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Joe's Noodle House (and Sichuan Jin RIver): Downhill concerns?

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Just had Joe's for the first time in a *long* time and, sad to say, it was nowhere near what it was back in the day. Everything was fresh enough, but it was bland -- dumbed down, perhaps. Not the explosion of flavors one used to get in, e.g., the homestyle kung pao, the smelt with peanuts, the won tons in hot & spicy sauce, and the crispy/spicy shrimp.

There have been a slew of downhill alerts recently for Sichuan Jin River, too; but although I have noticed that the "wow"s are fewer and farther between, we've continued to have success there most of the time.

Both spots have most of the same old front-of-the-house staff, and both still attract many Chinese patrons; but perhaps there have been some departures in the kitchens. (As I recall, the original Joe's chef departed *for* Jin RIver several years ago.) I wonder if there are one or two great Sichuan chefs who have relocated elsewhere in Montgomery County . . . . There's probably a Chinese-language site that collects all this info somewhere; but if so, I haven't heard of it.

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  1. Sad to read.

    I forget the name of the woman that has always been At JNH, was she there?

    If I go I will ask her what she recommends for longtime fans that don't want to be disappointed...

    4 Replies
    1. re: Steve

      I go to Joe's about once a month. Was there last Wednesday, in fact. Flavors seemed the same to me, which is to say--delicious. Has something happened since then? God, I hope not. I love that place.

      1. re: Steve

        Just remembered her name, Audrey..... was she there?

        1. re: Steve

          Yes, Audrey was there. Might have just been an off-night (chef's night off?), if flavrmeistr's experience is any indication. Hope so.

          1. re: Marty L.

            There are still occasional reports that if you aren't known by the person taking the order, and you don't look Chinese, you don't get the full-on spice treatment. Just FWIW.

      2. I was there about three weeks ago and things seemed just fine. Hopefully just an off day.

        1. I was there just yesterday. The Cumin Beef and Hot Sour soup were spot on as was the service.