Cheap Eats 2008: Bob's Noodle 66
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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

Why go: The secret is out—it’s not just homesick Taiwanese nationals who find comfort in this humble dining room, where affable owner Bob Liu presides and a vast menu of Taiwanese dishes beckons, including tureen-size soups, platters of loofah and duck’s blood, savory casseroles, hot pots, and shaved-ice desserts.

What to get: The misnamed Taiwanese hamburger, really tender pork tucked in a bun with tart mustard greens; sha cha beef with thick hand-cut noodles; crispy fried duck tongues with basil (you’d never guess what they were); gingery chicken casserole; caramelized short ribs with black-pepper sauce; papaya milkshake; for dessert, shaved ice with rivulets of red bean, lychee, and taro.

Best for: Culinary adventurers who want to eat very cheaply and very well—a group is best because you may want to try lots of dishes. But make a reservation: The place can get crowded at peak lunch and dinner hours.

Insider tip: Bring cash; the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards. And the daily lunch special—three dishes and a soup for $18.95—is meant for two but big enough for three, and it’s one of the best deals around.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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