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Michael's Noodles

10038 Darnestown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850

301-738-0370

Neighborhood: Rockville

Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese

Opening Hours:
Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10:30.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://michaelsnoodles.com/

Best Dishes:
Pan-sautéed dumplings; mustard greens with fresh soy beans; Hainan chicken rice; slow-roasted beef noodle soup; sautéed pork with chives and dried bean curd; thick Shanghai-style noodles.

Special Features: Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2008: Michael's Noodles

Why go: Dishes seldom seen elsewhere—including esoteric preparations from Taiwan and mainland China—lift this snug but attractive strip-mall restaurant above the tide of more-conventional Chinese spots.

What to get: Pan-sautéed dumplings glazed with chili oil on the side; mustard greens mellowed by fresh soy beans; Hainan chicken rice, a specialty from the island of Hainan that brings together tender braised chicken, rice steeped in chicken broth, and chili and ginger dipping sauces; slow-roasted beef noodle soup; sautéed slivers of pork with chives and chewy dried bean curd; thick Shanghai-style noodles.

Best for: Those looking for a cozier, more intimate setting than the area’s big dim-sum palaces.

Insider tip: Owner Michael Wang makes only occasional appearances, but servers are knowledgeable about the menu and quick to offer suggestions for putting together a meal.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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