I haven’t been that adventurous with my celiac daughter to places like Chipotle and Noodles & Co. who have gluten-free options. I really should be better about it. So recently when we were running errands I saw a Noodles & Co. and went for it.
Rice Noodles at Noodles & Co.
Here’s how I worked it out — we went there at about 11:15 a.m. before the lunch rush. I asked if they still had the rice noodles and they said yes. I asked if they cooked in fresh water — they said yes. So I explained our gluten issues, she put on the ticket that this was a “gluten allergy” (which was fine– I know some people don’t like using the word allergy in relation to celiac– but in this case it gets the point accross quickly with their cooks) to reinforce that the rice noodles couldn’t be cooked with any other water. And they knew which toppings my daughter could have by pulling a list they had right under the cash register.
Now keep in mind – and if you have read this blog before you know — my daughter is picky. So we went with the butter noodles with no seasoning. Yes pretty boring, but she did get to add parmesean cheese. She loved it!!! She even wanted to go back a few days later when she was going shopping with her Grandma. Sounds like a success to me! FYI, I also found out the cheese topping for their macaroni and cheese is not gluten-free.
I would recommend calling your Noodles & Co. early and verifying what other kinds of toppings there are that do not contain gluten. The company does address allergies on it’s website, but not in much detail.
What toppings do you have there? Feel free to leave a comment below!