So after all the reports of the Joe's Noodle House's chef moving to Peking Cheers in Gaithersburg... I went last night.
We went in and were sized up as whiteys and promptly given the "American menu". I noticed the real menu as we were being led to our seats and grabbed it. There were many items on this menu and they were all translated (sometimes not well) into English.
I am a vegetarian so we ordered only vegetarian dishes... here were my impressions.
The cold dishes were on display in a small refrigerator at the front of the store. From these dishes we had:
1. Shredded Potato salad- Cold dish of shredded potato, delicious combination of sesame oil and cilantro ( a good cooling dish)
2. Bean Curd with Snow Cabbage- This is the edamame dish from Joe's Noodle House. It is Bean curd, Edamame, and some type of green (mustard). This dish was good but definitely better at Joe's. The flavor of the greens was weak and it tasted a bit old.
3. Pickled Cabbage Szechuan style- (i think that is what it was called)- this was a steal 95 cents for a plate of pickled veggies carrots, broccoli stems, cabbage. A bit spicy and salty with a nice acidity to it.
4. Szechuan style tofu- appetizer- better than Joe's and definitely firey- the tofu came in big blocks that diffused some of this spiciness.
5. Salty and crispy eggplant- A salty battered treat that was very enjoyable. This was topped with scallions, hot peppers, and garlic. You definitely can only have one or two of these. Between the two of this a whole plate was too much.
6. Spinach Noodles- This warm dish is normally served with a big pile of meat on top and I know this because it was brought out to the table this way and then the waiter turned around and began to yell a the kitchen. I don't know Chinese but I bet he wasn't saying nice things to them. Anyhow, noddles with szechuan sauce and spinach. The noodles were great and had a nice fire to them.
7. Shepard's purse soup with Spinach and tofu- A basic soup thickened with cornstarch. Enough to share between 2 (I think that is what Shepard's purse mean). A very simple soup basic broth, spinach, and tofu but it balanced out some of the spicier dishes.
It was a nice experience with good food. It was pretty funny because 2 different staff people came over to our table and seemed surprise that we were eating the food and that we were enjoying it.
Definite reccomendation and I will go back to try some of the other items on the extensive menu.
$30 for a huge dinner and a bunch of leftovers!