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!
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
Beer: Tsingtao, Sapporo, Hite, Coors Light (small $3.50, large $6.50)
Wine: House wine $5 a glass
Teetotalers: Tea, basic soda selection
Tea: House tea
Ideal Meal: Handmade noodles with pork
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Vegan Friendly: No