Monday, March 8, 2010

Noodles & Company now open on the Plaza

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

click to enlarge The main dining room at Noodles & Company on the Plaza.
  • The main dining room at Noodles & Company on the Plaza.

Noodles & Company opened its fifth location in the Kansas City area, at 540 Nichols Road, on Sunday.

The Plaza restaurant had the accordion windows open and the four tables on the front patio were filled with shoppers curious about the fast-casual restaurant that occupies the former McDonald's.

Noodles & Company offers customizable pastas, soups and salads. In addition to soft drinks, organic milk and tea, it also serves beer and wine.

The dining room is split into two areas. The main dining room will likely always be filled with families at this kid-friendly restaurant, but the portion of the room to the right of the counter in the back will likely cater to diners without children. There, the tables are primarily high boys with stools, refuge for those who are concerned about screaming kids.

After ordering, customers seat themselves, and food is then brought to the table.

The main dining room at Noodles & Company on the Plaza.
  • The main dining room at Noodles & Company on the Plaza.
  

Pad Thai is one of the six 'Asian' options on the menu at Noodles & Company.
  • Pad Thai is one of the six 'Asian' options on the menu at Noodles & Company.

click to enlarge A small dish of pesto cavatappi with chicken.
  • A small dish of pesto cavatappi with chicken.
Noodles & Company divides the menu by region: Asian, Mediterranean and American -- with four pastas, a soup and a salad in each category.

Dishes are available in two sizes: regular ($5.25) and small

($4.25), to which you can then add a protein ($2.25, chicken, beef,

shrimp, meatballs or tofu). The trio ($7.50) is a small bowl, a protein

and a side soup or salad. With a drink or dessert, your bill will likely be near $10. 

Pad Thai, Chinese Chop Salad and Thai Curry Soup are among the Asian dishes. Tomato Basil Bisque, Pesto Cavatappi and Penne Rosa (spicy tomato cream sauce) are some of the Mediterranean options, while Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti & Meatballs and Mushroom Stroganoff are part of the American menu.

Call in orders via 816-561-1600. The restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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