Joe's Noodle House
1488-C Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Szechuan, Chinese
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Twinbrook
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
Starters, $1.75 to $6.95; entreés $4.95 to $10.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials
Why go: Authentic Chengdu street fare and regional specialties and snacks from across China attract crowds to this cramped order-at-the-counter diner, where heat levels range from “hot and spicy” to “numbing.” Owner and order taker Audrey Jan answers questions from behind the counter.
What to get: Pork-filled dumplings with hongyou, a red oil steeped with chilies and other spices; flaky scallion pancakes; dan dan mian, long, chewy noodles topped with ground pork; shrimp with scrambled eggs, a homey Taiwanese favorite rarely seen here.
Best for: Diners intrepid enough to brave the often-incendiary Szechuan cooking.
Insider tip: Despite the name, some of the noodle dishes are not very compelling. Look to specials posted on the wall behind the cash register for what’s freshest and most exciting: stir-fried green beans with pork, bamboo stalks with beef, pea shoots with garlic, asparagus with ginger.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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