Dining and Drink

5 ways to celebrate National Noodle Month

Spend March indulging in handmade noodles

Monday, March 19
Starting at 3 p.m. every Monday, Underground Butcher hosts LZ Noodles at the Butcher Shop for a pop-up. Watch Lauralyn and Mason make their hand-pulled noodles while waiting for a fresh cup. With vegan options, rotating toppings and two different sizes, there is something for everyone. Prices vary based on size, 3-8 p.m., click here for more info

Tuesday, March 20- Sunday, March 25
From March 20-25, DLUX will offer six kinds of mac 'n' cheese in addition to its regular menu for Mac Madness. Varying from classics to original creations, the options include truffle mac, Bourbon Street mac, chili mac, caprese mac, cheddar mac and buffalo chicken mac. March Madness and Mac Madness were a match made in heaven. $9 each, click here for more info

Thursday, March 22
Indulge in a delicious meal from Big Mouth Pasta at The Robin Room on Thursday night. Kelly and Damián Messori created Big Mouth Pasta to bring Argentine style pasta to Wisconsin. Popping up all over the state, the Messoris craft unique pasta options for each occasion. Menu details for the The Robin Room pop-up will be released soon on the Facebook event page. Price varies based on dish, 6-9 p.m., click here for more info

Sunday, March 24
After getting a chance to enjoy Big Mouth Pasta at The Robin Room, learn how to make the pasta yourself at the Make and Take Pasta Class at MSCo. With the help of Big Mouth Pasta, MSCo (or Madison Sourdough) is giving you a chance to get your hands floury to make your own ravioli and pasta noodles. While preparing your pasta to take home, Madison Sourdough will offer some snacks and beverages for you to enjoy. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little flour on! $60 per person (purchase online, children ages 12-17 are welcome with an adult), 4-7 p.m., click here for more info

For even more noodles to slurp
Chicago-based Strings Ramen recently opened its doors at a Madison location. After experiencing success in Chicago with his first two Strings Ramen locations, Kenny Yang decided to open the first location outside of Chicago at 311 Frances St. While it opened at the end of January, Strings Ramen just changed its business hours this month so you have more time to check it out (especially if you're celebrating noodle month). If you think you have a high spice tolerance, you can attempt the "Monster Hell Challenge." The challenge: Finish a bowl of level five spice ramen in 20 minutes, and your bowl is free, plus you get a $50 gift card and a "Monster Hell" T-shirt. For a less devilish choice, try the seasonal special, which is a curry ramen. Prices range from $5.95-$13.95 for an entree, Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. click here for more info

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