On a particularly chilly Wednesday afternoon, I decided a warm bowl of pasta was just what the doctor ordered. I had driven by the new Noodles & Company on Mills Civic Parkway, but had never tried it before.
About half an hour before the dinner rush, my toddler and I walked into the clean, relatively small restaurant. I stopped and perused our options on the menu posted right inside the door. Although I expected just noodle and pasta dishes, I was surprised to see sandwiches, soups and salads on the menu as well. The spicy chicken caesar sandwich on flatbread sounded delicious, but I stuck to my guns and ordered pasta. I ordered the pad thai with chicken and a crispy rice treat for dessert. For my toddler, I went with the buttered noodles and added meatballs for extra flavor.
We paid at the counter, rounded up a couple of drinks and found a comfy seat near the front windows while we waited for our meals. After a small wait, a pleasant waitress came over to serve us our food. She chatted with my toddler for a few minutes and was on her way.
My pad thai was delicious, full of crunchy carrots and just spicy enough for a kick. The generous portion of chicken was juicy and flavorful. I especially liked the heaping pile of peanuts that added a delicious, hearty crunch.
My daughter seemed to enjoy the meatballs in her pasta more than the actual pasta, but I enjoyed the pasta for both of us. With enough left to take home, we shared a few bites of the chewy, sweet crispy rice bar and loaded the rest into a take-home box.
While we devoured our last sweet bite, my toddler let out an adorable, “Mmmm!” and gave me a great big smile. I have to admit, I couldn’t have agreed with her more.
Noodles & Company
6630 Mills Civic Parkway
Phone: (515) 221-2341
Hours: Sun. – Wed.:
10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thur. – Sat.: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.