So yesterday I was given an opportunity for free lunch by Noodles and Company. You like Noodles right. Yum. So I jumped at the free lunch chance and free lunch was...sandwiches? It turns out that Noodles have launched a line of sandwiches at their stores. I loved the story about how they came about. It turns out that the employees got sick of eating Mac and Cheese and Pad Thai every day so they started making their own sandwiches for their meals.
Well it only took several years for the management to notice but when they did they jumped at the idea and they have launched the sandwiches in Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky and Colorado. As of September 1, 2010, the sandwiches will be at all Noodles and Company locations nationwide.
So at our lunch they brought all 5 of their sandwiches for us to sample. They are:
Chicken, mushrooms, spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and feta served with their Med dressing served on a flatbread.
The Veggie Med
All of the above with no chicken.
Spicy Chicken Caesar
Chicken, romaine, field greens spicy Caesar dressing, wonton strips and parmesan on flatbread.
Sauteed beef, their classic Mac and Cheese sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, red onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms on flatbread.
Meatballs, spicy marinara sauce and parmesan on a ciabatta roll.
I was happy to sample 4 of them, all but the Med. My favorite, which should be no surprise to anyone, was the Wisconsin Cheesesteak. It was very tasty and had great veggies in it too. I was also a big fan of the meatball sandwich, which also seemed to be the hit with the kids at the lunch. The Spicy Chicken Caeser seemed to be a nice balance and it wasn't a salad in a sandwich, which I appreciated. As good as those were though, I thought that the Veggie Med is about the best example of a veggie sandwich that I've had. It is hard to do veggie's well and it was extremely tasty. And when I discovered that the veggie is 300 calories I realized I may have discovered my go-to quick, healthy lunch.
It was a treat to head up to Minnehaha and have a free lunch with some of my blogger friends, but it is even more fun to share it with you and give stuff away. Thanks to Noodles I have 3 pairs of FREE sandwich coupons to give away. So leave a comment sharing which one you'd like to try to enter to win two free sandwiches (leave an email too please). I'll draw for the winners on Tuesday morning July 27th.
* Noodles supplied the coupons to give away to you and they gave a few for my family too. They also gave us the great lunch and the information I shared with you. However they did not pay us or demand our opinions. My opinions are my own to share with you.