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: The hundreds of choices at this brightly decorated dining room practically dare diners to try something new. The dishes are largely Szechuan, but the menu samples many cuisines, including Korean, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Hunan.
What to get: Shrimp, scallops, and calamari in spicy-sweet pickled-pepper sauce; succulent bamboo salad; pork with pressed tofu and leeks (sometimes swapped out for garlic scapes in summer); crispy scallion pancakes; steamed pork-filled dumplings; shrimp with scrambled eggs; hot-and-sour whole steamed fish with pickled cabbage.
Best for: Adventurous eaters who don’t shy away from dishes designated as “numbing” or made with ingredients such as duck tongue.
Insider tip: The name is a leftover from a previous owner—there’s no Joe, and the noodles are a weak spot. Ask owner Audrey Jan about the seasonally inspired specials posted behind the counter, where she takes orders.
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