Noodles & Company
Although this is "yet another chain," it's pretty darn good. Obviously the focus here is noodles, but they have a great selection of soups and salads. Consistency and reliability is always on the menu here.
Vegetarians and vegans will love the options here as they are clearly marked and the calorie conscious among us will find a large number of dishes that fit within a sensible eating plan. Dishes come in two sizes and I frequently get the Med Salad large which is filing and only 310 calories. The price can't be beat.
Service is wicked fast, but the place can get busy so a table is sometimes hard to find and after being in Lawrence a long while, it's a very popular spot. Be warned in the winter though. A few tables are right by the door and it gets extremely drafty. I've made that mistake more than once.
Look for the rice krispie treats at the checkout because life is always better with rice krispie treats!
I LOVE Noodles and company. The service is great. I had a problem with my order on one occasion. When I contacted Noodles and Co. they gave me two entire meals for free along with their apologies and gratitude that I had returned to their establishment. They have many choices to fit every taste... my personal favorite is the Mediterranean salad! Yum! Two people can eat at Noodles and Co. for less than $15 and it's worth every penny.