Seeking a belly-full of comfort? Nothing is more nurturing than noodles. Here are five noodle dishes guaranteed to make you feel all warm and cozy inside.
Chops Steaks Seafood and Bar
Not the beef Stroganoff your mom used to whip up on a rainy weekday, this is true upscale fare. Laquered in a rich, velvety red wine demi glace, the luxurious wide egg noodles are tossed with tender prime beef tips, intensely flavorful sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions. The dish is dolloped with sour cream, sprinkled with chives and served up with roasty-sweet carrot wedges.
1117 11th St., Sacramento, (916) 447-8900
Vegetable Stir-Fry on Rice Noodles
Lemon Grass Restaurant
A exciting mélange of flavors, Lemon Grass’ vegetable stir fry is composed of crusty strips of fried tofu jumbled with broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, carrot strips and softly sautéed red onions, all atop thin rice noodles. Also appearing in this garlicky, tangy warm mixture are bean sprouts, baby bok choy and delicately matchsticked cucumbers, interspersed with fresh basil and mint. Crunchy peanuts finish this lively dish.
601 Munroe St., Sacramento, (916) 486-4891
Fresh Egg Fettucini with Beef Ragú
Eminently comforting, Cosmo Cafe’s egg noodles are the best we’ve tasted in Sacramento. Perfectly al dente, very fresh and housemade, the noodles are piled with a fragrant, beefy ragú sauce and finished with a generous amount of shredded Parmesan cheese. The dish couldn’t be simpler, yet it provides pure satisfaction. You’ll pat your tummy after you’ve cleaned your plate.
1000 K St., Sacramento (916) 446-9800
2K Thai Food
Feeling glum? Tuck into a steaming bowl of 2K’s delicious guey-tiew num, a traditional Thai noodle soup. The broth is cleansing and restorative, containing bean sprouts, chopped green onion and cilantro leaves, and patrons can also choose to include meat (we like squid and duck) or tofu. Your biggest challenge in eating this soup is capturing those slippery rice noodles and getting them in your mouth—but it’s well worth the effort.
223 G St., Davis, (530) 759-2255
Piatti Ristorante & Bar
Gorgeously presented, Piatti’s pappardelle is one of the restaurant’s most enduringly popular menu items. The fresh noodles, saffron-yellow in color, are sautéed in butter with fat jumbo prawns, arugula and chunked tomatoes, then doused with white wine and generously sprinkled with chili flakes. The entrée is pleasing to both eye and palate, with a spicy zing from the chili flakes. This is a pasta hearty enough for a robust red wine accompaniment.
571 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento, (916) 649-8885