100 Best Restaurants 2008: Bob's Noodle 66
No. 73: Bob's Noodle 66
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Bob's Noodle 66
Address: 305 North Washington Street, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-315-6668
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ginger-chicken casserole; buffalo fish with ginger and tofu; salt-and-pepper pork chops; Taiwanese hamburger; roast-pork/sour-mustard soup; shaved ice with red beans and lychee.
Price Details: Entrees, $2.95 to $15.95.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Taiwanese cooking in all its depth, complexity, and funkiness—steaming tureens of soup, feed-a-village noodle dishes, rich, layered casseroles, and assorted exotica such as stir-fried loofah, duck-blood soup, and crispy duck tongue.

Mood: You’d hardly think a place as spare as this one could generate such excitement, but a sense of anticipation pervades the room, with happy families gathered around lazy Susans and everyone turning to see what succulent morsel is being rushed from kitchen to table.

Best for: Anyone bored with the same old stir-frys and egg rolls.

Best dishes: Taiwanese “hamburger”—soft, tender hunks of pork stuffed into a steamed bun with a bit of sautéed greens; a soft, eggy pancake studded with oysters and sided with Chinese ketchup; fried duck tongues with garlic and basil; a teeming fish hot pot; ginger-chicken casserole; veal chops in black-pepper sauce; for dessert, a volcano of shaved ice with a lava flow of lychee, peanuts, and red beans spilling down its sides.

Insider tips: One of the best dining deals in the area, the $18.95 weekday lunch special—a bowl of soup for two plus three entrées (easily enough for four)—provides an excellent introduction to the cooking at Bob’s. Bring cash; the place doesn’t take credit cards.

Service: ½

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