Mrs. Large and I have a new favorite fast/casual restaurant

This past Friday evening we explored Southington's Queen Street on our quest for grub, we almost settled on Outback Steakhouse, but a new restaurant that I hadn't seen before caught our eyes. Noodles & Company is located at 832 Queen Street in Southington. There's some competition right outside their doors, it's located in the same plaza as a Mexican restaurant, and IHOP and Outback are directly across the street. It's a warm, inviting place, with an open kitchen, and comfortable booths and tables.

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If you've been to a Chipotle, Salsa Fresca, or Moe's, the ordering process is very similar. Noodles & Company describe themselves as "Your World's Kitchen", and their menu choices reflect that. American, Italian, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines are all represented. You basically choose a noodle, sandwich, soup, or salad, and customize it to your liking. I chose to keep it simple, so I went with the Buttered Noodles topped with oven-roasted meatballs, and they were delicious!

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Mrs. Large went for the Pad Thai with Shrimp.

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Also excellent! Other menu options include: Pesto Cavatappi, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Whole Grain Tuscan Fresca, Indonesian Peanut Saute, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Potstickers, Thai Curry Soup, and many, many more. All entrees, salads and sandwiches are made to order, so nothing sits under warming lights.

We were warmly attended to by Sandy, who explained to us that the Southington location was the third Noodles & Company location in Connecticut, the others are located in Bishop's Corner in West Hartford, and Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury. Noodles & Company is headquartered in Denver, CO.

Noodles & Company is an excellent, healthier option compared to the burned-out burger joints. As we walked out, we both noticed how satisfied and good we felt. Mrs. Large pointed out that if you wanted to eat heavy and sloppy, the comfort foods are on the menu, but, if you wanted to keep it light and clean, there were also many options, much more so than a typical "Light menu fare" place.

Noodles & Company is located at 832 Queen Street in Southington, and they're open daily from 11AM until 10PM (9PM Sunday).

 

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