Got your attention, eh?
Noah's is a Modesto institution. When I moved back to
the area in the mid-70's, Noah's was in its venerable
spot, downtown sandwiched between a pawnshop and a
flophouse. Noah himself, however, had sold the shop to
a Chinese sub-chef, who proceeded to put some Chinese
items on the menu alongside the traditional hof brau
menu. The result was magic.
The old Noah's was a place to conjure with. Behind the
coulnter was spotless, but the windows were always
steamed up and greasy looking, and you always wished
for a handkerchief to operate the doorknob. The
clientele was equal parts skid row and people from the
courts--judges, lawyers, secretaries, and a leavening
of City hall folks.
the food is what made the place: the roasts--beef,
turkey, ham, and the delectible piled-high
sandwiches--the Chinese chef was an artist with the
knife, deftly carving these meats into paper thin
slices, then piling it all onto a very respectable
But what really made the place for me was the barbequed
pork and fried rice--order a #1 to get this. Positive
nirvana! Fried rice made just right, full of bits of
egg, pork, and scallions, and slices of the most
amazing pork, that seems to be always perfect.
The old place is no more--gone the way of
redevelopment, they have relocated to a new spot half a
dozen blocks away and way too sanitary,
vinyl-and-formica. We're now on yet a new generation
of Chinese chef, but thank God, he got the old recipes
and training, and the BBQ pork and fried rice hasn't
If you're in Modesto, you owe it to yourself to try
this local institution. I strongly reccommend the #1
($4.35 for more than you can eat).