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Apr 25, 2008 01:16 PM

Rockville Chinese

OK. need to do Chinese TONITE, finding confusing info on past entries. What was described as good is later amended because of change of ownership.. At this time (tonight) what is a decent mchinese restaurant? Thanks

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  1. Far East on Nicholson Lane, Rockville. DELICIOUS! Absolutely, by far the best chinese in Rockville!

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    1. re: Marylandmom3

      2nd that, though I have not been myself in more than a year.

    2. This is probably too late... some of my faves for Chinese in Rockville are Bob's 66, Tony Cheng's, Seven Seas, New Fortune. Far East is not bad, but more old school American Chinese.

      1. Ended up not making it out anyhow, but thanks for the replies, I'll be able to give them a try on another occasion. I am familiar with Far East but thought it had gone down hill more recently. Have not tried the others.

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        1. re: sundancer 10225

          Far East- really??? I work right near there and have found the food to be absolutely horrible. I go there for convenience and nothing else. I am so surprised to see it mentioned as great. I am a fan of Bob's Noodle in Rockville and Seven Seas.

        2. Too late for the OP, but I can't let a thread titled "Rockville Chinese" go without mentioning Joe's Noodle House.

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          1. re: Lori D

            I second that! Joe's Noodle House is great. Always
            lots of a Chinese customers.(a sure sign that it is
            good) Excellent food, but crappy decor... (but hey,
            food is more important to me)

            They make the best szechuan style Spicy Rabbit.

            1. re: OaktonWhitney

              3rd Joe's Noodle House.

              Also Bob's Noodle 66 and Seven Seas

              1. re: MarcDC

                I prefer Bob's 88 to 66. And they now serve the Tawaianeese Hamburger at 88.

                1. re: deangold

                  Another vote for Joe's Noodle House!!!!!!! My favorite dishes: dandan mian, suan la fish, mapo doufu, scallion pancake... oh, too many to name.

                  1. re: Cookingthebooks

                    Joes ins a mainstay in my Chinese rotation. My favorite is crispy dry fried beef or the 3 pepper chicken.

                    Also, I've been going to A & J more often. Yesterday I ahd a graet meal of won tons in red, pickled cabbage and garlic cukes. The juicy pork buns were not very juicy at all but had good flavor. I should have stuck to my first choice of potstickers!

                1. re: jeb

                  Ok, I was just trying to be nice with my previous comment that Far East wasn't bad :) Everyone has different tastes and preferences. There are definitely much better Chinese choices in Rockville than Far East. It was THE place maybe 15-20 years ago.

            2. On the basis of this thread, my mother and I had a meal at Joe's Noodle House while we were in town for the weekend. I must say that your other Chinese food options must be pretty horrible if this is the best recommendation to be found in the Rockville area. We had ma po tofu, chicken and eggplant with basil hot pot, a fish filet and soft bean curd in sichuan sauce (turned out to be nearly identical to ma po tofu but with fish filets) and string beans sichuan style. The entirety of our food was oversalted. I had asked them to make the tofu and the fish dishes mild b/c my mom isn't used to spice, but they were made way too spicy for her and they failed to correct this after we pointed it out to them. Regardless of the spice level (I would prefer them as spicy or even spicier than they were made but I wanted them to be mild for my mom), the sauce was ridiculously salty and also over peppered. The string beans were fine. The hot pot pretty tasteless, with dried out chicken in a soy based sauce that pooled at the bottom of the pot. The rice was definitely non-traditional- very nutty. We barely touched our food at all. I knew that I was spoiled with Little Pepper and Spicy and Tasty in NY (and Wu Liang Ye and Grand Sichuan), but now I know how truly lucky I am.

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              1. re: Jesikka

                Sorry you didn't like Joe's as it is probably my favorite restaurant in the area. I find it curious that you would order two dishes almost exactly the same especially two spicy dishes in which you would have to ask them to tone down the spiciness. Personally, I would never do that. if for some reason I went to a Sichuan restaurant with someone who couldn't eat very spicy, I would go with certain classics like dried tofu (or rice cakes) with shredded pork, peanuts with fried baby smelt, eggplant in garlic sauce, cucumber salad, seasoned seaweed, tender bamboo shoots. You'd miss most of the best stuff, but you would still eat exceptionally well.

                1. re: Steve

                  I live in NY but visit my parents in Bethesda periodically. Glad to hear Joe's still rocks! I went to Bob's Noodle House a few years ago. We didn't find it so special. Would love to hear of people picks for Chinese in the Bethesda / Rockville area. I especially love Taiwanese food, but haven't found it so readily.

                  Very reasonably priced Peking Duck in Bethesda at China Express and Mayflower, by the way (at least this was the case the last time I checked, which was within the past year).

                  1. re: uwsgrazer

                    Bob's other Taiwanese restaurant, Bob's 88 Shabu Shabu, serves better Taiwanese food than the original Bob's Noodle 66, IMHO. And right across the street from the original location!

                    That and Joe's are the two standouts in Central MoCo. And New Fortune for dim sum, on Rockville Pike just north of Shady Grove Rd.

                2. re: Jesikka

                  I have to agree with Jesikka above--I don't like the quality and taste of the food at Joe's Noodle either. Over ten years ago, Joe's was THE place to go amongst the local Chinese community. Granted, many Chinese still frequent Joe's but it's definitely not considered the best. About five years ago, the original owners left to open Jen's in Gaithersburg and Joe's took a dive down hill. Jen's was awesome those first few years and was everything Joe's used to be in its prime. (Unfortunately, the owners of Jen's sold out about three years ago).

                  To each their own--everyone has different tastes. For me, Joe's doesn't reflect the best Chinese food the Metro DC area has to offer.

                  1. re: rheelee

                    Of course not everyone agrees, but your 'timeline' gives a false impression.

                    The food at Joe's right now is about the same as it was before the 'change in ownership.' it is one thing to not like the food at Joe's. But you'd have to eat extensively through the menu before you found a difference between how the food is now and how it was then.