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One lunch, Two restaurants: Noodles & Company and Smashburger

I love noodles.  Every kind.  If I had to pick a favorite type of noodle, it would be a toss up between Chinese style lo mein noodles, egg noodles and Japanese style udon noodles.  The good news is I found a restaurant that has them all!  Noodles & Company in East Brunswick, NJ offers the biggest variety of noodles I have ever seen.  Each dish on their menu looks better than the next.  

Last month, I was given the opportunity to try out a few of Noodles & Company's bowls with my family.  Here is what we tried:


Our order consisted of the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, the Japanese Pan Noodles, the Spinach & Fresh Fruit Salad, and the Garden Pesto Saute (which is only offered for a limited time).  

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There were only 3 of us eating and two of the people were kids, so I knew from the beginning that this was WAY too much food.  But to be totally honest, I could have become a member of the Clean Plate Club quite easily if I was only eating one bowl.  They were all delicious.  My favorite was the Pesto saute while my kids really enjoyed the Japanese Pan Noodles.


We were so full and worried that all the delicious leftovers would go to waste.  Fortunately, Noodles & Company had very convenient leftover containers right there at the condiment stand.  We were able to bring everything home with us for a second meal!


Once we packed up our delicious noodles in the leftover containers, we headed out to get some dessert milkshakes down the road at Smashburger.  We had been to Smashburger before, but had not tried their shakes.  We figured with the addition of their new PB&J shake to the menu, it was the perfect opportunity to slurp some down this time.


This hand-spun shake combines premium Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream blended with strawberry syrup and crushed Nutter Butter Cookies to create an authentic peanut butter and jelly blend with every savory sip.  The Peanut Butter & Jelly shake is available from July 1 through September 30, 2013.

My kids LOVED it.  I didn't think they could fit any more in their little bodies, but somehow they managed.  All in all, we had a delicious lunch and left East Brunswick with our bellies full and smiles on our faces.   If you have the chance to visit Noodles & Company and/or Smashburger in your travels, I highly recommend them both.  Both restaurants have friendly helpful staff, delicious good-for-you food and are extremely clean - bathrooms included! 

About Smashburger:

Smashburger is America’s fastest growing, fast casual “better burger” restaurant with more than 208 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 29 states and in four international countries.  Smashburger has 13 locations currently open throughout Northern New Jersey including Clifton, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hackensack, Montclair/Glen Ridge, Morris Plains, Newark Liberty International Airport (Terminal C), New Providence, Paramus, Parsippany, Ramsey, East Brunswick and recently opened North Brunswick.  By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Häagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers.  To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.  And look for their newest location opening soon at 1060 Cedarbridge Ave in Brick, NJ!


About Noodles & Company:

 Noodles & Company, a premium fast-casual restaurant chain, brings the world's most popular, classic noodle and pasta dishes together under one roof to create Your World Kitchen.  Unlike any other, it is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where global flavors don’t end with the noodle.  Inspired by some of the most celebrated flavor combinations in the world, the menu offers appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, too.  Everything is cooked to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients.  Dishes are delivered to your table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite – all without the need to tip.  With more than 330 locations, from California to Connecticut, guests can find a location nearest them and take a tour of the global menu by visiting www.noodles.com.  For those craving more, please follow the company on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr or on our Noodles & Company blog affectionately called ‘& Company.’  

The location we visited is owned and operated by Hillside-based Mascott Corporation and is located at 683 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick.   


Disclosure: I was given all the above foods mentioned free of charge.  No other compensation was given to me.  All opinions in this post are my own.  All italicized paragraphs  in this post were taken from both Noodles & Company's and Smashburger's press releases.