Cheap Eats 2007: Joe's Noodle House
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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 AM to 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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: Starters, $1.75 to $6.95; entre├ęs $4.95 to $10.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Food Specials

You can look at the menu and the placards with specials on the wall at this hopping Szechuan eatery that takes no reservations and has lines trailing out the door. But the trick is to talk owner-cashier Audrey Jan into revealing what’s marvelous and fresh. You might end up with crunchy green stems of Chinese watercress, a savory hash of pork, bean curd, and Chinese leek stems, calamari with tart pickled peppers and Chinese celery, or the oddly named Triple Delight, really a fiery chili-oil-slicked stew with beef, chicken, or shrimp.

Another approach is to see what the Chinese families are eating. It often involves a big tureen of soup, like one of delicately fashioned wontons in a pool of eye-watering red hot sauce. Familiar dishes are done well, too. Cold sesame noodles, made with sesame paste and oil (rather than peanut butter, as in Westernized versions), are a wonder of light, clear flavors.

Joe’s has the feel of an old-time Chinatown restaurant and the ring of authenticity—crowded tables, lazy Susans, happy chaos.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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