Chipotle tends to dominate any discussion of Denver-based, fast-casual chains. But just because Chipotle has 5lb burritos doesn't mean you should ignore the city's other national food star: Noodles & Company. Founded just two years after Steve Ells' juggernaut, Noodles & Co. has never quite played by the rules. It's Italian, and also Japanese, and also Thai, and also 'Merican, thanks to the beloved Wisconsin Mac & Cheese. Find out how the company's brazen strategy has played out over the past two decades below. You'll walk away with an in-house recipe, but, sadly, no French toast. Unless you're in Toronto.