Here we go with some different things I’ve been eating and tenuous life lessons.Very Fresh Noodles (same stuff, less stuff, very good location)
I love Very Fresh Noodles. I also love X’ian Famous Foods. Which one’s better? I don’t know. Probably just depends on the day. I think it’s a stretch to say that either is way way better than the other.
(Where, while I also enjoy both In-N-Out and Shake Shack, I can see why people think one is way better than other. They’re more different than Very Fresh Noodles and X’ian Famous Foods. I also sometimes wish that In-N-Out didn’t have a good burger so I could say that In-N-Out vs Shake Shack boils down to being from California vs. liking good burgers. Because there’s something more pleasant about going to In-N-Out and so then California people will say you don’t get it, you don’t have to spend $22, and other true things but that aren’t about the burgers themselves. Anyway, this argument doesn’t happen anymore because Shake Shack is in California now too.)
Okay so basically X’ian was a great lunch option with multiple locations.
Very Fresh Noodles opened up a single location in the Chelsea Market. It’s very touristy, so that can be a non-starter for some people. But the side entrances meant it was somewhat easy to get in and get out without waddling through Chelsea Market’s main corridor. I’ve never seen Very Fresh Noodles without customers.
Very Fresh Noodles has similar food but with a much simpler menu. It was roughly: beef or lamb, dry or with soup.
A nice 2×2, like Apple’s offerings.
“Basically, Steve hit Apple’s entire product line with the Simple Stick. He was going to transition Apple from its multitude of computer models to a simple grid of four: laptops for consumers and pros and desktops for consumers and pros. It was one of the most dramatic minimizations of a product line in technology history.”
They’ve since added a few things, but not to the point of X’ian’s table of elements esque wall of photos to pick from.
Anyway, the takeaway: simplify your offerings and be on a platform where people already are.