Style – American, International, Noodle
Price Range ($) – 5 – 10
Rating – 8 out of 10
Location – 2635 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
After a day at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, Noodles & Company was the first restaurant I saw and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with this fast food joint.
The restaurant is located right across the street from the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station (Red Line) and a few blocks from the entrance to the Smithsonian National Zoo. The menu is very simple to navigate through and the dining area was clean, simple and quite nice.
The first dish was Pad Thai with Marinated Steak. They were rice noodles stir-fried with scrambled egg, carrots, cabbage, sweet chili, citrus, peanuts, Asian sprouts and cilantro. It was by far NOT the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had – the beef was overcooked, the vegetables were undercooked and there was lack of flavour. The portion was quite large, so if you want something fast, filling and average, then the Pad Thai is for you.
The second dish was Japanese Pan Noodles with Marinated Steak. They were caramelized udon noodles in a sweet soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame seeds and cilantro. This dish was actually quite nice for a fast food joint. The black sesame seeds were great additions and everything was cooked well.
The third dish was Chinese Chicken Chop Salad. It was grilled chicken, sesame-soy tossed mixed greens, Asian sprouts, cabbage, red bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, crispy wontons and black sesame seeds. Everything tasted fresh and the salad was made to order. The chicken was cooked well and not dry!
The fourth and last dish was Tomato Basil Bisque. It was a rich and zesty tomato soup with cream, sherry, fresh basil, garlic and italian parsley. The consistency was good and the seasoning was done right! Overall, a very tasty soup.
Food came in a timely manner and the employees were really nice to us! I have nothing to complain about.
The service was fast and they cooked with fresh ingredients. Everything tasted good, except for maybe the Pad Thai. If you’re looking for a place to quickly fill your empty stomachs after a day at the Zoo, come check it out!
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