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SSR 17: Noodles with Company

July 5, 2010

Previous Madison Recaps:
SSR1: Greenbush, Wine & Laughter; Oh, my! 
SSR2: Willie Street
SSR3: Meeting my Julie for the first time
SSR4: Blogger Meet-Up Dinner at Bluephies
SSR5: Taking a Newbie to the Dane County Farmers Market
SSR6: Farmers Market Flowers
SSR7: State Street with Friends
SSR8: Madison Marathon Expo 2010
SSR9: Bratfest 2010
SSR10: Town Tour : 90% of the things I love about Madison
Guest Perspective: Savvy Wedding Recaps One and Two
SSR11: Savvy Wedding: my first wedding since the broken engagement
SSR12: State Street with Healthy Ashley 
SSR13: The Meshing : A Party of Epicness
SSR14: Saving with Friends
SSR15: Coming Soon: Miss Heather Meets Annabelle
SSR16: Art Class


Noodles & Company is one of my favorite chains in Madison, often frequented on weekends with friends while I was attending Edgewood College.  I’m quite certain that with every trip I’ve taken back to Madison since leaving in 2003 has included a visit to the popular dining spot.  Clearly, I was thankful that Kati & Kelly wanted to meet for lunch at Noodles before I left Madison on Tuesday.  I was pretty excited upon arrival 🙂

  104_3940 Noodles is a chain of fast casual dining restaurants that serve various pasta dishes ranging from Wisconsin Mac n Cheese to Mushroom Stroganoff to Pad Thai.  The menu features favorite American, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes which are all customizable by choosing to add seasoned grilled chicken, parmesan crusted chicken, braised or sautéed beef, shrip, tofu, or meatballs. The menu also includes breads, sides, and a few yummy desserts.  Extra happy to report that Noodles is affordable, as well!


I ordered the Japanese Pan Noodles with Tofu and it was extremely satisfying.  So satisfying, in fact, that I now want some for breakfast, a month later.  Unfortunately, I just scoped out the nearest Noodles from my little apartment, and it seems to be at least six hours away.  This saddens me slightly.
Lunch was filled with fantastic food and fabulous conversation with some good friends!  Much thanks to Kati and Kelly for accompanying me on my journey to noodles :)  I am so thankful to have such great people in the area to celebrate everyday life with me when I’m in town!


Do you have a favorite place to eat that is located far away from where you live?  Do you ever try to recreate your favorite dishes from restaurants you can’t visit often?  Anyone have a good Japanese Pan Noodles recipe 😉 ?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 8:23 am

    YES – It’s the Kim Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 🙂 Never tried to recreate anything from there. I think it’s so much about the atmosphere, the total experience, not just the food. Same thing with my favorite sandwich shop in London. I can get a replica of my favorite sandwich at Roly Poly, but it’s not the same when I’m not sitting in the grass with Mary in Bloomsbury Square, ya know?

  2. July 5, 2010 8:40 am

    I love your shirt! 🙂

  3. Megan Orcholski permalink
    July 5, 2010 11:31 am

    Sometime when you are feeling brave (and around a Noodles for more than a one time eat) you should try the udon noodles (the one’s in that dish) in their Pasta Fresca (which normally comes with penne). It has a sauce that tastes kind of like italian dressing. I get shrimp (obviously) and when it’s summer and you can get asparagus, do it (I sub out something so it doesn’t cost extra). It my fav. noodles dish (read-what I get every time). If you’re feeling spending get flatbread. and reg. soda. (the world according to Megan)

    When I watch Leah’s kids, we sometimes go to noodles. And they’ll have given me money and then when they try to pay me for the few hours I hung out with the kids (yes, we are friends so it’s more of a hang out) I’m like, “you bought me dinner. that’s a big deal. don’t pay me much else”

  4. Megan Orcholski permalink
    July 5, 2010 11:37 am

    Oh! and Pf Changs is my “I live far away I dream about you and can’t eat there” restaurant. I seriously long for their shrimp dumplings. (Their lettuce wraps are amazing and I enjoy many of the entrees. But the dumplings. Oh the dumplings). And one time this waiter told me how to make them (his name was Dave) and I tried! I took me three tries (first time too burnt, second too soggy…) It was great. The real benefit was he also told me how to make the sauce (you basically heat soy sauce with sugar and onions and few other things). It wasn’t as good as eating there with Tiff and Momma O, but it (kinda) satisfied my craving.

  5. Mary permalink
    July 5, 2010 1:50 pm

    I Love Noodles and Company. I had never heard of it until I moved to Raleigh though. We don’t have them where I’m from in NY.

    My favorite chain restaurant is probably panera. Luckily we have one close to where I live (conveniently 0.5 miles up the road) I do try to though when I’m short on cash, recreate the epic veggie soup with pesto and vegan black bean nomz as well 🙂

  6. July 5, 2010 3:10 pm

    Now you have me wanting to try the noodle place and the closest one to me is 3 hours away.

  7. July 6, 2010 10:07 am

    Hi Heather,

    My name is Jaclyn Grossfield and I work in Public Relations for Noodles & Company. I saw your blog post, and am so glad to see you got your Noodles & Company fix while you were in Madison! 🙂 While we can’t give away the exact recipe of our Japanese Pan Noodles, we have a few Japanese Pan Noodles cooking demos by our founding chef on our YouTube Channel at: Feel free to check them out!

    Social Media & Communications Specialist
    Noodles & Company


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