Lunch at the Ranch 99
February 3, 2004
After eating one too many meals in the
company cafeteria, I came to realize I really don't like the food there.
It's overpriced and really not that good. I'm finding myself
dragging my co-workers or nearby Silicon Valley colleagues out to lunch a
little more often lately. At least when my schedule allows for it.
Down the street we have the Ranch 99 complex. Anyone in the Bay Area who
is familiar with the chain knows there is always a handful of selections for
lunch surrounding a Ranch 99. There's certainly plenty to choose
from with the Hong Kong style cafes, noodle houses, or hot pot restaurants.
The complex gets just as much business as McCarthy Ranch across the other side
of 237. But over there, the typical American chain restaurant moves slow
and there always seems to be a traffic backup as everyone heads back to the
office at the same time. At the Ranch 99 complex, all the Asian eateries
have the mentality of getting the customer out the door quickly so they can
serve more food and make more money. There's plenty of
business, but the traffic is always constantly moving in and out so if parking
looks full at first, no worries as there should soon be a bunch of people
finishing up and leaving.
Of all the places to eat at Ranch 99 in
Milpitas, it is T.K. Noodle House that has always amazed me at how they
mastered the art of quick turnaround. If you have ever eaten at a
T.K. Noodle chain before, you should be familiar with how they can have
you finish a large bowl of noodles and out the door in less than 15 minutes.
As soon as you sit down and pick up the menu, there is someone ready to take
your order. I always find it amusing how the newbies are shocked as they
haven't even had the chance to look at the menu. The person who takes
your order punches the information into a handheld electronic unit and in less
than 60 seconds someone is carrying out a tray with bowls of noodles.
Not even two minutes in the restaurant and your food is already at your table.
A full meal for two and at less than $10, it is not a bad dealio.
And hey, if you're hungry and don't feel like waiting for food, here's the
place for you. It's quick and cheap.
So if you ever find yourself in Milpitas
during the week, drop me a line and we
can have lunch at the T.K. Noodle.