Noodles & Company is exactly that, noodles of various types and, well, things that keep noodles of various types company.
It was carb lovers nirvana. And I love carbs.
Although all the meals that don't have meat or fish are marked with a "V" for vegetarian there isn't any delineation for Vegan meals. I asked at the register and was given that all too familiar, "well, it's vegetarian and has a "v"."
"But does it have ... never mind." I ordered the Whole Wheat Tuscan linguini, (instead of the rice noodles), and the satay peanut sauce with tofu as my protein. My wife and daughter order and we go outside to enjoy some of this wonderful prespring weather, hot but not too, crisp but not too.
After an amazingly short wait a server brings out our food.
There's no tofu.
I bring the plate back and the young lady at the register takes it right away, brings it back, looks up the order on the computer screen next to the pass and reorders the dish. I go back outside and within 5 minutes a newly made hot bowl of noodles, with tofu, is placed in front of me with an apology.
It was delicious. Peanuts and spice, nuttiness of the noodles, sesame seeds and marinated tofu. I swear there wasn't a drop left on the plate and I could have downed another.
So was it vegan?
I looked up the website and a full page of nutritional information was available. Not only do they mention vegetarian options they specifically mention Vegans. Now I don't agree with the first statement at all but they hold out their hand and invite me in: