After reading all the accolades for Joe's, I made the drive to Rockville last night for some take-out.
We tried seven appetizers and two entrees. Not a clunker in the bunch. The entrees -- crispy beef and the famous rice cakes -- suffered a bit from the long drive but were still very tasty. Kudos to the Joe's staff for poking two holes in the crispy beef lid so it would at least have a chance of not getting steamed to death (which it did anyway, but we still liked it -- it was not cloyingly sweet like so many renditions of this dish -- we'd just order it only while eating at the restaurant). The ratio of rice cake to other ingredients was a bit high in comparison to the rice cake dishes I've had in Boston, but that is a very small complaint.
The appetizers were the real revelation. Other than the scallion crepe, they were things we've never had before. Standouts: shredded bean curd salad; mustard green, edamame, and tofu salad; and chopped leek stem, pork, garlic, and black bean.
The other four appies: boiled peanuts; scallion crepe;, bean curd wrapper stuffed with shitake mushrooms; and shredded bamboo shoot salad were all very good too.
Price for all this was $37. Portions are very generous: this amounts to two full meals for two Chinese food lovers.
Finally, kudos to the staff for checking several times to make sure our order was complete. I'm sure many of you know the exasperated feeling of getting your food home and something being missing.
Thanks to everyone for alerting us to this amazing restaurant!