Thursday, February 20, 2014

Photo Recap: Noodles & Company Opens at 19th & L Streets, NW

These are exciting times for Denver-based Noodles & Company. Already flush with nearly 400 locations nationwide, the noodle haven is set to expand its east coast operations with its first franchises in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the next few weeks. Today, it was time to unveil DC's fourth branch, near the busy corner of 19th & L Streets, NW at 1140 19th Street. As you can imagine, it didn't take long to discover lines "out the door" less than an hour into opening day. We stopped by before the lunch rush, only to discover it's never too early to get your noodle fix on.

The space is terrific, although it gets a bit tight upstairs (where you order and pick up your food.) Thankfully, there's ample seating on the lower level and outside on the sprawling patio (in addition to a few seats on the main level, alongside not one but two Coca-Cola Freestyle dispensers.) The extensive menu is prominently displayed on the wall as you walk in, and once you get used to it... You may never have to go elsewhere for lunch again. That's because N&C has something for everyone, from American cuisine to Asian and Italian. This means several pasta options for each... soups and sandwiches too. They say variety is the spice of life, and you'll be hard pressed to find a fast casual alternative with more options than Noodles & Company.

Main level

Noodles & Company is open daily 11-9, with extended hours (until 10:00 PM) Friday-Saturday. You can reach them directly at (202) 785-8823. Other DC locations include Georgetown, Woodley Park and nearby K Street (1667 K St., NW.) A new branch is also planned for Laurel, sometime later this year.

Additional seating on the Outdoor Patio

Make sure to sign up for Noodle & Company's e-Club (Noodlegrams) before your next visit. Click here, and you'll receive coupons, news and all kinds of other offers. We're also working with N&C on a contest for your chance to win free food: Check back in the next couple of weeks for more details.

Long lines on Day one

Lower level

Lower level