FINALLY, a place in Burlington that my coworkers and I can agree on for lunch. Most of the time, someone wants to be healthy and get a salad, someone else gets a wrap and myself of course, always wants Asian food. We usually end up at Fresh City in Woburn or grabbing lunch on our own and bringing it back to the office.
|Noodles & Company Burlington|
At Noodles & Company in Burlington, the new chain restaurant features a "World Tour Menu" in addition to comfort food staples like spaghetti & meatballs and mac & cheese. There's a good selection of Asian noodles that includes Japanese udon noodles, Pad Thai and Indonesian Peanut Saute. There's about 3 to 4 sandwich, salads and soup selections for each category on the menu. Similar to other chains, they also offer half and half combo specials, which is convenient.
|Noodles & Company Menu Board|
It was quite the weekend.
Noodles & Company is in the same Market Place complex as Del Frisco's Grille on the turnpike across from the Burlington mall. There's plenty of parking space but the lot is a bit difficult to access. We checked with one of the girls at the table outside of the mall and was walked into the restaurant and greeted by another employee who reviewed the menu with us.
Our complimentary meal entitled us to one free entree and one drink. They weren't set up to accept payment so we couldn't order any additional menu items as I was hoping to do.
We placed our orders at the cashier and the total came about to about $26.00 for a noodle dish, a Wisconsin steak and cheese sandwich that came with soup and 2 drinks. Although, we didn't have to pay, I thought that was a bit steep for a casual lunch for two. The cashier gave us our drink cups along with a number to put on our table for when our order was ready.
|Noodles & Company Organic Iced Tea|
We found a table on the patio. I love eating outside on beautiful days!
|Noodles & Company |
Burlington Location Outdoor Patio
I ordered the Indonesian Peanut Sate with tofu and chicken. The dish was surprisingly good! There were ample chicken breasts and fried tofu along with my favorite herb, Cilantro! The textures all came together and tied in nicely with the creamy peanut sate sauce. There was a bit too much beansprouts but the dish was still great. Of course, I had to add the Sriracha. The portion was huge and I was only able to finish half the entree.
|Noodles & Company Indonesian Chicken and Tofu Peanut Sate|
|Noodles & Company Wisconsin Steak and Cheese Sandwich|
The soup was also very good. It was thick and tangy and just right.
|Noodles & Company Tomato Basil Soup|
When I returned to the table, a server came to clear our plates. I inquired about the sweet endings and was informed that they were available. Unfortunately for us, they were out of the rice krispy treats but the nice gentleman brought over 2 huge Snickerdoodles cookies. I took a bite of the soft chewy cookie and was in heaven. Who would have known that the best Snickerdoodle cookie I've ever had would be from a place called Noodles & Company?
|Noodles & Company Large Snickerdoodle Cookie|
My coworker and I revisited for lunch today and tried a few new things. I was regretful because everything I had was sub par. I ordered the BBQ sandwich and the bread was soggy and the BBQ sauce tasted like cheap store brand version.
|BBQ Pork $5.95 (less side)|
Their chicken Peking ravioli on their "Shareables" menu lacked excitement and flavor.
|(6) pcs Chicken Potstickers $ 4.95|
Although I wasn't satisfied, my coworker loved his Japanese fried noodles with steak.
|Japanese Pan Noodles with marinated steak $ 8.70|
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