food blogger and a nutrition student is difficult. It’s hard to find fast food places that are healthy and taste good, especially around campus. Fortunately, now that Noodles and Co is open, students can eat a variety of diverse dishes that are delicious and healthy.

What led Chef Tessa to her current role heading up the kitchens at Noodles & Company is a passion for food and the power of connection between people of all walks of life with where their food comes from.

You can read about “Tessa’s Tips” on the Noodles and Company blog.

Very Berry Spinach Salad.

Strawberries, pecans, house-made croutons, crumbled bacon and blue cheese atop spinach with a balsamic fig drizzle.

This is one of my all time favorite salads. Fruit on top of salad use to sound repulsive in my head but after I tried it, I couldn’t get enough.

The combination of fresh tangy strawberries with crunchy pecans pairs nicely with the fresh crisp spinach and creamy blue cheese.

Nothing goes to waste at Noodles and Co including bread. It’s remade into little tasty, crunchy croutons!

The Med.

Chicken, mushrooms, spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, Noodle & Co’s zippy Med dressing, cilantro and feta on flatbread.

Light and healthy flatbread that is perfect for those on the go!

Thai Curry Soup.

Yellow coconut curry broth, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, tomato, red onion and rice noodles.

I love this soup, it’s hearty and delicious. It’s the perfect pairing with the flatbreads.

Noodle & Co has a special called the Sandwich Duo where you can get a flatbread and a side of soup/salad. Soup options include Thai curry, tomato basil bisque, and chicken noodle. Salad options include tossed greens, caesar, and cucumber tomato.

Pesto Cavatappi.

Creamy basil pesto, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, wine, cream, and Italian parsley over a bed of curly pasta. Garnished with a generous topping of grated Parmesan.

Comes with your choice of shrimp, chicken breast, or Parmesan crusted chicken.

Penne Rosa.
Spicy tomato cream sauce, penne pasta, mushrooms, tomato, spinach and wine. Garnished with your choice of freshly grated Parmesan or feta. Comes with a choice of shrimp or Parmesan crusted chicken.
The spicy tomato sauce wasn’t too spicy for me but it does give the pasta a nice kick against the creamy sauce.

Japanese Pan Noodles.
Caramelized udon noodles in a sweet soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame and cilantro.
The Japanese pan noodles were a miss for me. The noodles were extremely dried and over sauteed. My salivary glands were craving for a sauce.

Truffle Mac n Cheese.

A blend of cheddar and jack cheeses, mushrooms, truffle oil, and cream, over a bed of elbow macaroni. Garnished with a generous amount grated Parmesan cheese.

This was by far my favorite at Noodles and Co. And by far my favorite mac n cheese that I’ve ever had.

The elbow macaroni was cooked al dente and covered with this creamy and cheesy sauce. The truffle mushrooms add a delicious nutty flavor. I love that Noodles and Co grates fresh Parmesan cheese on all of their noodles. It brings the level of their dishes above typical fast food.

I just found their recipe on their blog!

A Taste of Koko with Noodles and Co PR, Executive Chef Tessa, and Austin Statesmen, Addie Broyles. 

If you do live in Austin, go visit Noodles and Company’s third location that just opened up at 9761 Great Hills Trail.

Noodles and Company giveaway.

Noodles and Company has generously provided me with 10 Bowl vouchers for my readers. You can redeem this vouches for a large bowl of noodles, soup, or a sandwich. 

How to enter

Bonus Entries

  • Follow my blog. The link is on the right panel. Anyone with a gmail account can sign up. 
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  • Mention the contest on your blog and include a link back to this entry. 

To enter, do any/or all of the following. Each counts as one entry. Thus the more entry options you do, the greater chance of winning! Please leave you email so I can get in contact with you. This giveaway is open nationwide and winners will be chosen by the Random number generator. The winner must respond within 24 hours. This giveaway will end at midnight on December 20, 2011.

Disclaimer: The dishes sampled above were generously provided by Noodles and Company. No compensation for offered for this review. This giveaway is sponsored by Noodles and Company. All opinions and photographs are of my own. 


Jane Ko is the founder and editor in chef of the food blog, A Taste of Koko. She is a blogger, food photographer, social media ninja, pastry chef, recipe tester, and brand developer. Currently resides in Austin, Texas with her Maltese puppy, Basil.


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