Thoughts on Zoodles:
Despite the inherently clever name, Zoodles cannot trick you into thinking they're anything other than zucchini cut in such a manner as to resemble pasta. I got the (new!) Zucchini and Asparagus with Lemon Sauce, and I tried the Zucchetti with Garlic and Wine Sauce, and both of them reminded me of side dishes prepared in the late '90s at nicer restaurants doing "New American" food. They're not bad, per se, but they're very clearly just a side of vegetables in a warm citrusy sauce, which, again, is a flavor profile that was all the rage back when I worked in the Natick Mall doing post-Christmas returns at the Abercrombie during my college break.
Not Great Noodle Dishes, AKA What To Avoid:
On a whole, the worst dishes at Noodles were in the Asian category. I can get into specifics, how the Pad Thai essentially had a full omelette sitting in the middle and the outer noodles had hardened to the point where you'd have to suck on them before they became soft enough to bite through, but, look, I'm not here just to cast aspersions.
There were issues in other categories, too. The Penne Rosado also felt like a '90s flashback. The spinach sat halfway between wilted and fresh, there were only occasional tomatoes, and maybe a single mushroom, and the smell was dead-on for a Stouffer's pizza right when you took it out of the toaster oven.
The meatballs, which I sampled as an Asian appetizer, and in the Spaghetti and Meatballs, had a tightness to them, the way Spaghetti O's meatballs did. And though I loved Spaghetti O's, that nostalgia does not play as well in a restaurant that isn't the pretend one I built in my mom's closet.