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Joe’s Noodle House, Bob’s Noodle 66, and Seven Seas

Joe’s Noodle House, Bob’s Noodle 66, and Seven Seas. The Washingtonian say that these are all great places to eat and a good bang for your buck...is this true??? I'm new here and need to find some favorite places to eat ethnic food.

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  1. Joe's remains my hands-down favorite. Scary good. Seven Seas is huge and over-priced. Haven't tried Bob's because it's too close to Joe's. Anyway, I prefer the hotter northern Chinese style of cooking at Joe's as opposed to Taiwanese (Bob's) and the milder southern Chinese cuisine of Seven Seas. The Seven Seas in Bailey's Crossroads does serve a large variety of sea creatures, though.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      I think you're confusing Seven Seas with Fortune (I believe there is only one Seven Seas, in Rockville).

      Personally, I've always had very good food at Seven Seas, but I haven't been there in years, and it was always for banquets.

      1. re: Lori D

        arent all of these restaurants in Rockville?

        1. re: Lori D

          There is (or was) a Seven Seas on Rt. 7 between Culmore and Bailey's Crossroads, a huge place that catered a lot of Chinese weddings. I had geoduck and some other interesting things on one particular occasion, but it was pricy. This was maybe 2 years ago. Don't know if it was related to the one in Rockville. Don't really care, either, as I can eat better for a third the cost at Joe's.

      2. Joes and Bob's are both very good in different ways. If you love hot and lots of small dishes, you're going to love Joe's. Also, Bob's has table service, where at Joe's, you order at the counter and they bring it to the table, a bit less formal. Searching this board should get you a listing of menu items, by number, to try at Joes. Ironically, the noodles aren't one of their stronger point; my understanding is that the English name is a relic from a previous owner some years back.

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        1. re: PollyG

          Hello from Beijing! Joe's Noodle House is called "Emei Xiaoguan" (峨嵋小官)in Chinese, if I am not mistaken, named after a famous mountain in Sichuan province.

          1. re: James G

            very cool!!!!

            1. re: James G

              Show-off.

          2. Joe's is excellent, but very low key. The menu is huge, the prices fantastic and the food wonderful.

            Seven Seas is not huge, in fact it got even smaller with the ast remodel. The food is very good, especially the seafood. Prices are about average for a good Chinese restaruant.

            I can't comment on Bob's as I've never made it there. Can't seem to get past Joe's.

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            1. re: dinwiddie

              Myself. I did manage to try Sam Woo's, about half a mile up the Pike from Joe's. Very good Korean barbecue and bibm bap(?), a full meal served in a stone pot heated to about 400 degrees and accompanied by about 20 little bowls of condiments (kim chee, pickled ginger and the like) for 10 bucks. Helluva deal and a lot of fun.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                Sam Woo's is fine, but is more expensive and not nearly as good as the places in "Koreatown" down in Annandale.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I'll take your word for it. My solo visit to Sam Woo's notwithstanding, I have an irrational fear of "authentic" Korean restaurants. Probably due to the unspeakable things I witnessed while working in a Korean mob joint years ago. Brutal.

            2. Sam Woo's is horrible!!! Back in the day it used to be ok but it has just consitantly gone down over the years. The only decent Korean Restaurants in Maryland that I can think of are Arriang and Lighthouse. Arriang (sp?? I know how to spell it in Korean) is located on Gude Road and Lighthouse just opened up this year (it is a breakoff from a Korean Restaurant in Annandale). Is on Twinbrook road where House of Chinese Chicken used to be.

              As for the Chinese food, I like bob's better than Joe's. Bob's is a lot cleaner (the restaurant is a LOT cleaner and so is the taste of the food). Seven Seas has gone down over the years and is living off it's past hype. If you want good Korean and willing to drive a bit- go to Hae-bin in Annandale.

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              1. re: deliismylife

                Can you give more insight on where Arriang is on Gude? I work/live near there and would love a good Korean option (beyond Lighthouse, which I tried and really liked). Thanks!

                ETA: I found a place called Han Bat at 1613 Gude Dr. that didn't get very good reviews here:

                http://www.koreandc.com/restaurant/de...

              2. I really don't get this "either Joe's or Bob's" argument about Chinese food. They are not the same cuisine, and represent different parts of the Chinese culinary ensemble. It's like trying to compare NC Barbecue to a New England clam bake when discussing American food. It all depends on your personal preference for spiciness, fresh ingredients, or just a different take on food. They all deserve to be tried.

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                1. re: dpan

                  dpan
                  I agree, but don't understand your reference to "fresh ingredients." Are you saying one or the other tends to use less fresh ingredients (where they are called for)?

                2. Yes, that's what I was meant. Chinese regional cooking is different in many ways based on the availability of fresh meats and fish. The regional styles with the widest availbility of meats, seafood, etc. are the Cantonese and Shanghaiese because of their proximity to the ocean and the wide variety of produce and grains grown in the region. These two types of cooking rely on maintaining the freshness of the food and not to mask the flavors with spices. The northern areas have traditionally relied more on pork and wheat as the climate and distance from the ocean didn't allow the wide cultivation of different varieties of produce and grain and getting fresh seafood to the markets was difficult. The inland areas in Szechuan didn't have access to fresh seafood and relied more on spices in their cooking. I'm probably not totally correct on this, but that's my understanding of the differences in regional styles.