Joe's Noodle House

1488-C Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852


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

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

Cheap Eats 2009: Joe's Noodle House

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

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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