Cheap Eats 2010: Joe's Noodle House
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
Cheap Eats (2010)
Joe's Noodle House
Address: 1488-C Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-881-5518
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Szechuan, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 10; Saturday and Sunday 11 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Twinbrook
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pork dumplings; vegetable buns; chive pockets; scallion pancakes; wontons in red sauce; bamboo shoot salad; cucumber salad; whole steamed fish with scallion and ginger or sour-cabbage and chilies; noodle soups with beef or pork-and- radish; Szechuan strin
Price Details: Appetizers 95 cents to $6.95; entrées $4.95 to $10.95.

Why go: The hundreds of choices at this brightly decorated dining room practically dare diners to try something new. The dishes are largely Szechuan, but the menu samples many cuisines, including Korean, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Hunan.

What to get: Shrimp, scallops, and calamari in spicy-sweet pickled-pepper sauce; succulent bamboo salad; pork with pressed tofu and leeks (sometimes swapped out for garlic scapes in summer); crispy scallion pancakes; steamed pork-filled dumplings; shrimp with scrambled eggs; hot-and-sour whole steamed fish with pickled cabbage.

Best for: Adventurous eaters who don’t shy away from dishes designated as “numbing” or made with ingredients such as duck tongue.

Insider tip: The name is a leftover from a previous owner—there’s no Joe, and the noodles are a weak spot. Ask owner Audrey Jan about the seasonally inspired specials posted behind the counter, where she takes orders.

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