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Joe's Noodle House
Look past the grubby stripmall exterior--this is some of the best Szechuan cooking in the area.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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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
Scene:
Food Specials

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

The message here is clear: Chilies rule. The little red peppers are all over this dirt-cheap Szechuan favorite--hanging behind the counter where you place your order, decorating the aprons worn by the waitstaff who deliver your food, and all over the menu, where a single pepper alerts diners that a dish is "hot and spicy" and a chili with a star signifies that it's "numbing."

Dim lighting and spartan surroundings matter less once the food arrives. Noodle soups, rich with bitter greens and beef or pork and blazing with a slick of red-chili oil, are feasts for one. You'll see families, many of them Chinese, passing larger plates of Szechuan string beans, eggplant with garlic, and flash-fried squid, scattered with garlic and more chilies. A whole steamed tilapia is terrific smothered in chilies and cabbage and just as good with a milder covering of scallions and ginger. The $12.50 price tag makes it feel like stealing.

There are plenty of foils for the heat--tender dumplings that hold minced pork, vegetable buns, warm chive pockets and scallion crepes, and crisp, cool salads of bamboo shoots and cucumber.

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