Frank’s Noodle House

Once upon a time I had a big ol’ crush on a guy named Frank, so I don’t find this noodle house’s name quite as unsexy as I might otherwise. But however hot and bothered (or not) the name might make you–Frank’s noodles are definitely swoony.

But the star of the show are Frank’s handmade noodles. Made fresh each morning, they are a delight–hot, thick, and slightly chewy. These are hunky noodles, and you will develop a crush on them.

Set in a charming Victorian on Northeast Broadway, Frank’s interior is as prim and sensible as a Jane Austen character, and the fastidiousness extends to preserving the hardwoods—judging from the bright new tennis balls affixed to the bottom of each chair leg.

Owner/Chief Noodlemaker Frank Fong and his wife Ying Jun Gao, formerly of well-loved Du Kuh Bee in Beaverton, have put together a menu that showcases a variety of Chinese and Korean dishes, from Kung Pao Chicken and Shanghai Baby Bok Choy to Spicy Pork Bone Stew and Bulgogi and the menu runs from the tame (Cashew Chicken, Won Ton Soup, Spring Rolls) to the more daring (Sea Snail Salad, BBQ Chicken Gizzard).

But the star of the show are Frank’s eponymous handmade noodles. Made fresh each morning, they are a delight–hot, thick, and slightly chewy. These are hunky noodles, and you will develop a crush on them.

Lunch is the best value at Frank’s—your main dish comes with complimentary hot and sour or egg flower soup, as well as small bowls of kimchi and Daikon radish, and the prices are recession-friendly–you’ll be stuffed when you leave, and the bill barely ventures into double digits territory. There’s nothing sexier than a cheap date named Frank!

Details

Cuisine: Chinese

Executive Chef: Frank Fong

Owner: Frank Fong, Ying Jun Gao

Atmosphere: Small, narrow, no-frills dining room in an immaculate little Victorian

Outdoor seating: No

Noise Level: Medium

Dress Code: Casual

Bring the Kids: Yes

Bathrooms: Yes, in the back of the restaurant, on the right hand side

Parking: Street parking is metered and generally easy to find

Cocktails: No

Beer: Tsingtao, Sapporo, Hite, Coors Light (small $3.50, large $6.50)

Wine: House wine $5 a glass

Teetotalers: Tea, basic soda selection

Coffee: No

Tea: House tea

Ideal Meal: Handmade noodles with pork

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Vegan Friendly: No

Reservations: No

Take-Out: Yes

Delivery: No