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